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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

LCM/UWL Music Theatre Exams

Trinity College Singing Exams

Associated Board Singing Exams

Associated Board Music Theory

Associated Board dates and fees


Teacher websites



Listening resources




Choir and singer resource websites

Making Music - UK's leading amateur music group umbrella organisation - information about British choirs - 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

Royal Opera
Southampton Mayflower


Opera Base - opera news and database


Sheet music

Music Room

IMSLP - out of copyright free downloads

Score Exchange
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

Plus a handy online glossary of musical terms (it says 'for kids', but...)

Musical Glossary for Kids

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 (at least temporarily offline)

Sight Singing School - you can opt out of the sol-fa version and just do the cleverly graded course

Classical summer schools:

Summer Schools website
Musical Chairs International guide



MT summer schools:


West End Stage

British Youth Music Theatre




Backing tracks:

iTunes, Qobuz, 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




The Boots inhaler is no more. But the Medisure Steam Inhaler is all you need, and available at various online shops (including Amazon) for £3.49-£8.99.



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