Singers' clinic (popular music)

Course Dates: 18/09/21 - 04/12/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
A ‘troubleshooting’ clinic for singers of jazz, rock, pop or Musical Theatre who wish to understand their vocal technique in relation to performance.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00

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Course Code: MF657

Sat, day, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Students will have the opportunity to sing songs of their choice which they think highlight their concerns, followed by a question and answer session where the class will have the opportunity to investigate their own vocal issues. Get advice and feedback on how to solve problems using specific exercises aimed at managing or resolving issues.

What will we cover?

We will look at and resolve typical/common issues affecting singers during a song :
- obvious ‘breaks’ or changes of gear,
- a ‘hole’ in the voice, unbalanced registration,
- how to access certain vocal qualities i.e. speech quality (chest voice) belt, falsetto
- vocal warm ups and exercises.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- identify ‘problem’ areas in your voice
- be able to use technical exercises to address issues with your voice
- apply the appropriate vocal quality to a song
- enhance your understanding of how the voice works
- broaden your understanding of voice production.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is ideal for committed singers, with a degree of experience. Please note this clinic will not be suitable for classical singers or classical song repertoire.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group sessions in the classroom, practical physical activity, discussion, singing songs you have prepared with the best quality piano accompaniment.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Appropriate music for the accompanist.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This is a supplementary fix-it course for students in other singing classes.

Laura Zakian

Laura is a highly regarded teacher of jazz and popular singing. Although specialising in Jazz, Laura has studied with some of the top vocal teachers nationally and internationally, giving her an in-depth understanding of the techniques applicable to many vocal styles. She has experience of working with top laryngologists, speech therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists all working in the field of vocal health. Laura has been featured in an article in the Guardian Arts Section, giving instruction in the art of jazz singing and also in the Sunday Telegraph Lifestyle section, helping someone get over their fear of singing. Laura studied jazz and popular singing at Middlesex University and in New York with Nancy Marano from the Manhattan School of Music. Well established on the London jazz scene, Laura has released four well-received albums, each curating fresh and classy readings of the Great American Songbook alongside unexpected pop tunes. She now collaborates with composer Martin Pyne, writing original material for her recently released EP.

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.