Sing pop and jazz
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now finished
What is the course about?
Learn 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.
Swiss-born Colette has been teaching singing for thirty years in all sorts of musical styles from rock and pop to jazz, from total beginners to advanced levels. She has taught at various colleges around London and Southend and has worked at City Lit since 1994, teaching a variety of singing courses. For the past six years she has also been teaching musical style singing to 6-18 year olds at a theatre arts school. Colette trained as a pianist from a young age and in her early twenties she studied various courses from jazz and pop singing, drama and studio recording at Goldsmiths College. This enabled her to build her own recording studio, where she still spends a lot of her time perfecting her songwriting. Being a performer, singer songwriter and musician playing piano and guitar gives her a unique outlook and connection with her students. She enjoys teaching and encourages her students to explore new territories and express themselves to get in touch with their inner selves. Her experience and background enables her to relate to her students, giving her a great advantage as a teacher.
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.