Foundation Course Content

The timetable for each Saturday offers a busy, active and informative range of classes:

  • Singing Technique – breathing, posture, vocal warm-ups, harmony, group and solo work
  • The Estill Voice Model - understanding the key principles of Estill
  • Repertoire – Ensemble classes to build vocal technique and experience in a range of music genres
  • Movement Workshops– Develop your performance skills and understanding of rhythm and timing
  • Workshops on acting through song, improvisation, songwriting and a cappella
  • Culminating in participation in the ‘Showcase Performance’ to an invited audience
  • training
    When Saturdays
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    Where Shaftesbury Avenue
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    Training Singing Technique, Repertoire, Movement, One-to-One Coaching, Acting through Song, Improvisation
  • level
    Level Foundation

Singing Foundation Curriculum Plan

The Singing Foundation course has been designed to give you a solid foundation in singing. The content covered will include:

Singing Technique:

  • Improve and extend your vocal range and develop a secure breathing technique
  • Learn and understand the Estill Vocal Model and how it can help develop your voice
  • Improve tone and power
  • Learn body awareness through posture and alignment
  • Build an understanding of vocal anatomy and safe practice as a performer
  • Develop projection and listening skills through A Cappella practice and group harmony work


  • Practice singing a range of genres, including Pop, Rock, Soul standards and Musical Theatre
  • Improve improvisation skills through practice and text
  • Ensemble and solo opportunities to build your vocal technique
  • Develop understanding of riffs, melody and hooks through lyric study and songwriting

Movement Workshops:

  • Physical warm ups and preparation for performance
  • Confident use of movement in song portrayal
  • Understanding of percussion, rhythm and accuracy in movement to music
  • Gain confidence and apply these techniques and skills to your performance

Acting through Song and Performance:

  • Learn to examine text in detail
  • Learn how to present a song for audition and performance
  • Exploring intention and how to deliver a truthful performance

One to One coaching:

  • Unique opportunity to work with a professional singing coach on your personal development


This is an opportunity to perform rehearsed songs and demonstrate the skills and techniques you gained during the course. You may invite guests including friends, family and industry contacts. The showcase will take place in your rehearsal studio at Umbrella Rooms.

Rehearsal Studios

The Foundation Course classes take place in the beautiful rehearsal studios of Umbrella Rooms in the heart of the West End. The three airy rehearsal rooms are beautifully fitted with wooden floors, air conditioning, mirrors, piano and sound system and benefit from excellent natural light; all making for an excellent creative space.

Taster Classes

If you would like to find out more information about the course, you can book a place on one of our upcoming taster classes. Where you will get a chance to try some classes, and ask our tutors any further questions you might have. 

Sign up for a taster class here.


2017: The Foundation Course

This course runs over six consecutive Saturdays from 10:30 to 17:00 with a Showcase performance on the final Saturday.


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We offer two different payment options for this course:

- One upfront payment of £650
- Payment plan: Deposit of £250.00 then two payments of £200.00:

Instalment 1 will be debited on the start date of the Singing Foundation course. Instalment 2 will be debited a month after the course start date. Instalments will be taken automatically on the above dates.


Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.
Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833.


Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.


We offer a full refund or full credit if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.
We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.
(For more information please see our terms and conditions)


If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

Singing Foundation venues


Singing Foundation tutors

All City Academy tutors are experienced professionals from theatre, film/TV and performance industries. So whilst they're training you they may also be rehearsing for a West End show or working on a movie. We like that and we do believe it makes a difference in class.