Online Masterclasses

I am delighted to offer a series of online Vocal Jazz Masterclasses working with the amazing Jazz Standard Repertoire. Each masterclass will have a maximum 3 students unless indicated otherwise.

Full info about each type of masterclass is below the schedule, but if you have any questions about any of the workshops or to book please contact Sophie by email

ONLINE MASTERCLASS SCHEDULE
for June/July 2021:
(Full information about each masterclass is below – each class is 60 minutes long and costs £20.)

Wed 9th June
2pm – Working-With-A-Song: DAY BY DAY – FULLY BOOKED
315pm – Working-With-A-Song: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE

Thurs 10th June
315pm – Working-With-A-Song: MY SHIP – FULLY BOOKED
630PM – Working-With-A-Song: JOLENE (Dolly Parton cover)

Wed 16th June
2pm – Working-With-A-Song: TANGERINE – FULLY BOOKED
315pm – Working-With-A-Song: I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME (Bonnie Raitt cover) – FULLY BOOKED

Thurs 17th June
2pm – Working-With-A-Song: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE – FULLY BOOKED
315pm – Working-With-A-Song: DON’T KNOW WHY (Norah Jones cover) – FULLY BOOKED
630pm – Working-With-A-Song: YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS – FULLY BOOKED

Wed 30th June
2pm – Working-With-A-Song: MY SHIP
315pm – Working-With-A-Song: JOLENE (Dolly Parton cover) – FULLY BOOKED

Thurs 1st July
2pm – Working-With-A-Song: TANGERINE
315pm – Working-With-A-Song: I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME (Bonnie Raitt cover)
630pm – Working-With-A-Song: SECRET LOVE

Sat 3rd July
3pm – SCATTING:Improvising over a blues
415pm – Working-With-A-Song: A CASE OF YOU (Joni Mitchell cover) – Fully Booked

WORKING-WITH-A-SONG MASTERCLASSES – 60 mins, max 3 students, £20, led by Sophie Bancroft.
Using one of the great jazz standards we will examine vocal technique, phrasing, tempo and groove. Individual singing sections. I encourage participants to use IReal Pro backing tracks and I will also accompany with guitar during parts of the workshop.

Scatting: Improvising Over a 12 Bar Blues Masterclass – 60 mins, max 3 students, £20, led by Sophie Bancroft.
We will work with a 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.
Any questions about any of the workshops or to book please contact Sophie by email

MUSIC THEORY FOR JAZZ SINGERS – Chapter One – 90 mins, Maximum 10 students, £20,
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.

MUSIC THEORY FOR JAZZ SINGERS – Chapter Two – 90 mins, Maximum 10 students, £20,
led by Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne. The first half of the session will examine fundamentals of jazz theory that are relevant to jazz singers including modes, 2-5-1s etc, 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. If you are not confident with music theory we recommend that you attend the Chapter One class before attending Chapter Two.

Any questions about any of the workshops or to book please contact Sophie by email

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.”