Singing

At Centre Stage our singing classes cater for students of all abilities and standards starting from age 7 +.  We also welcome Adult singers to wish to dust off the vocal cords once again and explore the genres of Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop or Classical. 

Working with our specialist singing teachers, all who hold dregrees in singing from Cork School of Music or University College Cork,  our students are introduced to singing in a positive enjoyable learning atmosphere.

The aim is for our students to gain confidence and achieve their full singing potential.  To see available singing classes click here, and to read about the fantastic people who teach singing at Centre Stage School (Nicole McDonagh, Louise Luddy, Christine Cusack, Robbie Pender, Rebecca Ruane, Carrie Mullane and Lorraine Crowley) click here.

Singing Tutors for 2018/2019 are as follows: 

Nicole Mc Donagh (Musical Theatre - Head of CSS Singing Department)

Kelley Lonergan (Musical Theatre and Classical)

Robbie Pender (Musical Theatre and Classical)

Louise Luddy (Musical Theatre)

Christine Cusack (Contemporary Pop and Musical Theatre )

Kerry Nyhan (Contemporary Pop and Musical Theatre ) 

One to One Singing Lesson

Students who take a One to One private singing lesson at Centre Stage concentrate in detail on their own individual vocal technique and interpretation. A individualised tailored programme of material will be put in place by the tutor with the student's voice, interests and goals in mind.

Students can choose to study three difference :

-Musical Theatre (LAMDA Examinations)

-Classical (under the Direction of Soprano Kelley Lonergan)

-Contemporary Pop, Pock and Folk (Rock School Examinations) NEW* under the direction of Kerry Nyhan 

All students who wish to take a LAMDA Singing Examination (Grade 3 - Grade 8) will require a private singing lesson. The LAMDA examination sylabus concentrates heavily on acting through song.  

Only students in private singing lessons will be prepared for Feis Maitiu competitons.

Please note that Rock School Exams incorporate musicianship, sight singing, aural test, harmonies and rhythm tests.

It is also important to remeber that all examinations are optional and many students choose not to take a singing exam at the end of the year. 

Adult Singing students -  We have seen a huge growth in adults taking our singing classes over the last two years and they have really enjoyed dusting off their vocal cords once again!  Time out for us busy Mum's and Dad's is an essential also.....

Singing Tutors for 2018/2019 are as follows: 

Nicole Mc Donagh (Musical Theatre - Head of Singing Department)

Kelley Lonergan (Musical Theatre and Classical)

Robbie Pender (Musical Theatre and Classical)

Louise Luddy (Musical Theatre)

Christine Cusack (Contemporary Pop and Musical Theatre )

Kerry Nyhan (Contemporary Pop and Musical Theatre ) 

Students work in a group environment learning the basics in good vocal technique whilst exploring a wide repetoire of musical theatre songs. These students are prepared for individual LAMDA examinations ( Entry, Grade 1 and Grade 2 only) Students should be aged 7-12 years approximately.  Any student wishing to take a higher singing grade will need to take a private signing lesson. 

There is a strong emphasis on 'Acting Through Song' in this class as it is strongly required by the LAMDA syllabus. Attending a singing class can really help build a performers confidence and greatly compliments their overall performance skills within a group Musical Theatre class with Aideen, David or Emily.   

This class enables students to develop a good ear for music, to communicate freely with other musicians, and to empower them to become well rounded vocalists.

Students in this class are not prepared for a Feis Maithiu competitons.

At the end of Term 1 they will participate in a singing display for their parents and at the end of Term 2 they will take their Musical Theatre Singing exam with LAMDA (Optional).

Maximum of 6 students per class.

NB* Students who progress to LAMDA Grade 3 will require a one to one private Singing Class for 30 mins each week. 

This class was a new addition to Centre Stage in Sept 2017 and to much acclaim.  This is an invite only class. Places in Vocal Company are offered to Centre Stage students based on their commitment, attendance record and performance skills.  Securing a place in our Intermediate or Senior Vocal Companies is a great privilege as the standard of work which thie group achieve has been extremely high in the past year.  Vocal Company members rehearse for one hour weekly under the direction of Kerry Nyhan. Students learn a large repertoire of songs comprising of intricate harmonies and rhythms.  Our Vocal Companies represent Centre Stage school at the many formal functions at which we are invited to perform.

Have you ever wanted to learn a new instrument but the process seems very daunting? 

Ukuleles are the ideal instrument for self accompaniment. They are small, portable, inexpensive and only have 4 strings!  Ukulele club will be a fun relaxed class where students will learn to play their favourite songs whilst also learning cords, strumming and technique. 

Everything is taught through popular music (pop, rock and folk), and by the end of the term you will have the necessary skills to sing the songs you love while accompanying yourself!

This is a great class for those who love to sing and play music, or simply for someone who wants to try something new.

New to Centre Stage this year, Vocal Coach Kerry Nyhan will lead our Pop Ensemble Groups through a year of contemporary pop singing. With repertoire from Ariane Grande, Pitch Perfect and Lorde (to name but a few) it is sure to appeal to everyone. For any young singer who wishes to develop the skills it takes to be a lead singer in a band or that crucial backing vocalist, this is the class for you!

Kerry has a wonderful way of creating a fun filled class exploring music repetoire instigated by the singers themselves.  Every effort is made by Kerry to ensure that the music explored is liked by the students involved however the theoretical concepts and standard achieved by the student must meet school requirements. Vocal technique, harmonies and musicianship will be integral to Kerry’s class, as music will be learned directly from charts and sheet music. 

There will be plenty of performance opportunities at the end of each term and each member is guaranteed to take the lead vocal at some point, be it as a solo or in a duet.  Most importantly singing in a group feels fantastic and you’ll be guaranteed to meet like minded young artists!

Testimonials

My daughter has been going to centre stage since she was 3 years old and she loves every class she made great friends there and she adores her teachers cannot recommend enough

Colleen Boyle

Can't praise Centre Stage school enough, my daughter has attended since she was 5 years old and enjoys every class she attends. Staff are friendly and professional and bring out the best in every student.

Michelle Geaney

The atmosphere in classes, the variety of the class content and the teaching and guidance from all the teachers had me wanting more.

Shane O'Riordan (Arts Educational School London)