Vocal Exercises Initial–Grade 8: Interview with the Composer

In this video, Emily Barden introduces you to Vocal Exercises Initial-Grade 8 – a book (with accompanying audio) of short, fun singing exercises that develop techniques specifically required of vocalists in a performance-based context.

Emily explains that these newly-written technical exercises are ‘miniature songs; so if it is that the student really enjoys telling stories through songs, actually you get the opportunity with these technical exercises not just to be singing syllables but to actually be singing text, to be painting little mini pictures. And for some students that’s really going to help them enhance their exam experience’.

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Emily is a singer-songwriter, choral leader, singing teacher and music arranger.

Emily trained at Paul McCartneyʼs Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) gaining a BA (Hons) Music specialising in singing and songwriting.

As well as Trinity College London, Emily currently works with a variety of organisations, including Sing Up, Snape Maltings, and West Sussex Music. Emily runs several Community Choirs under the umbrella of West Sussex Sings, and provides vocal consultancy to schools and vocal groups. She runs workshops and courses for singers and training sessions for teachers and people working with young people.

Emily has written many original contemporary songs for young people and community choirs including the Sing Up Day anthems for the last three years which have been performed by over 200,000 people around the world.

Emily is a performer in her own right, touring as a backing vocalist and regularly fronts her own original music project at gigs and festivals.

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