Sing soul and blues
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF666
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Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop support for your singing voice. Develop your ability to improvise. Gain confidence to perform as a soloist or within a group. Work with a piano accompanist as you develop bespoke backing tracks.. Expand your repertoire of classic soul & blues tunes, and develop technical and musical skills.
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?
- Exploring repertoire and learning songs. Repertoire will be announced.
- Exploring the full range of your voice
- Understanding and expressing lyrics
- Study of rhythm in order to keep tempo steady and phrasing interesting
- Studying arrangements and harmony within the songs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- show that you have extended your vocal range and flexibility, expertise and confidence
- show that you have learned the value of listening and singing
- sing within a group and sing solo
- learn new repertoire and explore new areas of music
- know what and how to practise.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be enthusuastic about the idiom of soul music and blues singing. Prior vocal training will be of advantage.
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 activities, breathing exercises, technical vocal exercises, learning and sharing songs. Singing together in live online sessions, and solo presentations of your prepared songs. Listening, giving and receiving constructive criticism. You will learn how to maintain songs in performance: choosing songs ; song arrangement, song interpretation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Music materials and all learning resources will be supplied in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There is a range of rock, pop, soul and jazz singing courses to consider.
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.