Class held Sundays February 24 and March 3, 2:30-5:30pm
Schedule: 2 sessions
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total)
Prerequisite: Foundation 1
Do you sing well in the shower but as soon as you're in front of people, mysteriously clam up and lose you ability to sing at all? Or have you been told that you're 'tone deaf' and can't carry a tune? Or maybe you'd like to take an improv singing class but are just a little intimidated to jump in for the first time and find you've been putting it off? If any of these ring a bell with you sign up for "Improv Singing, Step One" and learn some specific techniques for breaking through and starting to have fun with improv singing.
This two session class is taught by both David Norfleet and Patricia Pearson. Patricia teaches the parts that help you with leaving your reluctance about singing behind, by giving you specific things to do with your breath and body and before we do that we focus a little on human anatomy to get a feel for what's really going on when we sing and speak, so we can focus on 'what to do' rather than 'how do I hit that note'. We do this by looking at pictures of the vocal tract in the first part of the class for a few minutes before the vocal work begins, then gradually the focus shifts to David to teach the improv singing part. In, Improv Singing: Step 1, students are encouraged to make sound but they are not pushed to do anything they don't want to do. The focus is on singing as a group, not solo.
In the first session we introduce the group to the basics and in the second session we build on that foundation and provide a place to review, practice and continue the fun!
The idea for this two session class is to open the doors to the fun of improv singing while minimizing the discomfort most of us feel when first starting to sing in a room with other people.
Reviews from Patricia and David's 1-session class:
"This was a marvelous class! It was a perfect intro level because it focused on getting comfortable with our bodies, learning to produce sound naturally without straining."
"I liked the group dynamic that Patricia and David created. It was a really collaborative experience that made me feel comfortable exploring new territory. "
"This was a great intro to improvised singing. I have little to no singing experience, and I liked that this class was not intimidating but taught us useful fundamentals for vocal wam-ups, singing as a group, and how to craft an improvised song. Plus, it was a ton of fun!"
"Improvised singing with David Norfleet and Patricia Pearson was great! They work well together to support breathing and singing techniques and to build the muscle memory. Their approach really simplified what it means to improvise singing. It helped us build confidence. We were all singing and smiling by the end of the class. The class was a lot of fun. Plus, we all got to experience the fun and joy of singing on stage. "
About Patricia Pearson:
Patricia has been improvising for over ten years, she first started with Sue Walden's Improv Works where she met David Norfleet as her improv singing teacher, and experienced Improv singing and loved it! When Improv Works stopped offering classes Patricia moved to BATS Improv where she has taken classes with every coach there and continued taking just about every improv singing class that was offered.
Improv in all it's forms has been life changing for her.
As an adolescent Patricia was accepted as a student to attend the prestigious High School of Performing Arts in New York City where she grew up but she was too shy to attend. Improv has changed all that! The sensitivity is still there but the fear of getting up on stage and performing is gone and been replaced with excitement and joy!
Patricia was introduced to the Fitzmaurice Voice Work® about eight years ago and was so struck by it's benefits that she earned a certification as an assistant coach and is working on the next level. This work teaches performers how to use their body for better singing and speaking on and off stage. It opens performers up to emotional connection and allows their physical and emotional voice to be heard. This is accomplished by learning ways to manage the intensity of being in the spotlight on or off stage.
Techniques and ideas from this work is what Patricia is bringing to Improv singing at BATS.
BATS Improv Class Refund Policy:
Your class tuition includes a non-refundable deposit equal to 20% of your payment.
If you have registered for a class and decide you want to drop that class AT LEAST 14 DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS SESSION, you may choose to receive a refund for the amount of the class minus your non-refundable deposit OR you may choose to reapply your payment IN FULL to another BATS class.
Classes dropped 4-13 days before the start of the class are not eligible for the re-application of full payment to another class. You may either reapply your payment (minus the applicable deposit) or receive a partial refund. This option is not available for those enrolled in summer intensives or youth/teen camps.
Regular classes/workshops dropped within 72 hours of the first class session, or summer intensives and youth/teen camps dropped within two weeks of the first session, are not eligible for either re-application or any refund.