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Singing: Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)

Course Description

This course is for singers of all levels. It will explore CCM styles for beginners but also help experienced singers refresh their knowledge on a variety of aspects of vocal performance. Alongside the basics of singing, you will be guided to develop a healthy vocal routine and technique, including tips to enhance your singing through a variety of exercises. As well as exploring singing technique, you will perform music from different styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Musical Theatre.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This course is for singers at all levels but some past experience is beneficial. For example, attendance of the following courses at WMC or the equivalent at any other college: Singing Learn the Basics, Jazz Singing and Singing - Find Your Own Voice

Bring a bottle of water and something to take notes. You can audio-record bringing your own devices. However, no video recording or pictures are allowed. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.

Course Content

On this course you will learn:

Breathing and balance
Building your range through vocal technique
Riffs and vocal agility
Resonance and formant tuning
Repertoire from different modern styles

Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10-weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the early bird discount.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through Practical activities, Peer assessment, Listening and analysis, Demonstration and discussion, Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom / OneDrive), Individual practice, Use of ILT (computers), Continuous assessment

Independent Learning

You will be expected to work independently to develop your practical singing skills. The focus should be on vocal practice but may also include researching material to perform and developing an understanding of basic music theory.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Qualification you will achieve

This is a non-accredited course but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Upon successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to accredited courses at Level 1, progress to other singing classes or perform in ensembles at WMC.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572