Classes for Vocalists

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Vocal Technique

The Voice Lab
Focusing on natural voice and conversational phrasing, students will learn from diagnostic techniques to evaluate performance and correct common vocal and performance problems. Voice Lab can be repeated or used as a review.

Intro to Vocology (Vocal Health)
This class will explore the basics of vocal anatomy and physiology, different breathing techniques, and an array of simple mindfulness and voice exercises that singers can use to experience a lifetime of beautiful, effortless singing. Students will be encouraged (but not required) to sing jazz standards as part of this class, and to share their vocal experiences. Discover the elegant mechanics of the voice and how to apply this knowledge to the art of singing. Students sing with jazz tracks, and must purchase Hal Leonard's Jazz Tracks for Singers (male or female), book of 15 tunes and CD. Available at www.jazzbooks.com or www.halleonard.com.

Vocal Technique
Jazz singing offers the opportunity to learn contemporary singing techniques in a healthy and fun way. This class will help keep the student's voice in great shape with vocal exercises designed to promote ease of singing and to set the natural voice free. Students will learn some vocal physiology and anatomy, expand their range, and explore conversational singing through jazz. Unlock the secrets of singing through playful exercises, a bit of voice science, and jazz. Students sing with jazz tracks, and must purchase Hal Leonard's Jazz Tracks for Singers (male or female), book of 15 tunes and CD. Available at www.jazzbooks.com or www.halleonard.com

Vocal Calisthenics
Students will build stamina and speed in the vocal line with this two-hour vocal workout covering three octaves with an emphasis on singing scale and chord patterns on modal, blues, pentatonic, chromatic, and other scales. This practice will help eliminate vocal breaks and smooth out registers. We will also work on optimum breathing and support. Students should purchase Hear It and Sing It (Exploring Modal Jazz) by Judy Niemack by Hal Leonard Publishing. Available at www.jazzbooks.com

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Fundamentals and Musicianship for Vocalists

Beginning Sightreading
Students will learn how to sight read charts, single line melodies and 4-voice harmony parts. This core class is important to the growth of the jazz musician.

Chart Writing
This 3-week class will cover basic theory and notation and apply these to writing simple chord charts.

Musicianship for Vocalists
This is an essential class for the beginner to intermediate vocalist who wants to communicate and develop the basic musical skills necessary for working with musicians. Students will develop an understanding of intros and endings, learn to work with simple arrangements, explore various styles, and build a "must know" list of tunes. There will be no performance.
Suggested Prerequisites: Introduction to Jazz Singing and Chart Writing

Ear Training 1
This is a basic class that begins with intervals, triads, 4 note chords, inversions of chords, bass lines and simple melody lines.

Ear Training 2
A continuation of Ear Training 1, this class will give students a better understanding of chord extensions and their inversions. It includes minimal melodic dictation.

Vocal Improvisation 1
Students will learn the basic concepts of improvisation with topics including rhythmic syllables and spoken scat, basic root motion and guide tones, stylistic approach, and use of melody for soloing. Students will also be introduced to basic chord types and their function. They will learn to recognize chord spellings and will begin to improvise over 12-bar Blues progressions.
Suggested prerequisite: Ear Training 1

Vocal Improvisation 2
Students will continue to explore basic chord progressions, including the concept of 'II-V-I' turn-arounds, major and minor diatonic progressions, and 'rhythm changes.' Students will also learn about solo development (including use of space, sequence, melodic motifs, etc.) and begin to experiment with standard tunes. Intermediate level.
Suggested prerequisite: Vocal Improvisation 1 and Ear Training

Get in the Pocket
This is an essential class for the intermediate to advanced vocalist or instrumentalist. With a drummer as the only accompanist, the student will gain a deeper sense of rhythmic timing which is the core of swing. In addition, students will have the opportunity to sit behind the drumset, learning swing patterns that will help them understand the essence of “Getting in the Pocket.”

Rhythm Section Grooves
An important class for vocalists, this course explains the different rhythmic grooves or styles that a vocalist can ask instrumentalists to play while performing a song: slow swing, medium swing, fast swing, straight ballad, swing ballad, jazz waltz, bossa nova, samba, funk, straight 8ths, straight 16ths, etc. Students will learn to recognize and request all of these styles with a better understanding of what each instrument does within each groove.
Suggested Prerequisites: Introduction to Jazz Singing, Chart Writing and Musicianship for Vocalists

The Art of the Duo
In this basic class on how to play as a duo, students will work together on creative arrangements and will learn how to communicate song literature. Instrumentalists must be able to comp and play bass lines, improvise, and provide the melodic bed to support the soloist.
For vocalists, guitarists, and pianists.

