Emily Barden

Emily is an experienced choral leader, songwriter and arranger, predominantly working with young voices and adult community choirs.

In her role as Leader for Singing and Projects at West Sussex Music, Emily was and remains, heavily involved with devising and delivering the Hub Singing Strategy. In addition, Emily conducted the West Sussex Youth Choir for 8 years, involving them in projects as diverse as taking the young singers on tour to Germany, backing Brian May at The Hawth Theatre, and working with esteemed vocal ensemble VOCES8.

Now working in a free-lance capacity, Emily regularly leads Big Sings, massed choral events and songwriting projects with national young people’s music organisations including Sing Up, Snape Maltings, Youth Music, London Youth Choir and various Music Education Hubs across the country.

A published songwriter, Emily has written many Sing Up Day anthems sung by young voices around the world.

Resources

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Resource Author / Ambassador Category Description
Dynamics
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Emily Barden
Video

Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Emily Barden share their top tips on how to include dynamics into your singing.

Intervals
Charlotte Brosnan
Emily Barden
Video

Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charlotte Brosnan and Emily Barden on intervals.

Project One Dot - Accessing the Upper Register
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to access the upper register of the voice through vocal play and the ‘cat on a bungee’ exercise.

Project One Dot - Blank Dimensions Grid
Emily Barden
Worksheet

A blank Dimensions grid for mapping out musical contrast.

Project One Dot - Blank Note Grid
Emily Barden
Worksheet

A blank note grid for use alongside melody writing.

Project One Dot - Breath Control
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to get your students to control their breathing through long phrases.

Project One Dot - Exploring Melodic Contours
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains the exercise ‘taking a note for a walk’.

Project One Dot - Exploring Simple Two-Part Harmony
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to explore two part harmony with your students using a keyboard/tuned percussion instrument.

Project One Dot - Singing Big Intervals
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to practice singing big intervals such as 5ths and octaves.

Project One Dot - Writing Rhythms
Emily Barden
Technical Exercise

Emily Barden explains how to find ‘natural’ rhythms for speaking words as part of the songwriting process.

Tempo, Pulse, Counting
Charles MacDougall
Emily Barden
Video

Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Emily Barden and Charles MacDougall on how to count and keep a steady pulse.