Jazz Vocal - Masterclass

This exciting course is for advanced students who wish to work closely and creatively with jazz pianist Geoff Castle, to develop ideas for arrangements and improve their mini sets and performances. Geoff offers support in creating lead sheets and parts for your accompanying musicians and provides crucial insight into the practical experience of performing.

Course Content

You will rehearse and perform class songs and all students will get to do individual performances in each class related to the previous week’s home-work.

Sessions will include topics such as:

• Vocal warm-ups
• Rhythmic phrasing to bring expression to your performances
• Improvisation and spontaneity in performance
• Use of vocal inflections, dynamics, articulation and interpretation of lyrics
• Exploring all styles, tempos and grooves including ballads, medium swing, fast swing, and bossa-nova.

Advice will be given with sourcing songs and building music repertoire using internet and mobile phone resources.

Entry Requirements

You will be able to already perform a number of songs. You may have attended a Jazz Vocal Performance course and you should have some experience of performing at open mic sessions or gigs.

You will need to have a selection of songs which you know well so that you can perform them in various styles and tempos.

Having a basic understanding of music theory will be an advantage. Level 1 literacy is an advantage as some handouts, notes and texts will be given.

First Class Requirements

A notebook and pen.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is required.

Assessment Methods

No formal assessment but you'll be given regular feedback by your tutor and peers.

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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