The Art of Phrasing
Students will learn to transform a lyric from the page into something instantly memorable. Exercises will involve tools such as back phrasing, singing over the bar line, and balancing long and short phrases. Students will also learn the speech level singing connection, which will enhance believability.

A Cappella and Rubato Singing
Students will learn the skills necessary to sing A Cappella (without accompaniment, one of the most challenging aspects of singing) by phrasing with the accompanist in a more intimate and personal way as well as working on solidifying pitch and rhythmic sense. Students will also learn how to work in a rubato tempo, singing the lyric expressively with rhythmic freedom by manipulating the tempo at the discretion of the vocalist.

How To Build Your Repertoire
Singers, how do you know which songs are best for you? Bring your book of charts or a list of songs you're working on, and we'll explore your favorite tunes in a variety of styles -- or in your favorite style -- and find out what really works for you. Find out how to pick songs that express themselves easily through you, and learn to build a repertoire of your best tunes. No performance.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

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Vocal Literature

Introduction to Jazz Singing
Learn to sing jazz standards. In this class, you'll learn correct melodies to jazz standards along with groove, jazz phrasing, and tone, while getting comfortable singing with an accompanist.

The Blues - Part 1
Study and perform different elements and styles of the blues with such songs as "Kansas City" and "Route 66." You will become familiar with the repertoire and learn how to get the right sound. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental ensemble.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

The Blues - Part 2
Study and perform different elements and styles of the blues with such songs as "Bring It On Home", "Everyday I Have the Blues" and "Come Back, Baby." You will become familiar with the repertoire and learn how to get the right sound. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental ensemble.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Ballads - Part 1
Study and perform 24 famous jazz ballads, including "For All We Know," "Body And Soul," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," "Tenderly," and "A Time For Love." Part 1 of 2. At the end of the twelve-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Ballads - Part 2
Study and perform 24 famous jazz ballads, including "My Old Flame," "Too Late Now," "Autumn in New York," "Dedicated to You," and "Detour Ahead." Part 2 of 2. At the end of the twelve-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Uptempo Tunes
Study and perform up-tempo tunes, which all vocalists need for their sets, including "Avalon," "Lover Come Back To Me," "Cloudburst," "I Cried For You," and "Cherokee." In this class, you'll focus on repertoire, stylistic approach, and phrasing. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Jazz Classics
Study an assorted collection of great songs from the American Popular Songbook, including "Angel Eyes," "Green Dolphin Street," "Don't Go To Strangers," "Lullaby of Birdland," "What's New," and many more. At the end of the six-week session, you'll perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Jazz Ensemble
A selected group of advanced vocalists perform original and standard material in the style of Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer, and New York Voices. Students will learn jazz phrasing, harmonies, articulation, and ensemble singing. By audition only.

