Sing jazz: advanced

Course Dates: 23/09/23 - 02/12/23
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Keeley Street
For jazz vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire in this further edition of our advanced class. Some repertoire (see below) and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute and perform repertoire of your choice.
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  • Course Code: MF657
  • Dates: 23/09/23 - 02/12/23
  • Time: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Laura Zakian

Course Code: MF657

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Finished Sat, day, 23 Sep - 02 Dec '23

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will study advanced styles of jazz singing, challenging repertoire, song interpretation and arrangement, solo presentation to the class, scat singing and relevant musicianship.

What will we cover?

- maintain your vocal technique
- ear training and music theory relevant to the demands of the repertoire
- ear training and music theory relevant to developing your ability to improvise
- learn repertoire including bebop and vocalese
- solo singing of jazz repertoire, to include "Pannonica", "What is this thing called love?", "The dry cleaner from Des Moines"
- scat : solo as an instrument.

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

- demonstrate sound vocal technique
- source, adapt and learn appropriate repertoire for yourself
- include an improvised passage in your song arrangement
- show improved aural and theoretical understanding of music
- know your range and determine suitable keys for your songs.

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

You are expected to have completed Jazz singing courses at advanced level. Newcomers should demonstrate at audition equivalent jazz experience and ability. You will have a good understanding of this kind of music, jazz protocols, and have a sound singing technique.

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

Vocal warm up together and technical exercises. Demonstrations by your tutor and accompanist and sample recordings to study. Solo performances with constructive criticism from your tutor and classmates. Share ideas and good practice.

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

The tutor will provide songs for study, and you are expected to bring songs of your own choice with appropriate charts for the accompanist.

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

Advanced level jazz courses are scheduled regularly, in person and online.

Laura Zakian

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.