Inga's ClassesSam's ClassesBZ's ClassesMargo's ClassesBeverly's ClassesMagnolia's ClassesJoe's Classes

Classes with Inga

Find it. Own it. Take it Home!

In this session, Inga Swearingen and Sam Rogers will work together to give you real-world tools you can use to “get in where you fit in” when the music starts, or to start something up on your own. Whether you’re still looking for the beat, the bucket to carry your tune in, the way to do right by the song in your heart, or the harmony to throw in when the jam is on, this is yet another Vocáli session to safely explore and to learn how. There is room for you in song, your voice has a place. The world needs your music, now more than ever. So bring your music, and bring your fears. Bring your sense of humor too, and come ready to play!

Songversations with Inga (a progressive series)

Get comfortable with just making sound with your voice. Then feel the beauty and excitement of contributing to a choir of sound. Inga will lead a variety of vocal improvisation games that start off very simply and build on each other as the weekend unfolds. Together we can learn important skills such as rhythmic groove, harmonic structure, motif development, etc,… As we progress, we’ll apply these musical skills to common chord progressions.

Your Sound, Your Story – Meet the Song

Inga will introduce you to personalizing a song and singing your story. Learning ways to get inside a lyric and making musical choices based on what you’d like to convey emotionally, allows the song to become you. Having done workshops with dancers, Inga has learned some movement exercises that are very helpful in getting closer to your emotional connection to a song. Then we can transfer that to sound.

 

Classes with Sam

Fear No Voice

The voice you dream of having is a beautiful voice indeed, but the voice you actually have is the only one you get to sing with (and the voice you have now is different than the one you used to have before!). So let’s embrace this real and raw voice coming from within your body today! Let’s explore it with curiosity and wonder, boldly and vulnerably, with the very best that our heads and our hearts have to offer. In this class we’ll be sharpening our ears and softening our criticisms in order to discover the beauty that only you and your unique voice can deliver.

CircleSong

Simple. Primal. Beautiful. We create communities of trust in many ways, but standing in a circle and singing together is one of humanity’s finest. The song we sing will be unknown to all of us, discovered within the dynamic balance between our individual freedom and our connection to the larger group. Through guided listening, tender exploration, vibrant singing, expressive movement, and collective wisdom, we will unite in a circle of song. There is much to learn in every such circle, the answers to many questions are just waiting to be sung.

This entertaining and accessible workshop is all about of how to create — and be creative with — your body and music. This is a delightful icebreaking session for all who are willing to play. Though his simplified principles of sound, step-by-step demonstrations, fun activities, and rapid-fire humor, even those needing a high level of stimulus will remain engaged and challenged while the more methodical students get the structure they need to learn. By the end of the workshop, everyone will be making music with their bodies and (more importantly) hearing sound in a whole new way!

Groove Above All

What is rhythm? How does it work? What is the mystical “groove” musicians talk about, and where can I get some? No matter how well you’ve mastered it, you can still fall out of rhythm. No matter how uncoordinated you may feel, you can still fall in to rhythm. In this class, we’ll journey deep into groove as a group. Together we will mine its riches, and meet ourselves in both new and familiar ways. You will leave with a new perspective and new tools for being able groove at will. There’s no rush, we have all the time in the world.

Find it. Own it. Take it Home!

In this session, Inga Swearingen and Sam Rogers will work together to give you real-world tools you can use to “get in where you fit in” when the music starts, or to start something up on your own. Whether you’re still looking for the beat, the bucket to carry your tune in, the way to do right by the song in your heart, or the harmony to throw in when the jam is on, this is yet another Vocáli session to safely explore and to learn how. There is room for you in song, your voice has a place. The world needs your music, now more than ever. So bring your music, and bring your fears. Bring your sense of humor too, and come ready to play!

 

Classes with BZ

WELCOME TO VOCÁLI – Thursday! Now Let’s Play!!!

Improv games, storytelling games, “getting to know you” games. Fun with Beverly Britts and (hopefully) Rico Miranda.

On The Slip & Slide of Storytelling  

A workshop for quick learning of important basic ideas about The Art of Storytelling. Is it interactive? You bet it is!

Finding & Following The Red Thread 

Finding and Deepening Meaning in our Stories. How can we find and hold onto the Red Thread that runs through our tales? This session will also focus on the Structure of Story as the scaffolding for our tales and how to hold those tales together.

BREAKOUT SESSION; Holding on to the Story So That We Can Hold Our Listeners Up!  

