Composer Workshop-Jerome Kern
3 Sudays- 12 noon to 3 PM-January 19, 26, & February 9
Class-Musician, Singer, Artist, Storyteller
(concludes with performance in Jazzschool recitals-date TBA)
5 Sundays- 12 to 3 PM-February 23, March 2, 9, 13 & 23
- Make your singing more relaxed
- Increase your ability to "connect" with the audience
- Build your confidence and lower your stress level
- Help calm pre-performance jitters
What musical skills and techniques can we acquire to make our performance more charismatic, more engaging and more in tune with who we are and what we want to express as artists? How do we craft a performance that is, in the words of the venerable I Ching, "like an arrow" flying towards our artistic goal?
- We'll choose a few songs and get to know them intimately
- We'll work with an accompanist and with a trio to create custom arrangements
- We’ll do lots of singing and get useful and informative feedback
- We'll work on better understanding of jazz rhythm and phrasing
- We’ll prepare a set together with our accompanist and present it for the jazzschool student concert
Working with other musicians in a bandleading role is another focus for this class. We'll cover:
- Communicating with the band
- Clear chart writing
- Developing arrangements
- Song form
- Rhythm and improvisational skills
- Lots of singing
Class size limit: 6
Prerequisite: Consultation with Maye
"Come Fly With Me" with Lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
Prepare to be amused, amazed and totally besotted with the wonderful lyrics of Sammy Cahn. He was nominated for 23 Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, an Emmy and a grammy. Cahn wrote romantic lyrics for the songs "All The Way," and " I Fall in Love Too Easily." He wrote swingers like "Come Fly With Me," "I Should Care," and "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow," and countless others sung by all the jazz and pop greats. In this workshop we’ll explore the music of several different composers all with lyrics by Cahn. We’ll also listen to how some jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements. I’ll provide you with 10 leadsheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. In the final week we’ll work with an accompanist and sing these songs trying out our own arrangement ideas. Class limited to 8.
You've got the date, you've got the band, and now how can you make your performance memorable and engaging for an audience?
In this workshope we'll work on practical skills for live performance including:
- how to pace a set
- how to talk with the audience
- how to showcase all members of the group
- how to develop a personal artistic identity
- how to command attention
- how to stand out from the crowd
- how to tame pre-performance jitters
- and how to build your audience.
You'll identify your goals and learn ways for achieving them. This is a workshop for all musicians who want to develop better audience rapport.