Jazz Harmony Workshop for Vocalists

This course is for jazz singers who wish to develop their understanding of jazz harmony in a supportive, practical and creative environment. Your appreciation of and language for the many colours and textures within jazz will develop as you explore and create exercises for warm-ups and improvisation and sing in harmony within jazz vocal arrangements.

Entry is through a meeting and discussion with the tutor, please email to express your interest and you will be contacted by the course tutor.

Course Content

This is not a 'performance class' and topics you will explore include:

• Familiar pieces from within the course repertoire and developing a new way of appreciating the melody and chord progression.

• Review and explore the fundamentals of jazz harmony to more fully understand the tunes you sing and play.

• Develop your own creative exercises for warm-ups and improvisation.

• Work with rhythm to create phrases for warm-ups and improvisation.

• Develop your understanding and appreciation of scat and vocalise.

• Develop your understanding of charts and how to create a basic fool-proof chart in any key.

Singing in harmony within the group and exploring jazz vocal arrangements in four part harmony.

Comments from a previous student

' Brilliant course, I really enjoyed it. Jazz Harmony for Vocalists looks deeper into standards that jazz singers already perform . The course provides knowledge about how to take a song's key signature and use its chords, melody and the modes .. how to create, improvise and develop it further. Exactly what I was looking for plus more! '

Entry Requirements

You do not have to have significant prior knowledge of theory or harmony as this is developed within the course.

This course is designed for advanced jazz vocalists with good pitch and rhythm to engage with the exercises and group singing aspects of the course as jazz vocal arrangements will be explored and developed within the sessions.

First Class Requirements

Pencil, note book and stave book.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is required.

Assessment Methods

No formal assessment but you'll get regular feedback from the tutor.

Further Study Options

There are lots of jazz courses available here for you to progress onto or explore.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

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