Introduction to Gospel Music - Brad Klump
This interactive session will explore the fundamentals of gospel music by tracing its rich history back to Africa, introducing its principal pioneers and landmark recordings, as well as discovering its numerous subgenres. What is the gospel sound? When and where did gospel music originate? What is the difference between hymns, spirituals, CCM and gospel songs? What is a vamp? What is a shout or praise break? What is an African aesthetic? This introductory session is open to all levels and backgrounds.
Collaborative Songwriting - Part A - Rob Greene & Renée Rowe
Special Interest Session
The creative process can sometimes be a challenging one and songwriting can sometimes be frustrating and lonely. Why not try collaborative songwriting! This workshop presents an opportunity to partner with both budding and avid songwriters to create an original piece of music. In this first session, singer/songwriter Renee Rowe will challenge you to explore themes, genres, melody, lyric, and song structure. Presented in a ‘hands-on’ format, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and take a close look at the songwriting experience.
Collaborative Songwriting - Part B - Rob Greene & Renée Rowe
Special Interest Session
A continuation of Collaborative SongWriting – Part A, this session will encourage songwriters to work together to put ‘meat on the bones’ of your lyrics and other skills to help you produce something that you can be proud of! You can ask questions about your work such as “Now that I have lyrics, does it change the feel of the song?” Let Renee Rowe help to guide you through this unique songwriting experience. Upon completion, you will be a co-writer of what promises to be an amazing, inspired, musical creation!
From Africa To America: The Journey of Our Worship Expression - Dr. Raymond Wise
This course examines the historical development of African American music. This session will explore the role of music in Africa and consider the African aesthetics transported and retained in African American worship. Next, the session will explore the development of early African American religion, the origins of the Spiritual and consider its significance and evolution on the Black church and the development of gospel music from the late 1920s through to the present.
Self-Care For The Artistic Soul - Nicole Hamilton
This interactive workshop has equal relevance to artists and all those who have experienced varying levels of stress and seeking ways to implement the practice of self-care into their daily lives. The current shift and state of our global climate has meant that many are seeking ways to enhance and better serve their mental, physical, and spiritual needs. This workshop provides an opportunity for those working within dance and beyond, an opportunity to access and adapt strategic care practices which can optimize holistic wellbeing. A definition of self-care will be provided along with practical ways to implement the practice into daily life. Participants will consider the implication of negating a self-care practice and the impact of prolonged stress. They will also engage in mindfulness exercises and discussion.
Self-Care Through Movement (Movement Class) - Nicole Hamilton
This session will explore self-care through improvised and choreographed movement, allowing for each participant to navigate through and explore their feelings and lived experiences through the expression of movement. This workshop is an extension of the "Self Care for the Artistic Soul Workshop" and is open to beginner-advanced levels. The workshop will provide an opportunity for those working within dance and beyond, an opportunity to access and adapt strategic care practices which can optimize holistic wellbeing.
Vocal Troubleshooting - Dr. Melissa Davis
Have you ever felt frustrated with your singing? This workshop is for you! Through demonstrations, exercises and songs, this workshop will target and tackle common vocal issues and will provide workshop attendees with practical solutions to set you on the path to vocal confidence!
Developing Effective Ad-Libs - Nicole Sinclair-Anderson
Improvisation is one of the main key elements of all Black music and definitely for Gospel music. Being able to vocally deliver creative, thoughtful and musical ad libs is a very desirable skill. Let Nicole Sinclair-Anderson take you through the ins and outs of this interactive session. Explore and experiment in a masterclass setting and learn what to sing, when and how to craft powerful leads! Please come prepared with a song to improvise or practice ad-libs.
Vocal Masterclass - Belinda Munro-Gardner & Renee Rowe
Two powerhouse vocalists come together for a unique workshop that will reveal how important interpretation is when it comes to ‘shaping' your solo/lead. The objective is to demonstrate variations in vocal phrasing, tempo, texture and creative ways to use your range. See for yourself how attention to these techniques can transform your vocal performance and empower you to become a stronger soloist.
The Whole Singer: Making Right Choices for Your Voice” - Cassandra Powell.
Special Interest Session
This class will take you on a journey to discover your “why” when it comes to music. Help you gain insights to better translate your message to your audience/congregation. Tips on how to approach and choose the right songs for your voice, to helpful warmup exercises and understanding how to be a dynamic singer will be covered in this session. You will also learn how to blend and work with other singers within our group exercises
Backstage To Centerstage': Performance Coaching Masterclass - Belinda Munro-Gardner
An Interactive Performance Coaching Masterclass to give you the tools you need to build confidence, release expressivity & be elevated to a new level of performance. This masterclass will help you Unlock your Hidden Potential and Exceed Your Biggest Dreams!
Belinda Munro has a passion for the stage and equips every performer with the tools necessary to leave the stage with confidence in their voice and in their performance. This energetic Masterclass covers Stage Presence, Confidence Building, Microphone/Vocal Technique, Storytelling, and more! Come on this interactive journey from Backstage and let’s leave it all on the stage, Centerstage!
Learning to Harmonize - Natalie Stewart
“Learning To Harmonize”: Have you ever struggled to harmonize? Ever wondered whether your idea of harmony sounds good or not? If you’ve ever considered what goes into harmonizing, this is the session for you! We’ll give you the basic tools you need to understand HOW basic harmonies make sense and you will be required to present your version.
Creating Harmonies - Natalie Stewart
"Creating Harmonies" : A continuation from “Learning To Harmonize”, this workshop will challenge you to embrace the fundamental ‘rules of harmony’ so that you can break ‘em! The key is knowing what rules to break…give your musical ear a chance to explore the possibilities of harmony in this session where we learn by trial-and-error, and gain tools you can use in you
Vocal Training for the Gospel Singer - Dr. Raymond Wise
The session will review the basic principles of singing with particular emphasis on Breathing (posture, support, control), Tone Placement (open or free tones, elimination of vocal tension, elasticity of range, intonation), Tone Quality (Vocal manipulation, timbre, pure vowels). In addition, students will explore Music Phrasing related to effective music performance (tone color, diction, vowel enunciation, consonant articulation, range, and dynamics).
Students will perform individual selections and be evaluated by the instructor and the class participants, after which they will perform work to correct and improve vocal technique. Students will discuss the appropriate vocal techniques required to perform various musical styles as soloists or choir members successfully. Finally, students will discuss vocal health and learn methods of caring for the voice.
Singing in the Gospel Style - Dr. Raymond Wise
In recent years African American gospel music has moved beyond the walls of the Black church. It has been mainstreamed by the music industry and performed in secular settings, and many non-African American churches have begun implementing gospel music within their worship services. As gospel music has moved into the academy and various settings, concerns have arisen concerning the use of sacred texts, vocal health, authenticity in performance, integrity in performance, musical appropriation, and the availability of musical scores and resources. This session will address the various issues related to performing gospel music outside the traditional Black church.