Trinity’s Singing Syllabus 2018-2021 features refreshed repertoire of over 1,000 songs, covering a wide variety of musical styles and languages. As professional soloist, consort and opera singer Vanessa Heine explains, this wide range of repertoire is key in allowing teachers to put together the most effective programme for their student’s singing exam:
“When choosing repertoire for an exam […] the most important thing for you as a teacher is to work together with your student. There is no point preparing someone for an exam when they take little joy or interest in the songs you’ve chosen. So, find out which languages they may be learning at school or know from home, with which they have an affinity. Discover if they have a particular genre they’re passionate about. They may love musical theatre, so make that a focus while also incorporating some opera or operetta. Perhaps they enjoy singing folk song, so that can play a large part in your song choices as many art songs already have a folk song basis. Choose repertoire that they’re familiar with whilst also throwing in a few options that will challenge them.”
To give you a taster of some of the songs on the syllabus, as well as some of the vocal exercises featuring in our new Vocal Exercises (Initial-Grade 8) book, by downloading our free sample booklet.