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Course overview

During this exciting online course you will work intensively on techniques and strategies to improve your singing from both a musical and dramatic perspective.

RADA has achieved an international reputation for training actors who are widely acknowledged for their singing ability. This course gives you a taster of the transformational vocal training our students receive on the BA (Hons) in Acting.

Singing Academy for Actors: Online offers a totally bespoke and intensive look at singing from an actor’s perspective, and is led by RADA's Lead Singing Tutor, Jane Streeton, and Singing Teacher Philip Raymond, co-authors of Singing on Stage: An Actor’s Guide (one of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama’s RADA Guides series).

During the course, you will work intensively on strategies to improve your singing from both a technical and an imaginative point of view. We will work with songs of your choice.

The course will be structured as follows:

  • Day one – whole group class along with small group sessions.
  • Day two – 50-minute individual singing lesson, along with a short group session at the end of the day.
  • Day three – all-day masterclasses.
  • Day four – 50-minute individual singing lessons. This course also includes a masterclass with Imelda Staunton.
  • Day five – 50-minute individual singing lessons, masterclass and sharing of work.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible. Entrance is by written application.
  • Applicants have to be 16+. However, there is no upper age limit on this course. Students between the ages of 16 and 17 will need additional permission from a parent or guardian. Please see relevant section on the application form.
  • The course is active and participatory, and appropriate for students with an intermediate to advanced standard of singing. Participants will be expected to provide their own backing tracks and sheet music.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
  • If, for any reason, the Course Director feels that you have not enough experience, your application will be unsuccessful.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • For students with an intermediate to an advanced standard of singing.
  • Actors who already have backing tracks and sheet music.
  • Suitable for the above who wish to work intensively on techniques to improve their singing.

Imelda speaks about singing and emotion

In this clip, taken from our RADA Talks event, Imelda Staunton talked about how the art of singing can help actors access another level of emotion – as she found when she first played Edith Piaf in the musical play Piaf.

As part of this course, Imelda will be sharing her expertise in an exclusive masterclass.

How to apply

Download an application form here.

Email your completed application to shortcourses@rada.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

Please note: All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable.

All classes begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Even though we're working through screens, participants should wear loose and comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove their shoes.

In line with academy policy, please note that no recordings of online courses will – or may – be made.