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Sound & Song For Health & Creativity

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ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool) , ALL TIMES ARE BASED ON PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME

2 Saturdays, July 23 and August 6, 11 am - 2 pm

Science has revealed the many health benefits of using music, sound, and singing to lower stress, boost immunity, enhance lung function, improve memory, reduce inflammation, and aid creativity and meditation. This two-part workshop will explore scientific studies in this area, combined with relevant teachings and our own individual and collaborative contributions. We will explore how music for the body, mind, and spirit can help us fulfill our inner potential, soothe and relax, or transport us to inner realms of consciousness. The singing voice is an important part of this journey, in combination with other instruments and songs that lift us up in times of pain, grief, fear, or struggle. No musical experience is required.

$150 for 2 parts / July 23rd & August 6

3 Wednesdays: February 23, March 9 & 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm PST With vocalist/educator Ellen Johnson.

Today singers are embracing an expansive catalog of popular songs from a variety of genres for use in performance. Everything from the Beatles, Sondheim, Stevie Wonder and original compositions from current jazz composers are being included. This 3-part workshop explores new repertoire introducing contemporary rhythmic, harmonic, and structural ideas while reflecting each individual’s voice. Song suggestions will be offered and all participants will individually prepare a song for each workshop session using backing tracks and recording.

$275 for all 3 workshops

Featuring: Grammy award-winning producer and author Jeff Weber with vocalist/educator Ellen Johnson.

Revealing the biggest lies of the music industry and how this knowledge can help you navigate a career in music. Topics covered include everything from the advantages and disadvantages of major and independent labels, post-recording strategies, the key to longevity, elevating your career, songwriting tips, the importance of fans, and more! This is an opportunity to get advice and learn about the pitfalls of the music business from two seasoned professionals.

$75 Advance Registration

Research shows that music has a positive effect on emotional well-being, memory, health and creativity. Join this 2-part workshop as we explore music and sound that elicit feelings, memories, body sensations, ideas, and activism as a community. We will listen, share and participate in creating music that lifts our spirits and connects us to our inner landscape as we navigate through the holiday season.

"Especially now, in times when people are feeling sad, stressed and isolated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people should definitely turn to music to better their mental well-being,” - GCBH Executive Director Sarah Lenz Lock, AARP's senior vice president for policy.

"We've found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health-care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics," says Levitin, author of the book "This is Your Brain on Music" (Plume/Penguin, 2007). The analysis also points to just how music influences health. The researchers found that listening to and playing music increase the body's production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells — the cells that attack invading viruses and boost the immune system's effectiveness. Music also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “This is one reason why music is associated with relaxation," Levitin says. – from Music As Medicine by Amy Novotney, American Psychological Association

$30 per person

Research shows that music has a positive effect on emotional well-being, memory, health and creativity. Join this 2-part workshop as we explore music and sound that elicit feelings, memories, body sensations, ideas, and activism as a community. We will listen, share and participate in creating music that lifts our spirits and connects us to our inner landscape as we navigate through the holiday season.

"Especially now, in times when people are feeling sad, stressed and isolated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people should definitely turn to music to better their mental well-being,” - GCBH Executive Director Sarah Lenz Lock, AARP's senior vice president for policy.

"We've found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health-care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics," says Levitin, author of the book "This is Your Brain on Music" (Plume/Penguin, 2007). The analysis also points to just how music influences health. The researchers found that listening to and playing music increase the body's production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells — the cells that attack invading viruses and boost the immune system's effectiveness. Music also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “This is one reason why music is associated with relaxation," Levitin says. – from Music As Medicine by Amy Novotney, American Psychological Association

$30 per person

Nov2

MEETS: November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. This 5 week class focuses on musicianship and performance. The instructor will provide recommendations for improving vocal technique and help students develop a deeper understanding of the nuts and bolts of song form, charts, keys, musicianship, and vocal performance through targeted exercises and practice suggestions. Each week students will sing a song of their choice in any genre with a track or pre-recorded songs to play in class.

Open to all levels and styles of singing.

$200 for 5 weeks

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic Joni Mitchell masterpiece, Blue, this workshop will delve into the creativity and evolution of Joni Mitchell’s innovative compositions. Considered one of the most important composers of our time, Mitchell has blessed us with her emotionally honest and often prophetic lyrics along with an advanced harmonic sense that found her in the company of iconic musicians like Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, and Pat Metheny.

Part 1 (10/16): Exploring the music of Joni Mitchell through the years and examining her evolution from folk, jazz, and other influences. Special attention will be given to her harmonic approach and poetic form as a lyricist. Part 1 will primarily be listening and discussion with in-depth conversation about her contributions as a respected and honored musical artist.

Part 2 (11/7): Exploring Joni Mitchell songs recorded by other artists through the years including dedication recordings such as River: The Joni Letters (Herbie Hancock), After Blue (Tierney Sutton), Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light (Laurie Antonioli) and A Tribute to Joni Mitchell (various artists).

Singers attending the workshop who would like to share their interpretations are welcome to submit a single recording of a Joni Mitchell song they feel expresses their unique interpretation for possible inclusion. Contact Ellen Johnson at: https://ellenjohnson.net/contact to submit your selection.

