Jazz Vocal Performance

Your course led by Linley Weir will further develop your jazz singing in a practical, fun and creative environment which will offer you much opportunity to perform. Your individual style will be nurtured and developed throughout the course.This course will take place onsite at Parkshot. Risk assessments on all our singing classes are undertaken prior to the start of the course and our teachers have been trained to follow and implement control measures. The main measures to mitigate risk on our singing courses are the requirement that learners are to be seated in allocated seats in order to maintain social distancing. Learners must not be positioned face to face when singing and will be positioned back-to-back or side-to-side. In addition, our rooms will have good ventilation.

Course Content

Your course will present a nurturing environment and solid grounding for developing your jazz singing. Sessions will include activities and topics such as :

Developing an awareness and appreciation of your voice and how to develop it to best support your singing.
Developing a structured practice routine and development program.
Learning and fully appreciating each song in your repertoire.
Understanding form and song structure
Developing confidence and all aspects of performance skills
Working with and communicating with other musicians
Listening to and appreciating the classic vocalists

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will be run under strict social distancing guidelines with smaller class sizes and additional hygiene procedures in place. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

You will be able to sing some songs already although not necessarily jazz and have some appreciation of pitch.
Some knowledge of music theory will be useful and level 1 literacy important as handouts will be distributed at different times to reinforce learning.

First Class Requirements

Notebook and pencil

Attendance Requirements

Attendance throughout the course will help you gain maximum benefit from the course.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment on this course although you will be able to identify individual goals and later reflect on your development. Your tutor will assess your learning and progress through the practical nature of the classes.

Additional Information

Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

The course will include some performance opportunities at college concerts and events including a weekly Saturday lunchtime ?open mic? session. Your tutor may recommend some music reference books and recordings to listen to.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

Please note that whilst most of the classes in your course will be classroom based, the final session of the course may be in the form of a cross college jazz concert evening and so may not be on the same day and time of your course .