Advanced Vocal Literature

Contemporary Vocal Literature - Part 1
Learn how to present contemporary classics from a jazz point of view. Re-imagine songs like "Killing Me Softly," "How Sweet It Is," and "A House Is Not A Home." This is a great class for vocalists interested in filling out their repertoire with more current material while still keeping it "jazz." Students must be able to write their own charts. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Contemporary Vocal Literature - Part 2
Learn how to present contemporary classics from a jazz point of view. Re-imagine songs like "Fields of Gold," "Superstition," and "Will I Lie to You." This is a great class for vocalists interested in filling out their repertoire with more current material while still keeping it "jazz." Students must be able to write their own charts. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Bebop and Beyond
In this advanced class, you'll focus on famous bebop tunes with lyrics, including "Joy Spring" and "Take Five." Learn great tunes from artists such as Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and more.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes, Chart Writing, and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Torme - Part 1
Study the music associated with Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme, who were incredible at scatting. You'll learn songs such as "Born to Be Blue," "The Real Thing," "Knock Me A Kiss", "How High the Moon," and "Little White Lies." You will focus on repertoire, stylistic approach, lyric interpretation, and phrasing, plus you'll learn some of Ella and Mel's famous scat solos. Part 1 of 2. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes, Chart Writing and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Torme - Part 2
Study the music associated with Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme, who were incredible at scatting. You'll learn songs such as "Moonlight in Vermont," "Something's Gotta Give," "Blue Skies", and "Old Devil Moon." You will focus on repertoire, stylistic approach, lyric interpretation, and phrasing, plus you'll learn some of Ella and Mel's famous scat solos. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes, Chart Writing and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: The Women Composers of Tin Pan Alley
Honor Women's History in Jazz by celebrating the compositions of Dorothy Fields, Billie Holiday, Ann Ronnel, Bernice Petkere, Betty Comden, Blossom Dearie, Helen Humes, and Mary Lou Williams. We'll expand the rich lineage of women writers by also exploring the work of more contemporary writers, such as Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell. At the end of the six weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - Part 1
Study and perform over 24 original compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. Jobim, a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, is best known for "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the most recorded songs of all time. In this class, you will learn Portuguese lyrics as well as English translations and will perform at the end of the 12-week session. Part 1 of 2.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - Part 2
Study and perform over 24 original compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. Jobim, a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, is best known for "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the most recorded songs of all time. Other songs include "Desafinado," "Corcovado," "Meditation," "How Insensitive," and "Favela." In this class, you will learn Portuguese lyrics as well as English translations and will perform at the end of the 12-week session. Part 2 of 2.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Latin Jazz Classics - Part 1
Study and perform some of the most popular latin standards ranging from styles in Salsa, Cha-Cha, Conga and Bolero. The class will cover hits such as "El Manisero," "Lagrimas Negras", and "El Chan Chan." At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with a Latin instrumental ensemble. Prerequisites: All songs will be sung in Spanish, so some prior knowledge of the Spanish language is required. Students will also need to know how to put their assigned tunes into the proper keys.
Suggested Prerequisite: Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Latin Jazz Classics - Part 2
Study and perform some of the most popular latin standards ranging from styles in Salsa, Cha-Cha, Conga and Bolero. The class will cover hits such as "Perfidia" and "Frenesi" to name a few. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with a Latin instrumental ensemble. Prerequisites: All songs will be sung in Spanish, so some prior knowledge of the Spanish language is required. Students will also need to know how to put their assigned tunes into the proper keys.
Suggested Prerequisite: Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Brazilian Classics - Part 1
Learn some of Brazil's greatest classic songs from writers such as Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins, Oscar Castro-Neves, Baden Powell and many more. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental ensemble.
Prerequisites: Jobim 1 & 2 or the permission of instructor

Advanced Vocal Literature: Brazilian Classics - Part 2
Learn some of Brazil's greatest classic songs from writers such as Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins, Oscar Castro-Neves, Baden Powell and many more. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental ensemble.
Prerequisites: Jobim 1 & 2 or the permission of instructor

Advanced Vocal Literature: French Chansons - Part 1
Learn some of the most popular French jazz songs that crossed the Atlantic, including "La Vie en Rose," "La Mer" (Beyond The Sea), and "Les Feuilles Mortes" (Autumn Leaves) by composers and singers such as Edith Piaf, Michel LeGrand, Yves Montand, and Blossom Dearie. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental ensemble.
Recommended prerequisite: All songs will be sung in French, so some prior knowledge of the French language is recommended but not required.

Advanced Vocal Literature: French Chansons - Part 2
Learn some of the most popular French jazz songs that crossed the Atlantic, including "La Vie en Rose," "La Mer" (Beyond The Sea), and "Les Feuilles Mortes" (Autumn Leaves) by composers and singers such as Edith Piaf, Michel LeGrand, Yves Montand, and Blossom Dearie. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental ensemble.
Recommended prerequisite: All songs will be sung in French, so some prior knowledge of the French language is recommended but not required.

