Jazz crooning

Course Dates: 20/09/22 - 29/11/22
Time: 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Keeley Street
Sing repertoire from the 1930s to the 1950s, as sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Julie London. Swing tunes, easy listening genre, Latin and blues orientated repertoire. You will be encouraged to perform prepared songs as part of the course.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00

Course Code: MF666

Available start dates 

Tue, day, 20 Sep - 29 Nov '22

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Study and sing 'easy listening' / 'crooning' style : we'll draw from influential vocalists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin. Repertoire will include "When I Fall in Love", "Fly me To The Moon", "S’Wonderful".

What will we cover?

Vocal technique, breathing, projection, and 'styling'. Understand swing, Latin and ballad feel. Be aware of song form and arrangements. Count in a song at the chosen tempo and in the correct time feel. Speak 'the lingo' when talking to your accompanist.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Sing an arrangement of a chosen song in an appropriate key, with piano accompaniment.
Have an expanded repertoire of classic jazz tunes.
Enjoy an increased awareness of jazz protocols and the genre.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The ability to sing in tune and in time is essential. Beginners to intermediate level singers are welcome. Enthusiasm and discipline will be of advantage.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor demonstration of songs, and recordings will guide you. Singing as a group, and on your own. Be prepared to learn songs for performance.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Jazz singing courses, Soul and blues, more 'crooning'….

Clare Foster

Clare Foster is a vocalist, lyricist, composer and educator. Born in England, she has studied and worked in New York, Holland, Canada, England and in many countries in Europe and Asia. She has taught at the City Lit for over twenty years, and has also taught at Morley College, Trinity College of Music and in a Finnish conservatoire. In 2017 Clare trained on a Bangor University course to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR). She uses many of these techniques in her current classes and has designed a mindfulness course tailored to singers. Her interests lie in how the psyche impacts on the voice. She specialises in Jazz and Brazilian music repertoire and vocal approach and also teaches on a one-to-one basis in London.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.