Online Masterclasses

I am delighted to offer a series of online Vocal Jazz Masterclasses working with the amazing Jazz Standard Repertoire. My masterclasses cover a range of topics including Phrasing, Tempo/Groove, Improvising, Music Theory, Counting In, Intros and Endings, Choosing The Right Key as well as a Digging Deep class where we examine the history, content and different recordings of a particular jazz standard. Full info on each class is at the bottom of this page.

Any questions about any of the workshops, please do contact Sophie by email

ONLINE MASTERCLASS SCHEDULE
for October 2020:

 

(Information about each masterclass below.)

CLASS DATE TIME  
       
Tempos/Groove I GOT IT BAD Wed 21st Oct 1130 -1220pm  
Digging Deep DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES  Wed 21st Oct 1 – 150pm  
Phrasing DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES  Wed 21st Oct 2 – 250pm  
       
Intros Thurs 22nd Oct 1- 150pm FULLY BOOKED
Endings  Thurs 22nd Oct 2 – 250pm FULLY BOOKED
Phrasing DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES  Thurs 22nd Oct 630 – 720pm FULLY BOOKED
Tempos/Groove I GOT IT BAD  Thurs 22nd Oct 730 – 820pm FULLY BOOKED
       
Tempos/Groove BYE BYE BLACKBIRD Wed 28th Oct 1130 -1220pm FULLY BOOKED
Digging Deep I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD  Wed 28th Oct 1 – 150pm  
Phrasing I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD  Wed 28th Oct 2 – 250pm  
       
Phrasing I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD Thurs 29th Oct 1- 150pm  
Tempos/Groove BYE BYE BLACKBIRD  Thurs 29th Oct 2 – 250pm FULLY BOOKED
Intros  Thurs 29th Oct 630 – 720pm FULLY BOOKED
Endings  Thurs 29th Oct 730 – 820pm  
       
Improvisation on a 12 bar blues ALL BLUES Sat 31st Oct 2 – 250pm FULLY BOOKED
Choosing The Right Key  Sat 31st Oct 3 – 350pm FULLY BOOKED
Music Theory for Singers CHAPTER 1 – 90 mins, 10 max, £20, w/ Tom  Sat 31st Oct 4.15 – 5.45pm  

DIGGING DEEP

Digging Deep into The Jazz Standard – Examining what the song-writer gives the singer
An online class examining one jazz standard, looking at the back story behind the writing of the song, analysing the song chart, lyric, melody and harmonic structure to enable us as the singer to get as much from the songwriter as possible and to learn the song as thoroughly as we can. We will listen to different versions of singers singing the featured song and see how they interpret what the songwriter has written as well as sing through the song as a group. You will receive a chart for the song. These sessions cost £5.
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

THE JAZZ STANDARD VOCAL JAZZ MASTERCLASSES

Improvising Over a 12 Bar Blues Masterclass
With a maximum of 3 students (min 2) we will work with one 12 bar blues, learning the blues head, using different improvisatory tools, live guitar accompaniment and/or a backing track. We will work with both scat and lyrical improvisation and use different exercises to develop confidence and the improvising ear. There will be individual singing as well as group singing. You will receive a chart for the song and an audio recording of the blues head. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Phrasing Masterclass
With a maximum of 3 students (min 2) we will work with one jazz standard, using a backing track from IReal Pro and/or live guitar accompaniment and a selection of phrasing exercises to develop your confidence in delivering your phrasing with individuality, good vocal technique and the ability to engage your listeners. There will be individual singing as well as group singing. You will receive a chart for the song and an audio recording of the written melody. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Playing with Groove Masterclass
With a maximum of 3 students (min 2) we will work with one jazz standard, using backing tracks from IReal Pro and/or live guitar accompaniment in a variety of different grooves, tempos and time signatures. We will explore how this can impact on your delivery and interpretation of a song. There will be individual singing as well as group singing. You will receive a chart for the song and an audio recording of the written melody. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Counting In Different Grooves + Tempos
With a maximum of 3 students (min 2) we will work on how to become confident counting in a song in different grooves and tempos. With live guitar accompaniment each student will practise counting in a variety of different grooves, tempos and time signatures on several different popular jazz standards. There will be individual singing in this class. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Choosing The Right Key
With a maximum of 3 students (min 2) we will work on how to find the right key for the songs you want to sing. With live guitar accompaniment and using the IReal Pro backing tracks each student will practise finding the right key for a few jazz standards of their choice. There will be individual singing in this class. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Intros
With a maximum of 3 students (min 2) we will examine the different types of intros commonly associated with the popular jazz standards. With live guitar accompaniment each student will practise becoming confident in finding their start note and knowing when to come in during an intro. We will work with several of the popular jazz standards. There will be individual singing in this class. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Endings
With a maximum of 3 students (min 2) we will examine the different types of endings commonly associated with the popular jazz standards. With live guitar accompaniment each student will practise becoming confident in when and how to signal the ending to the band and how to vocalise the different types of endings. We will work with several of the popular jazz standards. There will be individual singing in this class. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Music Theory for Singers: CHAPTER 1 – 90 mins, Maximum 10 students, £20,
This 90 minute masterclass will be led by Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne. The first half of the session will examine the fundamentals of music theory that are relevant to singers, and the second half will take a deeper look at the music theory covered in the first half with questions and answers and practical examples. There will be a sheet detailing the music theory that we cover in this class. These sessions cost £20 (10% discount if booking 5 or more masterclasses from the Sep-Oct series.)
Email sbancroft@btinternet.com

Student Testimonials from previous online masterclasses

“I’ve loved the regular practise - a deadline / structure to learn new material for. A window of song in the week! A commitment to music. The expanse of participants - the world over.”

”Things I have enjoyed about your online masterclasses: Having you go through the chord progressions (on your guitar/ great playing), practicing the improv with you playing and getting the song info before the class to start learning the song. Trying different feels/grooves, feeding ideas to different approaches to the song. Hearing your very positive and encouraging words. you created a safe place for learning/experimenting. ”

”Your online masterclasses have given me the opportunity to learn new repertoire; gain confidence; a chance to try out and develop improvisation; sing in front of other people; get feedback; listen to others. ”

”I’ve loved your sessions and have really reconnected with singing which is one good thing to have come out of these troubled times at least. ”

”The group sessions are affordable for me and I really like the interaction with the other singers.”

”The online masterclasses really motivated me and think loads more about singing/music in general - I found them quite inspiring and really good to listen to different versions and just think a lot more about a song each week. ”

”I liked the workshop feel of the sessions, practising different tempo’s/styles (really useful and challenging) and have really appreciated the sheet music and practise track approach for practise (really good value). ”

”I enjoyed getting to meet others who share my passion for singing jazz standards.”