Once we’ve taken hold of that spool of Red Thread, how do we craft the story so that it is engaging? We want our listeners to hang on to our words to help them find where the Red Thread is twisted and woven into our tales. We want to help them discover the meaning and implications of the story in their own lives. How does the story help us bridge understanding and open up dialogue?

Classes with Margo

Connecting to Spirit with Song;
Basic Breathing Technique for Singers

This workshop teaches students the Number One Skill that all singers must master: breathing. Correct breathing and breath support are the path to solid singing. In this workshop Margo will teach this vital skill by:

  1.  Singing simple songs and chants that help put focus on the breath.
  2. Using hands-on breathing and connecting techniques to find the correct place in the body where these things occur
  3. Teaching comprehensive proper vocal technique to open the throat and use the diaphragm to support the air.
  4. Doing tonal work to experience access to the deep well of sound that is within each of us
  5. Working the tone so singers learn how to get enough air and connection to work all the tones available to them

Backup Singing Intensive

Backup singing is different from solo singing. This class introduces you to the skills of being a backup singer.

Margo will show you how to: 1) Sing harmony  2) Blend your voice with other voices to create one harmonious sound           3) “Carve” a song to sing backup like the pros  4) Sing backup to a variety of musical genres

Blindfold to Freedom Singing Class  

Singing blindfolded can propel you to a new place in your singing and self-expression. In fact, it may more easily and comfortably open new doors that, at present, you either don’t know exist or find too difficult to open if you do know they exist. Sing with less self-consciousness. Begin to let go of what holds you back from free expression. Learn from your own experience and watching your classmates.

It’s invigorating and different from anything you’ve tried before.

Classes with Beverly

The METHOD of INTRODUCING the BEAUTY, IMPORTANCE VALUE of SIGN LANGUAGE:

The beauty, expressive power and confidence of sign language: it’s about pictures, about setting up a scene, and placing objects (via signs) in that scene. It’s about facial expression, as the person who is deaf is looking at your face, not your hands. Moving of the hands combined with facial expressions and various postures of the body create an intention. It’s an amazing three-dimensional language in motion. I will show you how handshapes and placement and motion create the sign whether in spoken word or song. Sign language also makes us more physical in our emotional and visual selves which empowers and enhances our expression in our audible language of song and spoken word.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Methods: At first I will demonstrate through SIGNING only. We’ll begin with greetings and welcomes to sign language (all done without the voice). Someone will sing as I sign and then I’ll teach 2-3 songs in sign to the class. Other songs will be signed at meal time, such as blessing songs. I hope to teach one special song that we could practice on breaks to perform at the end of camp. I use a whiteboard to write or act out the words rather than using my voice. There will be handouts of signs to be used.

 

In the Classroom: I will talk a little about the importance of making the world a smaller, friendlier place through communication through knowing any second language. Sign language is not universal and American Sign Language (ASL) is not based on English. It’s important for our own expression and mostly to communicate with people who are deaf, or to use with young children for communication (example: my own daughter, who is not deaf, but could express herself earlier than her peers because of use of signs.) For a deaf person, the world is like watching TV without the sound. I will explain various sign languages, fingerspelling, hand shapes, lip reading, etc. I want the group to walk away wanting to practice the signs/songs and wanting more. I will explain how a person ‘should not talk’ and sign at the same time as they are two different languages. For example, when I teach about food, I bring in the food, and work on both the receptive and expressive aspects of learning sign language, having students demonstrate as they learn. I like to get a sense of what is flowing and how to meet everyone’s needs as they are being put in a world without sound, as in when I should perhaps switch gears, and use voice a bit, when to write for explanations on the whiteboard, etc.

 

 

Classes with Magnolia Rhythm Trio

Americana Song: Intuitive Three-Part Harmony

Singing harmony with friends and family connects us with others in such meaningful ways; the feeling is often beyond words. The Magnolia Rhythm Trio will address examples of root styles and instinct to this session of folk and traditional American Song.

Demonstrating harmony stacks and moving each student through the different layers, gaining the all-important feeling of harmony enhancing melody – will be an introduction in helping us understand how the parts work. Practicing for permanence by putting songs into motion on a daily basis – is a joyful key to understanding and excellence in your music making.

They will share an organic, informal and fun approach that can help guide your harmony singing as you play and sing from the heart.

Classes with Joe

Breakout Sessions

Sharing his love of creativity and expression, Joe will be offering two breakout sessions.

SESSION #1. Will address scooping notes and hanging vocal ornaments in singin’ the Blues.

SESSION #2. Will be a spontaneous E ticket ride / outside the box improv freedom session, and the art of being comfortable in the moment without a map, trapeze net, flashlight, flashcards or Cliff Notes. It’s Okay… You’ve got this !!!