Sing jazz: advanced
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
This is a follow-on course to last term, suitable also for new students working at an equivalent level. On this performance based course, you will study advanced styles of jazz singing, song interpretation and arrangement, improvisation, solo presentation and relevant musicianship.
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 and maintenance
- ear training and music theory relevant to the demands of the repertoire, and improvising
- learn repertoire 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 the accompanist
- improve your 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 an advanced course. New students should demonstrate at audition equivalent jazz experience and ability. You will have a good understanding of this style of music, and jazz protocols, and a sound singing technique.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Warm ups and technical exercises. Demonstrations by your tutor and accompanist, and/or sample cd's or internet sources. 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, and you are encouraged to bring songs of your own choice. You will therefore need occasionally to buy or acquire sheet music and chord charts.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There will be a further advanced class next term, and jazz vocal improvisation.
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.