Even if those who are familiar with Western rock music see it as uncool,
I play music that is truly born from within me.
Otherwise, I would be too embarrassed to appear in public.
(Words by Eikichi Yazawa)
Imitation doesn't work in New York.
Not just in jazz, music is a tool to express one's personality.
If you crush your personality and imitate, you won't reach the hearts of the audience.
However, if the tool is rusty, you can't move. Jazz as a tool to convey your heart to the audience.
This school has everything you need to polish the tool called jazz.
Jazz vocal lessons start with warm-up vocalization at the beginning of
the class. Afterwards, we proceed to rhythm training and simple solfège
for reading aloud music scores, or scat practice using sheet music to get
a little familiar with reading them.
Then, with almost the same sensation as a jazz vocalist singing on stage, we move on to lessons on jazz repertoire accompanied by the teacher's piano.
As the teacher will accompany you on the piano in an environment similar to a live performance, the lessons are designed to visualize the live stage in your head even while you're in the classroom.
You can enjoy lessons from beginners focusing on standard jazz numbers (All Of Me, Autumn Leaves, Fly Me To The Moon, and many others) to those aiming for professionals. *You can choose your favorite songs, and almost all jazz numbers can be covered in the lessons.
Also, pronunciation in English is particularly important for jazz vocals. Ｗhen you actually sing with a microphone in a live performance, all the pronunciation comes through that big speaker.
Even if you can sing well, it's not good if there's a problem with your English pronunciation, so we also provide pronunciation guidance in the lessons.
As jazz vocal lessons are private, you can have your lessons accompanied by the teacher's piano at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere until you are satisfied with the song you want to do.
Furthermore, we also provide instruction on how to create scores and the know-how to create your own accompaniment scores. We teach in detail, incorporating jazz theory, so you can create your own accompaniment scores suited to your voice at any time, without having to rely on others for score creation (charged).
For those who can sing to some extent and have a repertoire, the focus of the lessons becomes rehearsal lessons, where you decide on the repertoire of songs, key, tempo, style, etc., and increase your repertoire more than ever before.
In the lessons, you can always simulate a live performance, checking the pitch of your own song for the actual performance.
We provide guidance so that everyone from beginners who are singing jazz for the first time to professionals who are in a slump can correspond to their respective levels and personalities, not only improve their level but also enjoy singing jazz.
Q1: I've never sung jazz before...
In the vocal lessons, before singing the song, we always read the English lyrics of the song and the teacher plays the melody on the piano in a way that is easy to understand. The teacher alternates between playing the accompaniment and melody line along with the song, so you can master the song before you know it.
Q2: I want to sing jazz, but I don't seem to improve even if I listen to CDs and practice by myself.
Even if you're singing jazz alone, it can take time to get the hang of jazz's groove and feeling. If you sing while feeling the rhythm and harmony of jazz in your ears with the teacher's piano accompaniment full of jazz harmony, you will naturally be able to sing jazz.
Q3: It's my very first time singing a song.
At first, we'll get you used to using your voice by doing basic vocal exercises, reading simple scores, rhythm training, and more. We guide you note by note, starting from songs that are easy to sing, so as long as you like to sing, you'll be fine!
Q4: I always struggle with high or low notes.
There are several techniques such as effective vocal exercises. As you practice, you will come to recognize when your high and low voice is coming out solidly and when it's not. We will always remind you of the state when your voice is sounding good during the lessons, so you can produce a stable voice.
Q5: English pronunciation seems difficult.
Before singing the song, we always provide pronunciation guidance, especially for those who are not good at English pronunciation or reading, starting from difficult words, one word at a time. After reading the lyrics, let's master it little by little by putting it on the melody with the teacher's jazz piano accompaniment.
Q6: I lack a sense of rhythm. Can I improve it?
We incorporate rhythm training at the beginning of every lesson, but the important thing is to actually sing while experiencing live jazz music. During the lessons, you will experience jazz's unique swing feeling and groove while feeling the actual jazz rhythm and accompaniment with the piano.
Q7: I aim to be a professional.
For those who can already sing to a certain extent and have a repertoire, the rehearsal lessons will focus on increasing your song repertoire more than ever and determining the key of the songs rapidly. Simulation lessons close to the actual performance where you can check the pitch of your song for the performance are possible.
Q8: I'm not sure how to write a score for an accompaniment that matches my vocal range.
In the lessons, we also instruct on how to create scores and how to create your own accompaniment scores. We teach you in detail, mixing in jazz theory, so that you can create an accompaniment score that suits your voice at any time, without having to rely on others for score creation.
Q9: Are there recitals?
There are no recitals. Unlike other genres of music, jazz has impromptu jam sessions regularly held by each live house, so when your singing ability reaches a certain level, you can freely participate and constantly test your performance ability in real situations, thereby improving your skills. In the vocal lessons, the teacher performs the piano accompaniment in an environment similar to a real live performance, and while in the classroom, we conduct lessons that allow you to imagine the live simulation in your mind.
Combination course recommendation
The combination course is a course where you can take two subjects at the
same time in one 60-minute lesson.
For example, jazz vocal and jazz piano courses can be divided into the first half and the second half of the lesson time and taken in one lesson at the same time.
It can be said that this course is ideal for those who do not have a lot of time, or for those who want to experience as much musical education as possible in a short time.