Jazz Summer Course
August dates for 2024 will be announced in a few days!!
"I have learned about things I wasn't expecting to learn about. The warmth of the environment encouraged me to push myself to try new things. It has more than met my expectations." -Nell
"The course took me from amateur to being able to perform in a professional manner, in less than a week. Emilia was professional, creative, and incredibly supportive of all her students on the course, getting to know each of us individually and developing us in our own direction. Best thing I've ever done in my life" -Alice
The way she taught us, as individual voices, within a beautifully held, supportive group space, touched me deeply, as well as helped to develop many concrete new skills, in a very short time. Each day was filled with a mixture of warmth, practical guidance, discipline and precision, fun, hard work, creative imagination, and a lot of humanity. -Malka
About the course:
The course is aimed at singers of an intermediate to advanced level and is designed to move singers forward, whether they are in the midst of their musical career or embarking on one.
The main focus of the course is to help singers become better-equipped musicians and bandleaders as well as advance in their vocal abilities whilst delving into standard and contemporary jazz repertoire and deepening their understanding of the jazz approach.
Expect a well-structured week that offers a wide variety of masterclasses and workshops which are grounded in the view that Jazz is an approach to music, as well as a broad genre. This approach helps us to develop the skill set for making musical decisions in the moment and guides us toward trusting and improving our musical instincts.
Students are encouraged to explore the 'jazz approach' aligned with their own unique influences and musical references.
The course offers regular performance opportunities where you as a student, get the chance to perform together with highly acclaimed professional jazz musicians. The week leads up to a final concert where each singer performs two songs in front of a live audience in the local square of Izola.
DOES THIS COURSE SOUND LIKE IT'S FOR YOU?
Are you a singer who would like to develop your skills as a bandleader and performer and work together with professional jazz musicians?
Would you like to explore vocal improvisation and improve your ability in trusting your musical instincts and become skillful in how you communicate your musical ideas in rehearsals and on stage?
Do you sometimes feel stuck within your repertoire and strive towards becoming more expressive and imaginative in how you approach your songs?
Do you often feel inferior around instrumentalists and therefore would like to advance your overall musicianship skills as a singer?
Do you want to spend an intense week playing with and learning from professional jazz musicians and get the opportunity to perform for a live audience?
We look forward to hearing from you!
See the drop-down menu for the course outline and how to apply.
Play with highly acclaimed professional musicians
To get to the next level in our own playing we need to play with other musicians who are at the next level.
Our rhythm section always consists of some of the leading players on the European jazz scene. Together we make sure to create a friendly and safe environment for our students, We want you to feel supported whilst encouraging you to go outside of your comfort zone to try out new ways of approaching improvisation, interpretation, arranging, and performing.
Jam sessions and concerts
Most evenings will be spent inside the Manzioli Wine bar or outside on the local square performing and exploring what we've learned in the day within a live situation, with a live accompaniment, in front of a live audience.
The locals of Izola LOVE to come and support all the Beyond Vocals students and the course has become a highlight event in this small amazing fishing town.
This session will be an introduction to jazz harmony where we'll explore the relationship between lyrics, melody, and harmony. You will be given tools and templates on how to learn a song from the inside and out and tools on how to practice internalising the harmonic structure of a song to create more freedom in your singing,
Circle singing and vocal masterclasses
After we've enjoyed our obligatory coffee on sunny Manzioli square, we start our morning sessions with a vocal warm-up routine followed by a vocal workout. We explore posture, breath, vowel modification, optimisation of resonance, vocal placement and so much more. The focus is THE VOICE in these sessions and together, through circle singing and vocal improvisation, we go exploring new ways in how to express ourselves freely without any boundaries.
Join a community of amazing singers.
The week is an opportunity to meet new like-minded people and great singers from all over the world. During the week we'll be enjoying beautiful meals together at some of the local restaurants, picnics by the sea, and of course, the annual boat trip where we grab a guitar and sail out to serenade the sunset together accompanied by local wine and food.
Izola is an old fishing town in SouthWestern Slovenia on the Adriatic coast of the Istrian peninsula. There is an energy here that is hard to describe, and it is a perfect place for relaxation and creativity. The locals of Izola are magical creatures who embrace the Beyond Vocals students every year with open arms and love to visit all the many jam sessions and concerts we present on the local square during the week.