Sing jazz 1A
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: MF670
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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.
Karen Lane is an Australian jazz singer based in London; she also plays piano and is a songwriter. She started her singing career as a soul/pop artist transitioning to jazz. Since arriving in the UK she has worked with some of our finest musicians including Tom Cawley, Andy Hamill, Robin Aspland, Martin Shaw, Geoff Gascoyne, Steve and Matt Fishwick, Dominic Ashworth, Gareth Lockrane, Simon Woolf, Gabriel Latchin, Steve Watts and Graham Harvey. She has found herself performing in exotic places she’d never imagined she’d see, including Sicily, Portafino, Nice, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Cape Town and Bucharest. She has a love of Brazilian music Karen performs regularly at jazz clubs around London. She has released six critically acclaimed albums to date, from Once in a Lifetime (2002) to Passarim (2018). At City Lit she teaches regular courses in jazz, soul and blues singing.
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.