Levels 3 and 4 – Course Content

Voice, Creativity and Integration
– Working with the voice; coming fully into the resonant body; setting your voice free; clear, strong, healthy, and beautifully your own.
– Through collaborative and solo improvisation, dropping fear and restrictions, and allowing the creative river to flow. This is a journey.
– Improvising with words;
– Integrated Expressive Practice – using sound, movement and language to express profound truths in creative and resonant ways
– Integrating the conscious study of rhythm, harmony and melody into free flowing musicianship.
– Sound healing.
– Reflection and daring, in sane steps, to grow in the world as a musician, in whatever ways your core longs for.

Rhythm
– Becoming more and more able to play with highly rhythmically complex vocal improvisation
– Working with polyrhythm, odd-meter and 16th note / semiquaver patterns. Being increasingly able to create patterns using these dimensions of rhythm, and to create interlocking patterns with others in increasingly fascinating and funky ways.
– Reading and writing rhythmic notation (if this works for the group; I am not committed to teaching this if people are in radically different places with this)
– Singing whilst playing drum, shaker, or other instrument, with increasing rhythmic sophistication; improvisational vocal freedom while you hold it very steady on another instrument.

Harmony
– Becoming increasingly sophisticated in your ability to improvise with others harmonically.
– Voicings and inversions with major and minor chords + 4th,6th,7th, 9th notes: hearing, recognising and vocally producing chords, voicings and inversions in ensemble
– Harmonic ear training with all chords and progressions in diatonic major and minor.
(We will not cover non-diatonic, modulation, augmented/ diminished chords and negative harmony this year.)

Tone, Agility, Melody, Mode
– Becoming more precise, clear and calm when your voice hits this and that note. Being able to land clearly and increasingly quickly onto notes across a range of intervals, including augmented and diminished intervals; using major and minor scales, the chromatic scale, pentatonic scales, the blues scale, and some modes.
– Transcribing jazz solos by ear
– Memorising at least one Bach prelude as agility exercise
– Improvising in various modes
– Cultivating the deep quality of your vocal tone and its maintenance across increasingly deft agility.