Exploring Vocal Improvisation

A rare chance to learn and practise vocal improvisation ideas with Jim

Saturday 20th August 2016

Either 10am - 12:30pm or 1:30pm - 4pm


Limited to 30 places per session!

Vocal Group Performing

Jim Leading

Jim Hawkins is an accomplished musician, music producer and teacher. He has more than ten years' experience teaching and working with singers and choirs. His workshops are informal, fun and enlightening. Find out more about Jim here.

About the Session

This workshop is open to ALL abilities (limited to adults over 18 years). You don't need any improvisation experience to join in! You will be able to explore musical ideas and deepen your understanding of how to create your own music.

It's going to be an exciting and enjoyable time learning how you can improvise with your voice, and learning some frameworks in rhythm, melody and harmony to help you do so.

We'll be working in both the whole group of up to 30 singers, and breaking out into smaller groups to practise ideas and exercises in a safe and encouraging environment.

The aim, at the end of 2.5 hours, is for you to have grown in confidence, to know that you can compose your own music through vocal improvisation, and be buzzing from the experience!

Plus we'll make an audio recording of the group singing for you to keep and practise with in the future.



Session contents:

Scales and Scat

Rhythm and Phrase

Developing Melodic Ideas

Creative Starting Points

Harmonic Development

Stylistic considerations (e.g. Pop Licks)

Refining and Performing


This is not a "chalk and talk" session. You'll be learning by doing with practical exercises, including: (lots of) singing, moving and listening to each other.

The Schedule

There will be two separate groups in a day: morning and afternoon.

Session 1: 10am to 12:30pm

Session 2: 1:30pm to 4pm.


All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JP

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