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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.
Prerequisite: This is an ongoing class for all singers, beginner through advanced.

The Basics of Voice
Jazz singing offers the opportunity to learn contemporary singing techniques in a healthy and fun way. This class will explore the basics of vocal anatomy and physiology, different breathing techniques, and an array of simple mindfulness and vocal exercises that singers can use for 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. Order from www.sheetmusicplus.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. Order at www.jazzbooks.com

Voice Fundamentals
This class will help keep the student's voice in great shape with vocal exercises designed to promote ease of singing and set the natural voice free with healthy vocal skills. Students will learn the basics of vocal physiology and anatomy, expand their range, and explore conversational singing. We will unlock the secrets of voice through playful vocaleses, a bit of voice science, and a lot of fun.
Prerequisite: All ages and levels are welcome.

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

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.

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Fundamentals and Musicianship for Vocalists

Beginning Sightreading for Vocalists & Instrumentalists
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 for Vocalists
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.
Prerequisites: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2 and Chart-writing for Vocalists.

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 for Vocalists
An intensive study of how to SWING, this class gives students the opportunity to sing accompanied only by drums in order to focus more intently on exact rhythm. When everyone on the stage is on the same rhythmic page, magic can happen!

Rhythm Section Grooves for Vocalists
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.
Prerequisites: Intro to Jazz Singing, Chart-writing for Vocalists, Musicianship for Vocalists

Keyboard Basics for Vocalists
All music is based on the piano. In this class, students study the keyboard, learning note names, intervals, chord structures, and musical notation in an easy to understand format that will show how to connect the voice to the notes of the keyboard and ultimately unlock the mysteries of music. Understanding melodies and how notes work together on the keyboard will give students a better sense of pitch center and overall musical accuracy.

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.
Advanced level suggested.

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.

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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.

Vocal Literature: The Music Of George and Ira Gershwin - A 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature: The Music of Cole Porter - A 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - A 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature: The Music of Harold Arlen - A 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature: The Music of Duke Ellington - A 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature: The Music of Johnny Mercer - A 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

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: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

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: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen - A 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

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: Intro to Singing Jazz 1 & 2

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: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature- The Music of Alan & Marilyn Bergman - A 12-Week Course
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: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Vocal Literature: Jazz Classics - A 12-Week Course
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: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Contemporary Vocal Literature
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: intermediate/advanced level, five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

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

How To Build a Solid 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

Advanced Vocal Literature: Special Topics
Focus on a particular style, period, or music associated with a particular artist. To be announced.
Prerequisite: For advanced singers only

Transcription and Vocalese - 12-Week Course
Vocalese is the setting of lyrics to established jazz orchestral instrumentals. Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure played very important roles in the history of vocal jazz to implement this style. Students in this 12 week class will learn famous vocalese solos as well as instrumental solos ( Coltrane, Adderley, Davis, Getz) that will be scatted by the vocalist.
Prerequisites: Vocal Improv 1 and 2. Advanced level required.

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 composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Advanced Vocal Literature: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - 12-Week Course
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.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Advanced Vocal Literature: Brazilian Classics - 12 Week Course
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: Latin Jazz Classics - 12-Week Course
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, El Chan Chan, Perfidia, 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.

Advanced Vocal Literature: The Blues - 12 Week Course
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

Advanced Vocal Literature: French Chansons - 12-Week Course
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: 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 composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Advanced Vocal Literature: Bebop and Beyond - 12 Week Course
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. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists, and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Ballads - 12-Week Course
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." At the end of the twelve-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Advanced Vocal Styles & Lit: Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Torme - 12-Week Course
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. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists, and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Vocal Stylings of Sarah Vaughan - 12-Week Course
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 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists, and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Styles & Literature: Peggy Lee
Study and practice songs associated with Peggy Lee and Chet Baker, 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 composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists, and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Carmen McRae - 12-Week Course
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 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists, and Vocal Improvisation

Advanced Vocal Literature: Billy Strayhorn & Bill Evans - 12-Week Course
Study and perform the compositions of Billy Strayhorn and Bill Evans, including "Waltz for Debby," "Passion Flower," and "The Star-Crossed Lover." Learn repertoire, styles, and lyric interpretation. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Prerequisite: Advanced level required, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Advanced Vocal Literature: Billie Holiday - 12-Week Course
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 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Vocal Jazz Ensemble
By audition only. A selected group of advanced vocalists performing original and standard material.

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Vocal Performance

Beginning Vocal Performance Techniques - 12-Week Course
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

Intermediate Vocal Performance Techniques - 12-Week Course
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" - 12-Week Course
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: Vocal Repertoire (minimum of four classes), Vocal performance I and/or II, Musicianship for Vocalists. Singers should be prepared to have individual books for Piano, Bass and Drums.

Rehearsal Sessions - Limit 4 Students
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.
Since class size is limited, tuition cost may differ. Suggested prerequisites: Vocal Performance classes 1,2 & 3, Chart Writing for Vocalists, Vocal Repertoire

The Vocal Showcase - Limit 4 Students
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.
Since class size is limited, tuition cost may differ.
Prerequisites: Five NJW Vocal Repertoire classes, all levels of Vocal Performance classes, and at least ten prepared tunes with correct charts in proper keys

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.
Prerequisites: This class is open to intermediate and advanced vocal students.

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, blues or non.
Suggested Prerequisite: Beginning Vocal performance, Introduction to Jazz Singing

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 memorable medleys and witty parodies. At the end of the session, vocalists will perform a short 4-song set.

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 teach vocalists the skills needed for a successful cabaret performance. Topics covered include: writing effective patter, getting the most from rehearsals, marketing the show, and maximizing the stage and venue. Upon completion, performers will have gained necessary insights about all the elements involved in creating and performing a cabaret.

Improv Comedy for Musical Artists - 3-Week Course
Want to learn to get "out of your own way"? Want to be more free with your musical exploration? This fast-paced and funny 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 game 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 - 12-Week Course
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 creating a cabaret, including honing each participant's theme, song list, show arc, marketing strategy, etc. And by the end, vocalist will have their own cabaret shaped out and ready to go.

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