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.
This course has now started
Course Code: MF661
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. This course is geared towards stylistic mastery and performance. We will study more advanced styles of jazz singing, song interpretation, solo presentation and relevant musicianship. Tunes for study will include "Well, you needn't", "Blackberry winter", "You must believe in spring", "Wave", "Them there eyes".
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 your vocal technique
- ear training and music theory relevant to the demands of the repertoire
- ear training and music theory relevant to improvising, scatting as a solo instrument
- learn challenging repertoire including bebop and vocalese
- solo singing of jazz repertoire including intention and embodiment of lyrics and message of the song
- presentation skills
- tunes for study will include Doodlin', Lush Life, Rhythm-a-ning.
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 and develop confidence and skills to take your singing into the real world
- communicate effectively with an accompanist/band
- show better aural and theoretical understanding of music
- understand 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 and advanced. Otherwise you should demonstrate at audition equivalent jazz 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 sample recordings. Solo performances with developmental feedback from your tutor and peers. 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 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.
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.