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July 20, 2014

THE VOCAL IMMERSION SERIES – SING YOUR STORY with Ellen Robinson Part 2

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Ellen Robinson • SATURDAY & SUNDAY, July 19-20, 10 AM

The songs you choose, the lyrics, the tempo and rhythmic style, how you introduce a song, your attire and they way you use your voice to deliver a song all come together to tell a story. What’s yours? The morning session includes fun exercises and games to explore what kind of a performer you want to be. In the afternoon, each singer performs with an accompanist and receives one-on-one instruction. Please select two songs to work on (one slow and one up-tempo) and bring three copies of the sheet music for each. See Ellen’s bio at ellenrobinson.com.

Saturday & Sunday, July 19-20
10am – 4pm including lunch break

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: July 20, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 20, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 19, 2014

THE VOCAL IMMERSION SERIES – SING YOUR STORY with Ellen Robinson Part 1

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Ellen Robinson • SATURDAY & SUNDAY, July 19-20, 10 AM

The songs you choose, the lyrics, the tempo and rhythmic style, how you introduce a song, your attire and they way you use your voice to deliver a song all come together to tell a story. What’s yours? The morning session includes fun exercises and games to explore what kind of a performer you want to be. In the afternoon, each singer performs with an accompanist and receives one-on-one instruction. Please select two songs to work on (one slow and one up-tempo) and bring three copies of the sheet music for each. See Ellen’s bio at ellenrobinson.com.

Saturday & Sunday, July 19-20
10am – 4pm including lunch break

Start: July 19, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 19, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 13, 2014

CHART WRITING FOR VOCALISTS with Stephanie Bruce

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Chart Writing for Vocalists SUNDAYS, JULY 13 & 20, 2 PM

Clear, clean and accurate lead sheets are a must and this workshop shows you how to create professional quality charts using notation software. Students learn how to make lead sheets that get the job done! Finale PrintMusic is an affordable option. Students should purchase and install the software prior to the workshop and bring your laptop. You will also be introduced to the basics of PrintMusic.

Stephanie Bruce has been a singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger, teacher and producer for over 30 years. Her vocal sound has a multidimensional texture, emulating many of the great vocalists in jazz and pop music. Stephanie’s original compositions draw on jazz, the Great American Songbook and contemporary Brazilian music.

Start: July 13, 2014 2:00 pm
End: July 13, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

MUSIC BUSINESS WORKSHOP with Mimi Fox

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Mimi Fox SUNDAY, JULY 13, 11:30 AM

A valuable overview of the current state of the music business with acclaimed guitarist, author and educator Mimi Fox. Topics covered include building an audience and working with fellow musicians, booking agents, managers, record companies, entertainment lawyers, publicity, marketing, social media and more. A Q&A period is provided.

Mimi Fox has over 35 years experience as an international touring and recording artist. She has recorded for major and independent labels as a leader and collaborated with many renowned jazz musicians.

Start: July 13, 2014 11:30 am
End: July 13, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

THE VOCAL IMMERSION SERIES –
THE SCHOOL OF THE GETDOWN with Faye Carol Part 2

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Faye Carol SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 12 & 13, 10 AM

In this 2-day intensive, singers of all levels are invited on a journey through jazz, blues and R&B to find their voice and open up their spirit. Students work through a song of their choice with piano accompaniment, in addition to learning a group song. Singers touch on breathing, intonation and vocal techniques while taking the fear out and putting the fun in! Students bring questions and three copies of a song of their choice, in their favorite key if possible. See Faye’s bio at fayecarol.com.

Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14
10am – 4pm including lunch break

Please see Part 1 to register

Start: July 13, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 13, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

July 12, 2014

THE VOCAL IMMERSION SERIES –
THE SCHOOL OF THE GETDOWN with Faye Carol Part 1

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Faye Carol SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 12 & 13, 10 AM

In this 2-day intensive, singers of all levels are invited on a journey through jazz, blues and R&B to find their voice and open up their spirit. Students work through a song of their choice with piano accompaniment, in addition to learning a group song. Singers touch on breathing, intonation and vocal techniques while taking the fear out and putting the fun in! Students bring questions and three copies of a song of their choice, in their favorite key if possible. See Faye’s bio at fayecarol.com.

