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Soul/Jazz/Gospel Vocals Improvers | Goldsmiths University

Goldsmiths, University of London

Monday, 3 October 2016 at 18:30 - Monday, 12 December 2016 at 19:30 (BST)

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This course is for students who have some singing experience (are not beginners) have a rough understanding of how their voice works and want to build their confidence and or improve their singing.

The class is designed to suit the individual needs of the participants who are required to decide what it is that they would like to take from the 10 week process.

The tutor Brenda Rattray focusses on the chosen area of their development for the duration of the course and also highlights small adjustments that can be made to improve technique or performance style.

The aim of this class is to develop expressive performers who are: 

  • Totally grounded
  • Able to deliver a consistent performance
  • Be comfortable within themselves
  • Emotionally connected/engaged and confident
  • Able to learn to take risks within a creative, positive group
  • Able to embrace the fact that singing is a journey and there is good learning to be had even when things do not go the way we planned.
  • Able to get out of their ‘technical heads’ and explore expressing freely.

In addition to your area of focus the class will work together on the following:


During this 10 week performance course we will explore different styles of music - Gospel, Soul and Jazz and also develop an understanding of the social, historical or political environments of the artists that we study to get an understanding of how their environment has affected/enhanced their performance.

  • Self development/Personal development
  • You will be required to reflect on the journey of studied artists and think about how that relates to you:
  • Your musical journey
  • Why you sing
  • The role that music plays in your life.

You have the flexibility to choose a song for your final performance. You are free to work on original compositions or standard repertoire as part of this process we will explore how you connect with yourself, your music, your musicians, your peer group and your audiences and thus learn how to develop your own musical identity.

You will be given precise and specific feedback to inform your continued learning.


As well as exploring vocal technique, breathing, posture, articulation and dynamics we will also look at anything else that helps students to develop the technical ability needed to perform their songs at the end of the course.

Students also develop their understanding of the technical language of music

Communication/Presentation skills

We will work together on exploring how we communicate as creative artists. Looking at posture, movement, stage presence, eye contact and microphone technique.

We also offer:

Backing tracks for you to practice with Backing tracks come at a cost that is additional to the cost of this course.

This is a ten-week short course with weekly Wednesday sessions at 6:30-8:30pm.

The course dates are: 

Monday 3 October - Monday 12th December 2016

Do you have questions about Soul/Jazz/Gospel Vocals Improvers | Goldsmiths University? Contact Goldsmiths, University of London

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Goldsmiths University
New Cross
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

Monday, 3 October 2016 at 18:30 - Monday, 12 December 2016 at 19:30 (BST)

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Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, known for its excellence in creative and cultural arts, humanities and social sciences, is launching an exciting range of adult education and short training courses, giving busy people the chance to work towards new opportunities and a more fulfilling future. We are presenting a diverse, new range of evening and weekend courses, taught by the same experts that teach our ground-breaking degree programmes. This is a chance for you to get a taste of the challenging courses that has made our graduates so successful in creative, cultural and business communities.

So whether you want to learn a new career skill, enhance your job prospects or just discover a new hobby, and at the same time develop your networks, then our short courses are a great opportunity to enrich your life and join the vibrant learning community at a world-class university.

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