Vocal Musicianship, Improv, Composition


Vocal Musicianship, Improv, Composition

Jazzschool-Online Technical Requirements for Vocal Classes:

Required equipment:

  1. Computer to host Zoom class meetings.
  2. A second device (computer, phone or tablet) with an external speaker (wired or Bluetooth) to play accompaniment tracks. It’s important to have an external speaker, rather than just playing tracks from your phone, in order to make the tracks audible to other class members and instructors. It is not recommended to play accompaniment tracks on the same device as your Zoom meeting.
  3. Please also purchase and download the iReal Pro app to install on your playback device. 

Recommended but not required equipment:

  1. External microphone (USB mic plugged directly into the computer, or standard vocal mic plugged into an audio interface. The internal microphone on your computer is acceptable, but an external microphone will sound better.
  2. Wired internet connection (ethernet) for increased connection stability. 

Recommended internet connection speed to avoid lag and dropouts: Minimum 5 Mbps upload. Visit speedtest.net to check your connection. 

For users with some technical savvy, there are other options you may be interested in exploring, including use of loopback software and/or an audio mixer/interface with USB capabilities to mix vocal and track signal before sending to Zoom. This is not required.


Combining Vocal Technique and Ear Training
Build essential singing skills by learning vocal technique. Improve range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, and register coordination through targeted exercises and vocal warm-ups. Combine vocal technique exercises with necessary basic ear training patterns to strengthen musicianship skills. This class will boost vocal technique and musicianship while providing the necessary tools to master many styles of music and improvisation.

Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Ellen Johnson, $395

Roseanna Vitro

Musicianship Fundamentals for Singers NEW!
Whatever style of singing speaks to you, learning the fundamentals of music enhances performance skills, enables better communication with instrumentalists and accompanists and provides greater confidence on and off stage. In this class, Roseanna guides singers through a “No Fear” zone in music fundamentals covering: basic theory, reading and explaining charts, song form, understanding and feeling rhythm in different time signatures and choosing the right keys and songs for your sound and personality.

Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
9/21 – 11/30 (10 weeks) no class 11/23
Roseanna Vitro, $395

Songwriters’ Circle NEW!
No matter where you are in your songwriting journey, the Songwriters’ Circle will jumpstart creativity and get you writing. This class is for all skill levels, whether you write lyrics, melodies, harmony, or any combination thereof and whether you’re just getting started, or are an experienced songwriter looking for new ideas and motivation. An assignment or prompt will be given the week before each class; you’ll write during the week and then share your work in class to receive constructive feedback. Together we’ll explore the elements of good songwriting, looking at the variety of forms, melodic devices, and lyrics that inspire. There will be an optional performance with invited guests for the last week of class.

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Andrea Wolper, $395

Lyric Writing––A Toolbox for Creativity
California Jazz Conservatory Vocal Chair, Laurie Antonioli, has been writing and recording her original lyrics for over 30 years. You’ll find her unique texts from her first release, “Soul Eyes,” through her latest, “The Constant Passage of Time.” Through the years, she has come to value the aspect of craft that goes into lyric writing, as much as she does original ideas or personal stories. Laurie’s class includes short lectures on the lyricists from the Great American Songbook, to Jon Hendricks, Joni Mitchell, Dave Frishberg, Bob Dylan, Kendrick Lamar and beyond, in addition to in-class writing assignments and homework. Topics include: Getting started; Rhyming; Collaborating; Differentiating between poetry and lyrics; Examining both universal and personal stories; Looking at some fun angles, exercises, and perspectives to produce a provocative lyric. This will be a highly interactive class and students will compose several sets of lyrics by the end of the term. Required Text: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron from your preferred online retailer.

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
9/23 – 12/2 (10 weeks) no class 11/25
Laurie Antonioli, $395

Laurie Antonioli

Bebop Spoken Here––Improv for Singers
There are many elements involved with learning to improvise. From the song form to the chord changes, ideas, interaction, and historical aspects of the music that make something sound like “jazz.” But one thing’s for sure––it’s not just the notes. Accents, inflections, phrasing, and articulation all influence the sound and style of a solo, in addition to the choice of syllables and vowel sounds when “scat singing.” In this fun course, you’ll learn several well-known bebop tunes that will enable participation in jam sessions while building a vocabulary of great melodies, licks and ideas. Prerequisites: open to all, beginners welcome!

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Laurie Antonioli, $395

Guitar Self-Accompaniment for Jazz Vocalists
Explore the basic skills essential to becoming your own accompanist! In this class, students will learn the basic jazz chord shapes on guitar, which will enable them to easily play most standard tunes. Learn chord progressions and harmony, how to read lead sheets, and how to use the guitar to help support your voice and guide you through the melody of a song. Prerequisites: all levels welcome.

Mondays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
9/21 – 11/30 (10 weeks) no class 11/23
Ian Faquini, $395