Advanced Vocal Literature: Vocal Stylings of Sarah Vaughan
Study and practice communicating a lyric with songs recorded by Sarah Vaughan, a master of various style techniques. Exploring songs like "Summertime," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Key Largo," "Tenderly," and "Come Rain or Come Shine," you will learn how to manipulate tone and vowel formation for color, build your range, explore melodic improvisation, and work on straight tone/vibrato. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Peggy Lee
Study and practice songs associated with Peggy Lee, including "Fever," "He's A Tramp," "I Like Being Here With You," "Where Can I Go Without You," & "I'm In Love Again." In this class, you'll focus on repertoire, stylistic approach, lyric interpretation, phrasing, and soloing, while discovering original material from the songbook of Peggy Lee. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Carmen McRae
Study and practice the stylings of Carmen McRae with songs such as "I Have the Feeling I've Been Here Before," "Sunday," and "Something to Live For." Learn the art of conversational and melodic singing by practicing vocal inflection, phrasing, tone, and style authenticity. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes, Chart Writing and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Billy Strayhorn & Bill Evans - Part 1
Study and perform the compositions of Billy Strayhorn and Bill Evans, including "Waltz for Debby," "Passion Flower," and "The Star-Crossed Lovers." Learn repertoire, styles, and lyric interpretation. This is Part 1 of a 2-part class. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Billy Strayhorn & Bill Evans - Part 2
Study and perform the compositions of Billy Strayhorn and Bill Evans, including "Lush Life," "Quiet Now," and "My Little Brown Book" and "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing." Learn repertoire, styles, and lyric interpretation. This is Part 2 of a 2-part class. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Billie Holiday
Listen to, learn, and perform some of Billie Holiday's most popular recorded works, such as "Good Morning Heartache," "Them There Eyes," and "God Bless the Child." Study the repertoire and stylistic approach that made her one of the most distinct voices of the Golden Era of jazz. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Advanced Vocal Literature: Transcription and Vocalese - Part 1
Vocalese is the setting of lyrics to established jazz orchestral instrumentals. Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure played important roles in the history of vocal jazz to implement this style. This is Part 1 or a 2-part class. Students will learn famous vocalese solos and instrumental solos by artists such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis and Stan Getz.
Prerequisites: Vocal Improv 1 and 2.

Advanced Vocal Literature: Transcription and Vocalese - Part 2
Vocalese is the setting of lyrics to established jazz orchestral instrumentals. Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure played important roles in the history of vocal jazz to implement this style. This is Part 1 or a 2-part class. Students will learn famous vocalese solos and instrumental solos by artists such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis and Stan Getz.
Prerequisites: Vocal Improv 1 and 2.

Advanced Vocal Literature: Special Topics
Focus on a particular style, period, or music associated with a particular artist. Topic to be announced.

