Master Class

Master Class

What is a Master Class?

 The Master Class is where students perform songs in front of an audience of fellow students, friends and family, in a warm and friendly environment. Whether beginner or advanced, each “Performing Student” will receive feedback from Pro Singer, TEDx Speaker and Voice Coach - Carolyn T, on how to improve technique, performance and stage presence.

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Details:

Saturday October 14, 2017 1:30PM - 3:30PM
The Silver Mill 10 Dawes Rd, Toronto, ON M4C 5A7 (map)

  • Student Performers - $75 each
  • Audience members - $10 each

Limited Spots Available!

Ready to Sign Up?

  1. Complete registration process
    • registration deadline is Saturday October 7, 2017
  2. Send fee via email money transfer to carolyntband@gmail.com or pay by Visa or MasterCard
    • Due to the number of attendees, payment can no longer accepted at the door
  3. IMPORTANT!!! Read confirmation email for preparation/sheet music instructions! (Video Tutorial Below)
  4. See you there!
Master Class

With Special Guest, Gavin Hope!

Juno Nominated Solo recording artist and actor for both stage and screen, and member of the iconic Canadian Pop A Cappella group, The Nylons.

Do I need any experience? Nope
Do I have to be perfect? Heck no

What to Bring?

  • Sheet music and/or Mp3 player
  • Water
  • Good sense of humour
  • Your voice 😉

What's New?

 Themes:

  • From now on every Master Class will have a theme.
  • Suggestions are always welcome!
  • The theme for October 14 is: Storytelling

Themes can be interpreted any way that you want when you perform your song. For example ...Storytelling:

  • the word "storytelling" can be in the song or...
  • the song can be a story or...
  • the song reminds you of a story ....etc.

Be creative! Keep it simple 🙂

Solo, Duo or Trio?

Now, if you want, you can connect with fellow students and perform your songs as a duo or trio!

  • Each song performed as a duo or trio counts as one of your two songs whether you sing backups or lead
  • If you want, you may book a private session as a group to practice. If you purchase(d) a package of private one-on-one sessions then you may use one of those sessions toward your group session.
  • Prep rules still apply
  • Keep it simple

IMPORTANT! How to prep for the Master Class:

  1. Please choose 2x songs you would like to sing.
    1. Song #1 with piano accompaniment (mandatory)
    2. Song#2 with piano accompaniment or karaoke track
    3. Each song can be up to 3.5 min long, maximum
    4. Your first song is for the Feedback Round and if there is enough time, you can sing your second song in the Lightening Round
    5. At least one song must use piano accompaniment
  2. Sheet music and Instrumental tracks
    1. Purchase printed sheet music.
      1. sheet music can be purchased from music stores like Long & McQuades or online at musicnotes.com
      2. print and bring your sheet music.
      3. if you are new to using sheet music/don’t read sheet music then check out my Sheet Music Video Tutorial for further instructions.
    1. Download instrumental track to your phone/mp3 player.
      1. clean instrumental tracks (in your key) can be purchased and downloaded at karaokeversion.com
      2. there is no guaranteed access to wifi so if you want to use the music from a youtube instrumental/karaoke video then you will have to rely on your phone data for internet access
      3. tracks must be instrumental only (no lead singer)
    2. Yes you can play your own instrument with the pianist and/or for your second tune (ie guitar – minimal gear/quick setup).
  1. Lyrics must be memorized!
    1. go to Student Resources for memorization tips and tricks
  • piano accompaniment, PA, Speakers and microphone will be provided
  • songs and microphone technique can be practiced in private sessions
 

Benefits of Master Class:

  • Overcome stage fright
  • Try out new techniques
  • Learn from fellow students
  • Perform in front of an audience
  • Get feedback
  • Improve your skills
  • Perform solo, duo or even trio
  • Learn to sing, unrehearsed, with piano accompaniment
  • Keep it simple
  • Have fun

 

Find Your True Voice & Conquer Stage Fright

General Rules and etiquette:

  • Please be courteous and avoid calling, emailing or pming me at the last min (24hrs). It takes alot of work and logistics to organize classes and workshops, so if you waited till the last min to get organized then I'm sorry but I can't help you. Be sure to read the emailed Vocal Euphoria Appointment confirmation and reminders for further instructions.
  • Arrive 15 min prior to workshop. We will start on time
  • Student performers can bring family or friends as guests. $10 each
  • If you are running late, no need to blow up my phone. Just show up!
  • See Terms for more info

Tips, Tricks and Wisdom

Smile

When you perform, Smile! If you think you’ll look silly then consider what it looks like when when all you do is frown.

No one cares about your mistakes more than you.

Mumblers are never taken seriously. Open your mouth and people will listen.

Everyone has a talent. Many choose to ignore it.

Practice daily in the shower. The steam helps open up your sinuses.

Participate in open mics, karaokes, spoken word, poetry jams and improv.

Smiling opens the sides of your mouth and helps with projection.

Listening is equally as important as singing or speaking. Be teachable!

Wanna hit that high note? Try opening your mouth!

Storytelling

Singing is storytelling. Singers are storytellers.

Sing every day.

Be teachable.

Stage Fright

Use stage fright to your advantage. The more scared you are, the bigger you should be.

You are never too old to learn to sing.

Focus on the message and stage fright becomes less important.

Relax, slow down, take your time and don’t rush. Less is more!

bigger

Bigger is better. Don’t hold back!

To avoid vocal fatigue, warm up hours before your performance.

Don’t stop just because you made a mistake. Keep going!

It’s better to hit a wrong note than to make excuses.

Stay focused on your goals.

If you’re trying to think of what to say next, then you are not listening.

Listen to yourself. Appreciate the good, fix the bad.

It’s not about you, its about connecting with the audience.

You can only teach yourself so much before you hit a wall.

Humming is an excellent vocal warm up.

FYI - There will likely be someone shooting photos or video to be added to the website and social media. Students are encouraged to take photos and videos during the class as a learning tool. If you do not want to be in a photo or video please do not register OR come at your own risk.

Any group session can be customized for Corporate Team Building!

Check out my TED Talks about Stage Fright

Master Class
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