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Jazz Singing 1 (Beginners)

Course Description

Jazz gave birth to a totally new concept of the voice being used as an instrument in which singers express themselves by scatting around. This genre made famous some of the finest singers ever, from Frank Sinatra to Bobby McFerrin, from Billie Holyday to Rachelle Ferrell and on this course, you will discover more about their vocal abilities. Singers will be guided to develop a healthy vocal routine with techniques and tips to enhance your singing through structured exercises.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

Singers must be able to pitch notes correctly played from a piano / guitar and must demonstrate solid previous experience in singing. Bring a bottle of water and something to take notes with. You can audio-record bringing your own devices. However, no video recording is allowed. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress. And, of course, do not forget to bring your enthusiasm!

Course Content

We will explore songs and vocal improvisation and prepare to perform in groups and on your own. Jazz is fun, classy and rough, elegant and crazy, tender and harsh, simply the perfect mix for singing. A great course to challenge yourself and improve your singing. You will learn: warm-up and vocal technique activities / exercises, rhythm etudes, scat singing, phrasing and musical variations, exploring Jazz vocal styles. Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10-weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the early bird discount.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through, practical activities, group exercises and peer assessment, listening and analysis, demonstration and discussion, use of supporting online materials, individual practice, use of ILT and continuous assessment. There is no homework associated with the sessions but please do discuss extension activities with your tutor.

Independent Learning

You will be expected to work independently to develop your practical singing skills. The focus should be on vocal practice but may also include researching material to perform and developing an understanding of basic music theory.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Qualification you will achieve

This is a non-accredited course but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Upon successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to accredited courses at Level 1, progress to other singing classes or perform in ensembles at WMC.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572