Great American Songbook

Vocal Literature: The Music Of George & Ira Gershwin - Part 1
Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, the most popular songwriters of the Golden Age of Broadway, including songs such as "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "Summertime," "They Can't Take That Away," and "A Foggy Day." You'll focus on phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, and performance techniques that apply to Gershwin songs. Part 1 of 2. At the end of 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of George & Ira Gershwin - Part 2
Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, the most popular songwriters of the Golden Age of Broadway, including songs such as "I Loves You Porgy," "But Not For Me," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," and "S' Wonderful." You'll focus on phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, and performance techniques that apply to Gershwin songs. Part 2 of 2. At the end of 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Cole Porter - Part 1
Study and perform over 24 famous Cole Porter compositions, some of the cleverest, funniest, and most romantic songs ever written, like "Night and Day," "I Get A Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Porter's music. Part 1 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Cole Porter - Part 2
Study and perform over 24 famous Cole Porter compositions, some of the cleverest, funniest, and most romantic songs ever written, like "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," "So In Love," "Get Out of Town," and "I Love You." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Porter's music. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - Part 1
Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. Part 1 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - Part 2
Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "Thou Swell," "Spring is Here," "It's Easy to Remember," and "My Romance." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Harold Arlen - Part 1
Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Harold Arlen, who wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." Other Arlen songs include "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "I've Got the World on a String." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Arlen's music. Part 1 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Harold Arlen - Part 2
Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Harold Arlen, who wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." Other Arlen songs include "As Long As I Live," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Blues in the Night," and "Let's Fall in Love." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Arlen's music. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Duke Ellington - Part 1
Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Duke Ellington, one of the most influential figures in jazz, including tunes like, "Take the A Train," "Satin Doll," "Don't Get Around Much," "Come Sunday," and "In a Sentimental Mood." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Ellington's music. This is Part 1 of a 2-part class. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Duke Ellington - Part 2
Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by Duke Ellington, one of the most influential figures in jazz, including tunes like, "Caravan," "I Got it Bad," "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing," and "Love You Madly." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Ellington's music. This is Part 2 of a 2-part class. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Johnny Mercer - Part 1
Study and perform over 24 famous Johnny Mercer compositions, among the most popular hits of the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, including "Laura," "Midnight Sun," "Autumn Leaves," "Days of Wine and Roses," and "Moon River." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Mercer's music. Part 1 or 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Johnny Mercer - Part 2
Study and perform over 24 famous Johnny Mercer compositions, among the most popular hits of the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, including "Hit the Road to Dreamland," "Charade," "Emily," and "P.S. I Love You." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Mercer's music. Part 2 or 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Jerome Kern
Study and perform over 15 famous compositions of Jerome Kern, one of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century. His songs include "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "A Fine Romance," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "All the Things You Are," and "The Way You Look Tonight." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Kern's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Harry Warren
Study and perform over 15 famous compositions by Harry Warren, the first major American songwriter to write primarily for film. His songs include "Lullaby of Broadway," "You'll Never Know," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "The More I See You," and "At Last." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Warren's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen - Part 1
Study and perform over 22 famous compositions by Jimmy Van Heusen, whose songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. His tunes include "I Thought About You," "Here's That Rainy Day," "Like Someone in Love," "Come Fly With Me," and "All the Way." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Van Heusen's music. Part 1 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen - Part 2
Study and perform over 22 famous compositions by Jimmy Van Heusen, whose songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. His tunes include "Deep In A Dream," "It's Always You," "But Beautiful," and "Come Dance With Me." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Van Heusen's music. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Irving Berlin
Study and perform over 15 famous compositions by Irving Berlin, whose songs include "Blue Skies," "Cheek to Cheek," "Puttin' on the Ritz," 'How Deep is the Ocean," and "I've Got my Love to Keep me Warm." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Berlin's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael
Study and perform over 15 famous compositions by the inventive and adventurous Hoagy Carmichael, who wrote great jazz standards, including "Stardust," "Georgia on my Mind," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Skylark," "Lazy River," and "The Nearness of You." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Carmichael's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Great Unknown Composers
Explore great tunes of less well-known composers that belong on everyone's set list, such as "Make Someone Happy," "Alone Together," "It Amazes Me," "You And the Night And the Music," and "I Should Care." At the end of the six weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Alan & Marilyn Bergman - Part 1
Study and perform the songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, whose award-winning songs include "The Windmills of Your Mind," " What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life," "Nice 'n' Easy," "The Summer Knows," and the score for "Yentl." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the Bergmans' music. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Vocal Literature: The Music of Alan & Marilyn Bergman - Part 2
Study and perform the songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, whose award-winning songs include "What Matters Most," "Love Like Ours," "Moonlight," and "So Many Stars." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the Bergmans' music. Part 2 of 2. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

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Vocal Performance

Beginning Vocal Performance Techniques - Parts 1 and 2
Develop and practice the skills needed to effectively enhance vocal performances for the stage setting. In this class, students will develop excellent stage presence and communication skills, practice proper microphone technique, and learn to maximize good vocal technique for a live performance. Students will also learn how to communicate with the band in terms of presenting form, tempo, and groove. At the end of the 12 weeks, the student will perform two or three songs as a mini set.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

The Vocal Showcase
In this class, students will have the opportunity to rehearse and launch a professional show hosted by the Nashville Jazz Workshop. If you're ready for your solo spotlight, this is it! Each student will prepare a 25-minute set with a professional trio. Entry to this class is by audition only. Class size is limited to 4 students and tuition cost may differ.
Suggested Prerequisites: Five Vocal Literature classes, Beginning and Intermediate Vocal Performance, Musicianship for Vocalists and Chart Writing.

Intermediate Vocal Performance Techniques - Parts 1 and 2
Further develop performance techniques with this introduction to a larger and more selective repertoire of songs. In this class, students will learn stage performance skills by building relationships with their audience and creating and delivering appropriate patter to set up a tune. Students will be accompanied by a trio, giving them the chance to explore new arrangements of their songs. Each student will learn five songs, selecting three to perform as a mini set at the end of the 12 weeks.
Suggested Prerequisites: Beginning Vocal Performance, Introduction to Jazz Singing

Advanced Vocal Performance Techniques: "Grow Your Show" - Parts 1 and 2
Ready to grow your show? Plant your tunes and set lists here, water with a professional trio, and watch yourself grow. In this class, students will identify, develop and strengthen their unique qualities in vocal style and performance. Students will continue to develop range of musical expression and learn to be confident on stage as well as learning how to polish their musical arrangements. At the end of the 12 weeks, the student will perform four or five songs as a set.
Suggested prerequisites: Five Vocal Literature classes, Beginning and Intermediate Vocal Performance, Musicianship for Vocalists and Chart Writing.

