musician, singer, artist, storyteller
Each of us is unique and yet we share so many qualities. The desires, feelings and thoughts that seem to set up apart from one another, when shared, bring us a sense of hope and belonging. Helping my students find their own voice is my goal. It's exciting and inspiring to be with people who are developing and discovering new talents and skills. And, we laugh a lot!
1. the singer and the song
2. the art of jazz singing
3. concert preparation
Objective: To help the artist create a focused, relaxed, skilled, unique performance.
Some particular skills we'll work on include:
The objective in this class is to help the singer create a focused, relaxed, skilled, and unique performance. We’ll work on basic musicianship starting with warm-up exercises, improvisation skills, understanding and singing in different “grooves,” finding new songs that suit us, ascertaining the correct key, understanding the song form, preparing a leadsheet, and making practice tracks. We’ll be joined by a professional pianist to further develop the songs we’ve chosen by working on sub-text, song interpretation, communicating our intentions to an accompanist, singing in different “feels” including rubato, and setting up and counting off songs. The final weeks of class and performance in the end of quarter student concerts include a rhythm section of piano, bass and drums. This is a supportive, and structured environment for students with a burning desire to sing! Maximum enrollment: 6. Prerequisites: consent of instructor-telephone consultation required. (10 weeks)
Working with other musicians requires a singer to be able to provide clear direction and leadership. Counting off and setting up a groove, providing signals, being able to listen and respond to the music-these are the keys to a successful performance. In this supportive and challenging environment, students work on thee skills, create arrangements for songs and are supported by a professional trio, culminating in an end-of-quarter performance. Maximum enrollment: 6. Prerequisites: consent of instructor-telephone consultation required. (10 weeks)
A mentor programdesigned to prepare the aspiring professional singer for a public performance. Singers are chosen to participate in this individually customized course throughout the year. Singers participate both in the classroom and privately.