Sing jazz 1
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
Course Code: MF658
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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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 protocols. You will gain confidence in performance as a soloist, and build range, tone, flexibility and control in order to flow with the singing voice.
What will we cover?
- An introduction to jazz repertoire.
- Explore the full range of your voice.
- understanding and expressing lyrics.
- Phrasing and time feel - rhythmic security.
- Studying arrangements and harmony within the songs.
- Song interpretation.
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
- research and organise your repertoire
- understand and use the vocal qualities appropriate to jazz
- develop your musicianship relative to the demands of the repertoire and jazz style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have an established vocal technique and understanding of music, a musical ear and good response to time, a desire to improvise, perform solo and work with a piano accompanist.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Warm-ups, breathing exercises, sharing songs. We will cover essential skills in order to maintain songs in performance: choosing the song; song arrangement, and musicianship. Daily singing practice should be established.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course tutor will supply all music materials.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sing jazz 1B next term.
Laura is a highly regarded teacher of jazz and popular singing. Although specialising in Jazz, Laura has studied with some of the top vocal teachers nationally and internationally, giving her an in-depth understanding of the techniques applicable to many vocal styles. She has experience of working with top laryngologists, speech therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists all working in the field of vocal health. Laura has been featured in an article in the Guardian Arts Section, giving instruction in the art of jazz singing and also in the Sunday Telegraph Lifestyle section, helping someone get over their fear of singing. Laura studied jazz and popular singing at Middlesex University and in New York with Nancy Marano from the Manhattan School of Music. Well established on the London jazz scene, Laura has released four well-received albums, each curating fresh and classy readings of the Great American Songbook alongside unexpected pop tunes. She now collaborates with composer Martin Pyne, writing original material for her recently released EP.
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.