Rehearsal Sessions
This class is designed for advanced vocal students who have a large repertoire of songs and are working towards a 20-minute set. Students will work on improving communication and rehearsal skills with the band, learning how to rehearse material in 20-minute sets, refine tempos and arrangements, manage show flow, and modify charts. Students will also learn how to process critique of materials and receive suggestions for professional level development. Class size is limited to 4 students and tuition cost may differ.
Suggested prerequisites: Five Vocal Literature classes, Beginning and Intermediate Vocal Performance, Musicianship for Vocalists and Chart Writing.

Vocal Expression: Finding and Exploring The Depths of a Song
Explore vocal freedom and improvisation while working with the deepest roots of jazz and spirituals. A beautiful song with engaging lyrics and lovely chord changes will quickly die at the mercy of a voice that may be well tuned but lacks sincere emotional expression. One key to expressing jazz is having a connection with the blues. Students should bring three to five songs from their repertoire to work with, songs that speak to them with a certain depth of emotion.
Suggested Prerequisite: Beginning Vocal Performance, Introduction to Jazz Singing

Meisner Technique for Vocalists
In this course, students will apply the foundation of the Meisner Technique to vocal performance, deepening their instincts and imagination and encouraging greater spontaneity and emotional honesty onstage. Students will need to come prepared by memorizing four tunes with which they have technical proficiency. While vocal technique will not be addressed, students will learn how to be grounded and present onstage, making a stronger emotional connection to both lyrics and audience. Students will learn how to use lyrics and patter as monologues and how to respond with emotional truthfulness under imaginary circumstances.
Important: Students must be able to meet with their scene partner at least once a week outside class for improvisational scene work.
Suggested Prerequisite: This class is open to intermediate and advanced vocal students.

Master Class
A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.

Cabaret

Cabaret Toolbox
Cabaret artists are typically responsible for every aspect of their show: song selection, patter, booking, rehearsal scheduling and leading, and just about anything else you can think of. Join us for this practical guide that will introduce vocalists to the skills needed for a successful cabaret performance. Topics covered include: writing effective patter, getting the most from rehearsals, marketing basics, and maximizing the stage and the venue. Participants sing each week, and upon completion of the course performers will have gained necessary insights regarding the elements involved in creating and performing a cabaret.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing, Beginning Vocal Performance, or permission of instructor.

Cabaret Repertoire
This class is for vocalists who are ready to look beyond the standard fare to discover songs that make a cabaret show truly unique. Students will work on a new song each week, exploring a variety of styles, genres and formats, including learning tools for crafting meaningful medleys, unique song interpretations, and witty parodies. At the end of the session, vocalists will perform a short four-song cabaret set.
Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing, Beginning Vocal Performance or permission of instructor.

Musical Theatre Repertoire
Musical Theater Repertoire Get ready to add a wide variety of styles to your repertoire from the world of Musical Theater. Participants will learn 16 different songs from musical theater makers such as Kander/Ebb, Herman, Sondheim, Weber, Tesori, Bray/Russell/Willis, and more. Gain the insights that are embedded in theater tunes (things like comic timing, story telling, characterizations, and consistency), while connecting with tunes that will broaden your vocal options and enhance your performance.

Improv Comedy for Musical Artists
Want to learn to get "out of your own way"? Want to be more free with your musical exploration? This fast-paced and funny 3 week mini session will shine some light on ways to embrace spontaneity, stretch your creativity, and allow yourself to listen and respond in a more organic way. And what better way to do this than that creatively-dangerous artform: Improv Comedy. Through exercises and games that get to the root of improv skills, participants will laugh and learn at the same time, and come away a new approach to musical and creative choice-making.

Crafting Your Cabaret - Parts 1 and 2
Building on the techniques and skills from "Cabaret Repertoire", and "Cabaret Toolkit", each week of this session will bring vocalists closer to putting together their own cabaret show. Classes will include work in all aspects of participant’s show. Specific attention will be given to encouraging nuanced performances, and to the most powerful interpretations of the material. By the end, vocalists can have a unique cabaret shaped-out and ready to go.
Suggested Prerequisites: Chart Writing, Cabaret Repertoire, and Cabaret Toolbox

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