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ONLINE Vocal Group Class w/Ayo: Finding Your Voice

Regular price $ 125.00

Mondays, September 14, 21, 28 & October 5th ; 7:30-8:30pm Eastern time

Cost: $125 per 4-week session

If you plan to attend this class, please register by 5pm on September 13th so we have time to get you the info to join the session on Zoom. Please read our workshop registration & cancellation policies here.

Finding YOUR Voice: Discovering your true vocal capabilities and strengths as a vocal story-teller

The objectives of this vocal group class are:
● Develop a consistent warm-up routine to address the foundation of strength and flexibility
in the voice and mouth.
● Analyze and master exercises to help with vocal placement and vocal control
● Exercises to help with vocal agility.

Topics covered will include breathing, warm-ups to loosen up tension and & around the larynx, connecting to different parts of the voice, strengthening the "Middle" voice, and navigating your personal instrument to convey a meaningful authentic performance. Singing is about using different placements that are effective and personal to your voice to tell a story. You will learn placement exercises to find moments to use your chest voice to add more depth, your middle voice to be more conversational with the audience, and your head voice to be vulnerable or captivating in a raw way. We will help develop your ear and gain harmonic understanding.

This class is geared for vocal beginners, but singers of all levels are welcome.

For this class, you'll need:
- A computer or tablet with a webcam, connected to the internet, with Zoom installed.
- A smartphone or other device with voice recording abilities
- Headphones/earbuds are recommended, though not required.

Born in Atlanta, raised in Nigeria, Ayo is an artist who has previously performed with big names like Chance the Rapper, Andrea Day, Common, and more. She is currently a Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and is pursuing her Masters in music at Howard University. Despite her challenges navigating life as a young Nigerian woman in today's society, Ayo has used her experiences to define her music. Her smooth pop vocals channel messages of empowerment and even address important political issues of the times. Ayo has experience as an educator with Teach For America, and was featured as a soloist in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC, and was featured as a composer at the Kennedy Center's prestigious residency, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead. Find out more at ayoofficial.com

This online workshop will be held on the Zoom platform. You will need a computer with a webcam (preferred), or a smartphone or tablet. Instructions on how to join the "meeting" will be emailed to participants before the session (usually the day before). To view basic tutorials on how Zoom works, click here. Please have the Zoom program (the free version is fine) installed on your device and tested before you join the session.

Questions about this workshop? Email us.