One of the RSCM’s educational programmes, Voice for Life exists to support and promote singing in churches, schools and other communities. Voice for Life provides a range of training materials, repertoire, courses and training choirs that will enable you to encourage and develop a singing culture in your community; whether a church, school or in the wider community.
How Voice for Life works
There are five levels in the Voice for Life scheme, for singers of any age from beginners through to advanced singers, starting with a preparatory level for brand new, inexperienced singers.
White (preparatory level)
White Level (launched September 2009) The preparatory White Level for brand new singers (i.e. probationers/trainee choir members) covers the basics that any singer in a choir should know. The teaching resources for the White Level and White Record Card which lists the targets to be worked on can be purchased through RSCM Music Direct.
On completion of this preparatory level, the singer is admitted as a ‘full member of the choir’ and there is an RSCM ‘Admission to the Choir’ Certificate that can be given to mark this special occasion. There is also a Voice for Life White Certificate and White Lapel Badge that can be awarded to acknowledge formally the singer’s achievement
Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red and Yellow levels
Once the singer has become a full member of the choir, they move on to the four main levels of Voice for Life: Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red and Yellow. At each level of Voice for Life there are graded targets which are assessed informally by the choir trainer or teacher. Once a singer has completed the necessary training for that level, reached the targets and finished their workbook they can be awarded their RSCM Voice for Life medal and the appropriately coloured ribbon (for robed choirs) or coloured lapel badge (for non-robed choirs). The singer then moves on to the next level.