$50 for one workshop / $100 for both Part 1 & 2

2 PART WORKSHOP Saturdays October 9 & 23 Noon to 3 PM

Part 1 - Bossa Nova & Samba Part 2 - Contemporary song styles

FEATURING: Brazilian Recording Artist - Ana GazzolaAna Gazzola is a seasoned professional singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. She is best known for her partnership with recording artist, Sonia Santos, performing in their group Brasil Brazil and creating Yellow Green Productions/Recording. Ana has shared the stage with Diana Krall, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Sergio Mendez, João Bôsco, Elba Ramalho, Moraes Moreira and others. In 2004 and 2006 she received the International Brazilian Press Award and 2017 she was the winner of the International Brazilian Press Award for best Brazilian CD release in the USA for "UrbAna

$150 for 2 parts / $75 for 1 Part only (please specify which workshop you will be attending)

Aug4

Accelerated Vocal Skills

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

This class will boost both vocal technique and musicianship, while providing singers with necessary performance tools. We will be moving rapidly; every week, each student will provide a recorded version of a song from any genre with an accompaniment track (or self-accompaniment) for review. Recommendations will be given from a qualified professional on how to improve range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, register coordination, and musicianship through targeted exercises and other suggestions.

$275 for 6 weeks

Aug3

Jazz Singing Basics

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

Learn to sing jazz or improve upon your current ability. We will cover a variety of topics including selecting keys, counting off songs, choosing songs, understanding various rhythmic feels, song form, intros, and endings, ear training exercises, introduction to improvisation, communicating with a jazz rhythm section, phrasing, and interpretation. Singers will learn a few typical jazz songs and be asked to prepare at least one using an accompaniment track with approval from the instructor.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul28

Accelerated Vocal Skills

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

This class will boost both vocal technique and musicianship, while providing singers with necessary performance tools. We will be moving rapidly; every week, each student will provide a recorded version of a song from any genre with an accompaniment track (or self-accompaniment) for review. Recommendations will be given from a qualified professional on how to improve range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, register coordination, and musicianship through targeted exercises and other suggestions.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul27

Jazz Singing Basics

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

Learn to sing jazz or improve upon your current ability. We will cover a variety of topics including selecting keys, counting off songs, choosing songs, understanding various rhythmic feels, song form, intros, and endings, ear training exercises, introduction to improvisation, communicating with a jazz rhythm section, phrasing, and interpretation. Singers will learn a few typical jazz songs and be asked to prepare at least one using an accompaniment track with approval from the instructor.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul21

Accelerated Vocal Skills

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

This class will boost both vocal technique and musicianship, while providing singers with necessary performance tools. We will be moving rapidly; every week, each student will provide a recorded version of a song from any genre with an accompaniment track (or self-accompaniment) for review. Recommendations will be given from a qualified professional on how to improve range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, register coordination, and musicianship through targeted exercises and other suggestions.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul20

Jazz Singing Basics

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

Learn to sing jazz or improve upon your current ability. We will cover a variety of topics including selecting keys, counting off songs, choosing songs, understanding various rhythmic feels, song form, intros, and endings, ear training exercises, introduction to improvisation, communicating with a jazz rhythm section, phrasing, and interpretation. Singers will learn a few typical jazz songs and be asked to prepare at least one using an accompaniment track with approval from the instructor.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul14

Accelerated Vocal Skills

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

This class will boost both vocal technique and musicianship, while providing singers with necessary performance tools. We will be moving rapidly; every week, each student will provide a recorded version of a song from any genre with an accompaniment track (or self-accompaniment) for review. Recommendations will be given from a qualified professional on how to improve range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, register coordination, and musicianship through targeted exercises and other suggestions.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul13

Jazz Singing Basics

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

Learn to sing jazz or improve upon your current ability. We will cover a variety of topics including selecting keys, counting off songs, choosing songs, understanding various rhythmic feels, song form, intros, and endings, ear training exercises, introduction to improvisation, communicating with a jazz rhythm section, phrasing, and interpretation. Singers will learn a few typical jazz songs and be asked to prepare at least one using an accompaniment track with approval from the instructor.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul7

Accelerated Vocal Skills

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

This class will boost both vocal technique and musicianship, while providing singers with necessary performance tools. We will be moving rapidly; every week, each student will provide a recorded version of a song from any genre with an accompaniment track (or self-accompaniment) for review. Recommendations will be given from a qualified professional on how to improve range, pitch, vocal quality, breath support, articulation, register coordination, and musicianship through targeted exercises and other suggestions.

$275 for 6 weeks

Jul6

Jazz Singing Basics

ONLINE ZOOM through the California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool)

Learn to sing jazz or improve upon your current ability. We will cover a variety of topics including selecting keys, counting off songs, choosing songs, understanding various rhythmic feels, song form, intros, and endings, ear training exercises, introduction to improvisation, communicating with a jazz rhythm section, phrasing, and interpretation. Singers will learn a few typical jazz songs and be asked to prepare at least one using an accompaniment track with approval from the instructor.

$275 for 6 weeks