Course curriculum

  • Introduction
    • Introduction to Emer McParland
  • Session 1 - The Voice
    • Overview
    • Relaxation and Posture √
    • Breathing
    • Breathing Exercises x
    • Basic Vocal Exercises √
    • Vocal Onsets
    • Task 1
    • Task 2
    • Task 3
    • Webinar
    • Extra Webinar
    • Quiz
  • Session 2 - Adding Life To The Voice
    • Overview
    • Diction
    • Vowels and Consonants
    • Agility
    • Task 1
    • Task 2
    • Task 3
    • Task 4
    • Webinar
    • Extra Webinar
    • Quiz
  • Session 3 - Vocal Tone Qualities
    • Overview
    • Breathy Tones
    • Vocal Fry
    • Twang
    • High-Intensity Vocals
    • Task 1
    • Webinar
    • Quiz
  • Session 4 - Performance Techniques for Stage and Studio
    • Overview
    • Performance Techniques for Stage
    • Performance Techniques for Studio
    • Mic Techniques for Stage and Studio
    • Stage Fright
    • Task
    • Webinar
    • Extra Webinar
  • Session 5 - Re-Imagining The Song
    • Overview
    • Making The Song Your Own
    • Choosing The Key & Altering The Structure
    • Altering The Phrasing
    • Task
    • Webinar
    • Extra Webinar
  • Session 6 - Vocal Harmonies
    • Overview
    • Hearing Harmonies & What Notes To Choose
    • Basic Harmonising
    • Other Ideas For Vocal Arrangements
    • Blending the voice and singing harmony lines
    • Task
    • Webinar
  • Exam submission & Extra Tuition/Bookings
    • Exam Submission
    • DipLCM - Examination Requirements
    • POP Vocals Syllabus
    • Appointments calendar - Book here!

About the instructor

Emer McParland

Course Author & Senior Instructor

Emer McParland is one of the UK's top vocal teachers and singers. Her reputation extends beyond the UK as she has performed, held workshops & is a music examiner across the globe. Emer has worked with artists as diverse as Björk, Jarvis Cocker, Tom Fletcher, Mika and Russell Watson. She has made several appearances at the Royal Albert Hall as a special guest vocalist for the annual Festival of Remembrance in front of Her Majesty, the Queen, a concert that is broadcast live around the world to an audience of over 60 million people. Emer’s voice can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks such as Tomb Raider, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and several of the Harry Potter movies. In the world of education, Emer has been Head of Vocals, at some of London’s most prestigious pop vocal schools. She has also worked on several private projects as an independent vocal coach for organisations such as The Disney Channel (UK).

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Pricing options

Make a one off payment of €999 or pay €260 monthly for 4 months.


Will I get a qualification for this course?

Students who successfully pass the course will receive the qualification DipLCM in Pop Vocals

Is this course completely online?

Yes, this course is designed so that you can learn online at your own pace and in your own time.

What resources will I need?

You need access to a Windows, Mac or Linux computer or an iPad/tablet & an internet connection.

Do I have to take the exam?

No, you do not have to take the examination, though without the examination you will not receive the qualification DipLCM.

What if I can't take the exam for medical reasons or extenuating circumstances?

If you feel you have just cause to take the examination after the one year expiry date, please email: [email protected] providing all relevant information. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How long do I have to study before taking the examination?

You have exactly one year from your date of enrollment to study & enroll ALL relevant content for your examination. If content is uploaded close to the closing date, the video examination will take place in the next available slot.

What happens if I don't pass the examination?

If you don't pass the examination, you can apply to retake it. This will involve an exam retake fee only - for details email: [email protected]