The Jazz Vocalist’s Workshop

The Jazz Vocalist's Workshop is where people experiment with their own ideas of how to present a song combining all the freedom and flexibility inherit in jazz with their own natural and unique expression. We offer the opportunity to develop your ability to alter melody, phrasing (note placement), rhythmic feel, and how to deliver lyrics particular to your own individual interpretation. Conducted in groups and led by experienced vocal coaches, the workshop is a highly interactive and fun learning environment.

The way it works is very simple. Before you come to the workshop you choose a song from an extensive list of high quality jazz standards and memorise the melody and lyrics. Then at the workshop you are taught how to communicate to a live band the tempo and rhythmic feel, you perform your song and after your performance there is a critique from your peers before additional coaching from the workshop leader. After all that you will have an opportunity to immediately include the feedback into your performance and bring those new ideas into play.

Our commitment is to be authentic with students and to support them in creating the song in their own way. Whether you are a beginner or experienced vocalist the approach is designed to be direct and appropriate to each individual's ability.

Additional subjects covered: music theory, stage craft, repertoire selection, professional conduct, and how to effectively lead a live band.
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Referrals from past and present students:
"The Jazz Vocalist's Workshop provided me with a constructive and encouraging environment to hone my skills as a jazz vocalist. They always offer students useful ideas and invaluable knowledge!" - Jackie Y, Masters of Music with an emphasis in vocal jazz performance, University of Texas

"I just want to say a big thank you, Pete, for leading me to the journey of jazz singing. You've brought to the workshop with your profound knowledge and many years of experience in jazz singing. You have an innate ability to inspire and motivate vocal students. I recently had my first gig. I no longer had the fright or to prove myself but more focused to connect with the audience. You're indeed my greatest mentor on jazz singing." - Lucas L, Regional Sales Manager

Anyone can claim to be a singer but not every singer is aware of what it takes to be a performer.  Pete is most generous with his time and wealth of experience as a jazz vocalist which he shares freely in the workshop. The process has brought so much freedom to the way I can interpret and dissect a song. Karen L. Communications Consultant

The jazz vocalist workshop has been the most profound experience on my journey to become a jazz vocalist. Pete has managed to bring the jazz vocalist out of me and I am so grateful for his many lessons. His lifelong experience with music and his generosity in sharing his thoughts, techniques and opinions has created a unique opportunity in Hong Kong for jazz vocalists. The workshop is a safe place where we can improve our performance skills, be vulnerable, encouraged and not judged. Pete has been great in creating an environment where we are supported by our peers to continue our personal journey with the development of our musical skills. Isabelle D, Author.