Vocal Play & Improvisation
Thursdays 7-8 pm via Zoom – January 14 – March 18, 2021
You’ll find no better playing ground for life, for being in community than improvisation. You may gain an insight or two about yourself, and how you navigate unexpected situations. Useful skill to have these days!!! You will find music coming out of your mouth that you didn’t even know lived inside of you. And all you’ve gotta do is toss any judgements and have fun with it!!! This is an hour packed with vocal play.
We will explore themes like following and leading, form and freedom, getting attached to ideas and letting go, surrendering, showing generosity… All through making shit up. Dive and get to know the waters.
We’ve written many blog posts about how vocal improv is such a powerful reminder how easy it is to create beauty with strangers. In minutes. How simple it is to have fun with people you’ve never met before. You don’t have to know each other to support each other. Vocal improv is a great teacher for knowing when to take charge and when to support someone else’s lead.
Class size is limited to 12 participants so you will get a lot of individual attention, and we all have lots of opportunities to sing in duos and trios (yes that can be done on zoom!) As long as you can toss your judgment out the window, you’ll have a blast in this class. Sign up now.
Build Your Vocal Improvisation Skills In a
Supportive, Totally Safe Space for Vocal Play
Imagine this: You’re standing in the middle of a circle of adoring people who are hanging on your every gesture. You don’t know what you’re going to sing; you don’t even know what your voice is going to sound like or how long you’ll be there.
There’s the moment of silence.
The anticipation builds, and then … you open your mouth, and music just flows out.
It might be a little halting, at first. You might be a little afraid to trust it, a little worried, because you don’t know what comes next. You’re no longer totally in control of your voice; it seems to take on a flow of its own, and surprisingly, joyfully, you realize that you don’t have to be in control of it. All you have to do is stand there and let the music show up.
Vocal improv is one of the most joyful,
transformative experiences you can have.
Is it scary when you first do it? Sometimes. Is it absolutely, 100% worth it? Always.
And what better place to start playing around with improv than the most supportive, friendliest, encouraging singing group around?
Come join Sing Portland! for vocal improv classes and you’ll learn the building blocks of music, in a totally safe space for vocal play, and get the chance to improv with partners that will love and support whatever you do.
“First you sing one note, and then you sing the next.”
– Bobby McFerrin
- You’re in good hands. I’ve spent years learning improv and circle singing from the best, including Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, and Joey Blake, plus I’m also a trained singer, choir director, cellist, drummer, and music therapist, so I’ve got the chops, the experience, and the love to keep you feeling safe and happy as you start playing with your voice.
- You cannot mess this up. Seriously, it’s impossible to do this wrong. As long as you show up, open your mouth, and some form of sound comes out, you’re doing it right.
- You’ve got the full support of a group that is going to be delighted with whatever comes out of your mouth. Generosity is the goal of all vocal improv, so when you step into this room, you’re stepping into a circle of support the likes of which you’ve probably never experienced before.
My teachers: Joey Blake, Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon
With Bobby McFerrin at Omega Cirlce Songs 2017
What to expect in a vocal improv session:
You’ll learn integrative, fun exercises that help you understand the building blocks and vocabulary of improvisation. We’re not just going to throw you up on stage and expect you to start belting it.
Once you’ve got a few basics down (and you’ll pick it up must faster than you’d think), you’ll have lots of choices for starting or contributing to vocal play! Whether you’re taking the lead and starting a circle song of your own, singing an improvised duet, or providing background vocals to another singer, you’ll soon start to notice that you start to grow your improv skills, become a more conscious singer, and start really being able to let the music flow through you.
Vocal improv really has to be experienced to be fully understood –– but once you give it a try, I know you’ll be hooked!