Jazz vocal improvisation
Time: 15:45 - 17:15
Location: Keeley Street
Break week: 4th June 2022.
This course has now started
Course Code: MF660
Duration: 9 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop approaches to improvising with jazz tunes and singing over standard chord sequences. There will be regular practice in class to build your improvising confidence and expertise.
What will we cover?
- Some standard chord changes (this will require preparation) and standard tunes.
- Developing your ear and understanding of jazz harmony, time feel and rhythm.
- Learning sample patterns and melodies (this will involve reading notation as well as working by ear).
- Applying the principles of improvising to your interpretation of jazz melodies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have a sense of know-how and confidence
- get constructive feedback on your efforts
- enjoy being adventurous in a supportive group of musicians
- internalise jazz language, scales and patterns
- use ideas, strategies and devices to enhance your performance
- develop practice methods and establish a routine.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom, and will need a good standard of musicianship: sensitivity to time and feel; the ability to follow (and keep up with) a chord progression; and an understanding of technical terms and matters (e.g. major/minor scale, Latin feel).
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Vocal and physical warm up. Some listening to recordings and some discussion, but mostly demonstration and practical involvement in group singing tasks and solo efforts. Follow and respond to your tutor and the piano.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Lead sheets, backing tracks, and other learning resources will be supplied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Jazz harmony and ear training, Jazz and Blues singing courses.
Cerys Hogg is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Whilst studying Fine Art, specialising in performance art and installation, she developed her musical skills through performing as a jazz vocalist, drummer and pianist. A scholarship allowed her to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the post-graduate Jazz and Studio Music course. Here she specialised in jazz voice developing a personal approach to improvisation, harmony and arranging. Currently Cerys is combining her work as both multimedia artist and musician. She performs in KOGG, an experimental electronic music duo with fellow City Lit tutor, Selena Kay. Together they create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are in the process of creating an album. An experienced teacher with a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Cerys has a reputation for delivering entertaining and engaging classes. She has a drive to demystify the elements of music, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience for all.
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.