abcd Courses

Extended Choral Conducting Courses

abcd's courses are designed to help you develop on your individual journey as a singing leader. Highly experienced tutors work with you to enable you to develop your own gesture vocabulary and rehearsal technique. The training is delivered in a supportive and encouraging environment, improving confidence and practical skills which can be used by those leading singing of any kind, regardless of age group, music genre or experience of singers.

Wondering which course is right for you? Use our Course Structure At-A-Glance to help you find out!

NEW! Get Them Singing, Keep Them Singing

abcd has recognised an ever-growing need for good quality vocal leadership training in schools and has developed a flexible range of courses for all those involved in leading young singers. Training is available for those working in Primary and Secondary education, as well as a programme for developing young vocal leaders within schools.

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Convention exhibition 2010

"I really enjoyed excellent tuition and a responsive friendly class. The teaching was tailored to suit each individual at all stages of experience." Course participant, 2015

Initial

These courses are designed to lay firm foundations for anyone who has an interest in learning to lead singing of any kind, or who has recently started to conduct a choir.

Dates for your diary! The next Initial Course will run in London on 21st October, 25th November, 13th January 2019 and 17th February.

Booking will open soon. Find out more about the course here.

Looking for a one-day event? Try Basic Conducting Skills! Coming to Leeds on 7th October!

Emerging

This brand new course is designed for those who already have some experience in singing and/or conducting and will develop existing skills, enabling you to prepare your choir with greater confidence.

Our current Emerging Course runs in parallel with a Progressive Course in London on the following dates:

28th April, 2nd June, 21st July, 8th September, 13th & 14th October.

Observer places are available - book online here.

"It was wonderful to be taught by a group of experienced, approachable and dynamic tutors who brought a wealth of knowledge, good humour and excellent patience to the group." Mary Bourne, Intermediate Course participant 2015

Progressive

(previously known as Intermediate)

This course is designed for those who work with a choir on a regular basis and wish to develop the technique they already have. There is also the option to take the DipABRSM exam at the end of the course for an additional cost, which can be discussed with tutors during the course.

Our current Progressive Course runs in parallel with an Emerging Course in London on the following dates:

28th April, 29th April, 2nd June, 21st July, 8th September, 13th & 14th October.

Observer places are available - book online here.

Advanced

This course is designed for those who conduct their own choir regularly, to a high standard, and have successfully taken the Intermediate or Progressive Course, DipABRSM or have the equivalent training and/or experience.

This course can lead to the Licentiate or Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music examination for those students who wish to take it. This can be discussed with course tutors during the course.

Our next Advanced Course will run in London on the following dates:

6th & 7th October, 17th November, 12th January, 9th February, 9th & 10th March.

Applications are open now, click here to find out more and download our application form.

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