Vocal technique workshops and Musicality workshops are open to all current singers. They are also open to casual students, past students and newcomers. Workshops are balanced with a certain amount of music making, and fun singing. Most workshops provide a lot of information and an opportunity to explore and experiment in a fun environment. There are a few workshops that have solos (always specified) but generally this is not the case and singers can come along knowing that they will not be called upon to do this. themselves but most workshops.
9 May 2019 – SONG STRUCTURE AND FORM
This workshop is about understanding and appreciating how your songs have been composed. For the purpose of this workshop the group will also address arrangements and how that applies to the original song structure. This will include the use of beat, rhythm, harmonies and instrumentation. The group will analyse their music understanding the different elements of a song eg verse, chorus etc. and the nature and purpose of those elements. They will also look at key, type of scale, word painting and how that effects the overall expression of the song while observing how the music and lyrics work together.
TIME: 9 May 2019 7.15pm – 9pm
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 8 Singers
OPEN TO: Singers currently working in the studio only. (no newbies or past singers)
14 May 2019 – BELTING
Belting is the technical term used to employing non-classical technique to very high singing. The aim is to keep the voice raw and raunchy but still healthy. Belting is usually the technique used by rock and pop singers but it is also being used more in musical theatre.
Singers must have a good understanding of Vocal Placement to do this workshop. Those who have done the Vocal placement workshop more than once preferred.
TIME: 7.15pm – 9pm 14 May
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 12 singers
OPEN TO: Current and Past singers who have studied vocal placement
22 May 2019 – WHAT KIND OF SINGER ARE YOU?
This workshop examines different genres with the expression, mechanics and musicality of those at the workshop. Singers usually have more than one favourite genre but the expression of that genre will fit into one of four categories:
Vocal technique is important but expression has to do with feelings, personalities, histories, perspective, openness etc. While vocal technique works on the functions of the body in voicing, there can often be difficulties related to what makes all of this work. Any discomfort singers is usually not because the mechanism itself isn’t working.
Many feelings that we have are the result of interaction between different parts of ourselves and our relationship with ourself the the outside world. Some things are either unpleasant, painful or embarrassing and may feel unacceptable to us and/or society, and so we repress them. This creates a voice that expresses tension.
This is a fun workshop where singers can experiment with different types of expression. The workshop also explores some of the ingredients of tone introduced in the Scales, Tone, Vowels workshop.
Singers required to sing individually.
WORKSHOP: What Kind of Singer Are You?
TIME: Wednesday 22 May 7.15pm – 9pm
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SINGERS: 12
OPEN TO: All current and past students – newbies welcome!
27 May 2019 – TRANSPOSITION AND CHORD PROGRESSIONS
This is a workshop for singers who play instruments. Sometimes it becomes unclear of why different chord shapes work together. The group will work with standard possibilities so that music making can become more predictable. This workshop should enable those who are interested in song-writing but it should also be helpful for those who need to memorise their instrumental parts during singing
WORKSHOP: Transposition and Chord Progressions
DATE: Monday 27 May 7.15pm – 9pm
OPEN TO: Current Singers who play instruments
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 8 Singers
4 June 2019 – MASTERCLASS
Each student to perform a song in front of the rest of the group. This is an opportunity to pick a vocal area of technique, musicality or artistry and receive help from the rest of the group.
Time: Tuesday 4 June
Open to: All Current Students
Maximum number of Singers: 6