Links and resources for students

 

Simon's Singing Exercises

 

Simon's Teaching Timetable

 

Salisbury Chamber Chorus

 

Simon's Facebook page

Simon's Facebook page as a teacher

Salisbury Chamber Chorus's Facebook page

 

Exam boards and information

Associated Board Singing Exams

Associated Board Music Theory

Associated Board dates and fees

LCM/UWL Music Theatre Exams

Trinity College Singing Exams

 

 

Teacher websites

musicteachers.co.uk

schoolofeverything.com

 

 

Listening resources

Spotify

 

 

Choir and singer resource websites

Making Music - UK's leading amateur music group umbrella organisation

choirs.org - information about British choirs
vocalist.org - singers and teachers forum, plus bookshop

John Fletcher - choral backing tracks

ChoraLine - choral backing tracks and other resources

 


Preparing sheet music for audition pianists

Musical Theatre Educators Alliance advice page


Opera
WNO
Royal Opera
ENO
Southampton Mayflower

Glyndebourne

Opera Base - opera news and database

 


Sheet music

Music Room

IMSLP - out of copyright free downloads

Score Exchange
Schubertline
Sheet Music Direct
Sheet Music Plus
Mogul Diamonds second hand books and music

 

 

Recommended music books

 

Opera aria collections:

Schirmer Arias for soprano (vol. 1, 2 and coloratura), mezzo, tenor, baritone or bass

(They look like this)

Music Theatre collections:

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, soprano vols 1-7, mezzo vols 1-7, tenor vols 1-7, baritone vols 1-7, duets vols 1 & 2

(They look like this)

NB SMTA volumes some in book only, book plus accompaniment online, book plus CD, and CD only versions. Make sure you buy what you want. They also vary in price considerably - second hand copies tend to be good bargains.

Contemporary Singing Actor for men, vols 1 & 2, or for women, vols 1 & 2, or duets

(They look like this)

French song collections:

Art of French Song, vol 1 & 2 (high or low), pub. Peters

Lieder collections:

German Lieder of the 19th Century (high or low), pub. Peters

Baroque Italian aria collections:

ABRSM: A Selection of Italian Arias, vols 1 & 2 (high or low)

ABRSM Grade 8 book (not fully inclusive):

The Art of Song Grade 8 (high, medium or low

And recommended books about music

'The AB Guide to Music Theory' (Parts 1 and 2) - Eric Taylor

'The Good Opera Guide' - Denis Forman

'Singing in Style' - Martha Elliot

'What to Listen For in Music' - Aaron Copland

'Music: A Very Short Introduction' - Nicholas Cook

'A Guide to Musical Analysis' - Nicholas Cook

'A History of Western Music' - Grout/Palisca

'Singing and the Actor' - Gillyanne Kayes

'Lieder Line by Line' - Lois Philips

'German Diction for English-Speaking Singers' - Jacqueline Pischorn

'The Interpretation of French Song' - Pierre Bernac

'Elementary Training For Musicians' - Paul Hindemith

Online music theory course:

Coursera/Edinburgh University

 


Classical aria, song reference, and pronunciation (IPA) sites:
IPA Source - International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts

LiederNet: Texts and Translations to Lieder, mélodies, art songs, and other vocal music

The Aria Database - Information, translations, and MIDIs of famous opera arias for singers and music lovers

Nikolai reads Lieder texts on YouTube
IPA Dictionaries on the Web

Diction Police - Text guides by native speakers and IPA help

 

Sight-singing website:

Sight-Reading Factory - Subscription site, but excellent

Sight-Reading Mastery - Graded sight-singing tests


Classical summer schools:

Summer Schools website
Musical Chairs International guide

Oxenfoord

Abingdon

 

MT summer schools:

GSA

West End Stage

British Youth Music Theatre

LAMDA

 

 

Backing tracks:

iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and Amazon have a lot of backing tracks now, but specialist sites include:

Appcompanist - can be edited for key, tempo and more
SBI Global

 


Bone prop shop (12.99, shockingly, but it works):

The Morrison Bone Prop

 

 

Steamer

Boots steam inhaler

 

 

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