Jazz Vocal Workshop (MPF4273.01)

Bruce Williamson, Kerry Ryer-Parke

This will be a repertoire/performance class where vocalists will have the opportunity to work with both a vocal coach and jazz pianist. Bass and drums will be added towards the end of the term. Through extensive listening to jazz vocalists and their own practice, students will gain confidence in phrasing, microphone technique and jazz vocal idioms. Songs will be selected from the standard jazz repertoire, which will then be interpreted in a number of different jazz styles (swing, latin, ballad, blues, etc.). Emphasis will be on phrasing, microphone technique, transposing songs to fit one’s vocal range, and learning the definitions of commonly used introductions and endings. There will also be a small amount of ensemble singing, with an emphasis on group blend and phrasing, and a “practice” approach to scatting (vocal improvisation). The class will culminate in a performance at the end of term (to be scheduled). Students must have singing experience and the ability to match pitch.

Corequisites: Participation in Music Workshop (Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm).

Prerequisites: Audition and permission of the instructors. Auditions will take place on 11/29 from 7-8pm in Jennings 216
Credits: 2
M 10:00am - 11:50am; W 10:00am - 11:50am
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:
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