Sing jazz 1

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 30/06/20
Time: 12:45 - 14:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn some standard repertoire and jazz protocol. Explore style, develop good timing and phrasing, breath control, extend your vocal range, and work with an accompanist. Not suitable for beginner singers.


What is the course about?

To produce a strong, expressive, supported singing voice. Learn about the style of jazz singing, and the associated musicianship and protocol. You will gain confidence in performance as a soloist or within a group, and build range, tone, flexibility and control in order to flow with the singing voice.
Tutor: Clare Foster
Accompanist: Gabriel Keen.

What will we cover?

- An introduction to jazz repertoire.
- Exploring the full range of the human voice.
- understanding and expressing lyrics.
- Phrasing and time feel - rhythmic security.
- Studying arrangements and harmony within the songs.
- Performance/practice.
- Microphone technique.
- Interpretation/improvisation.

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

- enjoy an expanded vocal range, greater expertise and confidence
- understand the value of listening and singing as a way of life
- work with a group or solo, and organise your repertoire
- understand and use the vocal qualities appropriate to jazz
- develop your musicianship relative to the demands of the repertoire.

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

You need a basic vocal technique and understanding of music, a musical ear and good response to time, a desire to improvise, perform solo and work with a group of voices. 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?

Warm-ups, breathing exercises, sharing songs. We will cover basic skills in order to maintain strong songs in performance: choosing the song; discussion; stage fright; mic techniques; arrangement, and musicianship. Daily practice should be established.

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

The course tutor will supply music materials.

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

Sing jazz 2
At any level, Jazz vocal improvisation is a useful specialist course for those who wish to develop their creative skills further.


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Tutor Biographies
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.

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Course Code: MF846

Tue, day, 21 Apr - 30 Jun '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

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