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An excellent opportunity to learn big band singing skills.

STANDARD: LOWER/UPPER INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

Resident: £615 Non-Resident: £485 Code: 20/503

What is the course about?

If you’ve ever yearned to sing with the sound of a Big Band behind you, then here’s your chance. Working under the guidance of Anton Browne and Jenny Howe, two of the finest Big Band singers around, you’ll explore and develop vocal techniques relevant to the genre, study the art of stagecraft and presentation, discover how to make a well-known song your own, and learn about microphone technique and improvisation. We’d like you to prepare two jazz standard songs and to bring along chord charts, we can allocate a big band song from our library or you can bring your own arrangement. A recording and playback device will also prove useful. We begin at 6.30 pm on the first day and finish after breakfast on the final day. Entry to the A Night of Jazz concert on the Thursday evening is included in the course fee.

Tutor website: www.thesingthing.com

What will we cover?

Vocal Technique

Phrasing

Song Structures

Appropriate stylistic vocal skills

Stage performance

Microphone technique

Additionally, small band singing

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Feel confident singing with a big band

Be in a position to progress with newly acquired skills

Feel confident communicating with musicians

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

Experience of singing to upper intermediate standard is desirable

Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

We’d like you to prepare two jazz standard songs and to bring along chord charts, we can allocate a big band song from our library or you can bring your own arrangement.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No. We’d like you to prepare two jazz standard songs and to bring along chord charts, we can allocate a big band song from our library or you can bring your own arrangement.

Is there anything I need to bring?

For the most part, dress is casual but there is the tutors’ concert - to which students are warmly invited, along with the paying public – and the student concerts. Singers will perform with the big band and also a small band which comprises members of the big band. This is free to the public and you’re encouraged to invite all and sundry. We mention the above as you might like to bring some glad rags! Up to you. A wi-fi playback and recording device will be useful (phone?).

What previous participants said about this course…

“Not just a chance to perform with a Big Band but also to understand more about the genre and craft of Jazz performance through small ensembles and big band. Includes advice on vocal warm-ups, microphones and mic technique, vocal technique, improv and performance / managing a small ensemble.”