Sing pop and jazz
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF851
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Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Work to use your singing voice with confidence and without strain. Learn to sing repertoire you may be familiar with as a listener.
Accompanist: Chris Lee.
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?
- warm-up and breathing exercises to support and maintain the voice.
- work on songs as a group.
- using harmony, rhythm and expression.
- begin to improvise.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand how music works, counting, keys, song form
- improve your stamina, pitch and intonation
- gain confidence in your singing
- understand singing and breathing technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need a basic knowledge of the musical areas covered in the course title, and the ability to pitch and project your voice. You are expected to have completed at least a beginner's singing course.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Warm-up exercises, singing along with a guide and occasional solo singing in class. Listening and learning both as audience and performer. Responding to feedback. Attempting improvisation. Building expression through singing techniques and your understanding of the song.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All class materials and learning resources will be supplied in the google classroom.
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?
Other singing classes. Jazz singing, rock,pop, soul and blues courses are scheduled every term.
Matt is a singer-songwriter, arranger and choir director. He has studied jazz performance at Trinity Laban, and has performed as a percussionist and lead singer with Rhythms of the City, the London-based samba group, for 8 years. He is the leader and arranger for two community vocal groups, with repertoire ranging from close-harmony jazz to polyphonic covers of folk songs and alternative pop. He has been teaching a range of courses at the City Lit since 2012, including musicianship, sight-singing, jazz vocal improvisation, and harmony. He is particularly interested in rhythm and improvised music, and in the release of innate creativity and self-expression in the performing arts. His TEDx talk, "A song you could never sing", is available on YouTube.
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.