Sing jazz: advanced
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF849
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Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is the follow-on course to Sing jazz 1, 2 and 3, also suitable for new students working at an equivalent level of expertise. We will study more advanced styles of jazz singing, song interpretation, solo presentation and relevant musicianship. Tunes for study will be announced before term starts.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- continued work on vocal technique
- ear training and music theory relevant to the demands of the repertoire
- ear training and music theory relevant to improvising
- learn repertoire including bebop and vocalese
- solo singing of jazz repertoire
- 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
- sing solo to your class
- communicate effectively with an accompanist/band
- show better aural and theoretical understanding of music
- know your range and work out 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 levels 1, 2, 3. Otherwise you should demonstrate at audition equivalent experience and ability. You will have a good understanding of this kind of music, and a sound singing technique.
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 up together and technical exercises. Demonstrations by your tutor and/or recorded samples. Solo performances with constructive criticism from your tutor and classmates. Sharing ideas and good practice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The tutor will provide songs for study, but in order to meet your own expectations you are encouraged to research and supply songs of your own choice. You will therefore need occasionally to buy or acquire music/charts.
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?
You may wish to take Sing jazz: advanced again with the same or another tutor, or develop your performance skills further in Jazz vocal improvisation.
You may also be interetsted in Sing soul and blues, or City Lit a capella.
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.