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Beginning Jazz Singing

andrea claburn


The objective of this class is to help the singer create a focused, relaxed, skilled, and unique performance. We’ll work on basic musicianship starting with warm-up exercises, improvisation skills, understanding and singing in different “grooves,” finding new songs that suit us, ascertaining the correct key, understanding the song form, preparing a lead sheet, and making practice tracks. We’ll be joined mid-way by a professional pianist to further develop the songs we’ve chosen by working on sub-text, song interpretation, communicating our intentions to an accompanist, singing in different “feels” including rubato, and setting up and counting off songs. This course includes an end-of-quarter performance, and provides a supportive, structured environment for students with a burning desire to sing!

Section I: Mondays 4:45 – 6:15 pm
4/3 – 6/12 (10 weeks) (no class 5/29)
Cecilia Engelhart • $425

Section II: Thursdays 6:30 – 8pm
4/6 – 6/15 (10 weeks)
Andrea Claburn • $425


Maye Cavallaro (voice)

Advanced degree in Education, UC Santa Barbara; B.A. in English Lit, UC Santa Barbara. Fellow NY Cabaret Symposium; faculty, Blue Bear School of Music; private coaching, 25 years; producer, 8 recordings; bandleader, recording artist; awarded Best of the Year in Jazz by the San Francisco Chronicle; visiting clinician, St. John’s U.; graphic artist, web designer.



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