10am – 4pm including lunch break

Start: July 12, 2014 10:00 am
End: July 12, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

May 25, 2014

THE DELIBERATE MUSICIAN — MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING with Les Wise

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Les Wise SUNDAY, MAY 25, NOON

For anyone looking for an edge, this workshop is designed to equip musicians with the mental skills necessary for becoming consistent, robust performers — so they can play at their very best under pressure. In music, mental training and toughness are just as important as talent! Discover practical techniques and strategies to remove the mental roadblocks that have kept you from playing and performing the way you want. You’ve trained on your instrument — now harness the power of your mind (thoughts, actions, beliefs, confidence and motivation). All musicians, singers and songwriters are welcome, regardless of your preferred style of music.

Les Wise is a renowned guitarist with over 30 years of experience touring and recording. He also is a world-class music educator and author. Les was one of the first guitar instructors at the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, where he has taught thousands of students the art and science of becoming better musicians.

Start: May 25, 2014 12:00 pm
End: May 25, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

BEATLES CHOIR with Ellen Robinson

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Ellen Robinson SUNDAYS, MAY 25, JUNE 1 & 8, 11 AM

Sing the timeless music of the Beatles in 3- and 4-part harmony and enjoy their songs in a whole new way. Work from written choral arrangements and learn harmony parts to different Beatles tunes each week. There will be an opportunity to create your own harmonies and also to perform in the Jazzschool Student Performance Series. If you sang in the Beatles Choir last summer, you can do it again — this will be a whole new set of songs. Let’s have fun!

Singer, composer and arranger Ellen Robinson has been prominent on the Bay Area jazz vocal scene for over three decades. She has worked with artists including Bud Spangler, Harvey Wainapel, Paul Nagel and many others. As a leader, Ellen has released three acclaimed albums and she teaches at both the Jazzschool and the Community Music Center in San Francisco.

Start: May 25, 2014 11:00 am
End: May 25, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

May 18, 2014

SO YOU WANNA WRITE A SONG! with Kenneth Helman

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Ken Helman SUNDAYS, MAY 18, 25 & JUNE 1 , 2 PM

In this exciting three-session workshop, students will collaborate in writing one song together. From choosing a subject, to writing a lyric, creating a melody, a rhythmic foundation and a harmonic structure, you will learn the process of how a song is formed and the various choices available. By the end of the workshop students know how to develop a song so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish.

Kenneth Helman is a classically trained pianist, singer and composer who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins and did post-graduate fellowships at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and Tanglewood. Ken has appeared at major venues around the world and worked extensively with artists including Sting, Jessye Norman, Harvey Fierstein, Han-Na Chang and Elton John.

Start: May 18, 2014 2:00 pm
End: May 18, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

May 4, 2014

SING ALONG WITH ELLA with Amy London

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Amy London SUNDAY, MAY 4, NOON

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New York-based Amy London leads singers through a series of warm-ups, based on her Open Body Method. Students prepare to sing along with legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald’s three-octave range, smoothly and easily. Amy leads the group through one of Ella’s sterling scat solos, introducing a series of exercises based on Ella’s ideas. London demystifies what made Ella swing so hard, and improvise so expertly through the chord changes. A handbook of exercises, including the Ella scat solo transcription with scat syllables, is distributed for participants to take with them for further study of improvisation.

Amy London is well-established as a leading vocalist on the New York jazz scene. She has performed in the Broadway hit City of Angels and led her own groups in venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Small’s and many others. Amy appears on ten acclaimed recordings, including Let’s Fly, her 2011 Motema release. She is also in demand as a vocal coach at the New School.

Start: May 4, 2014 12:00 pm
End: May 4, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: California Jazz Conservatory
Address:
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
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