Circlesongs classes at Singer's Edge

Thursdays 6-7:15pm: Creative Vocal Improv & Circle Songs

***Please note this class is no longer offered. For our current listing of group classes, please visit our group class page.***

Explore rhythm, harmony, melody, body percussion and circle songs in a dynamic community centred vocal improv workshop that is accessible to all (no previous singing experience required).

Inspired by the circle song techniques made popular by Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, this one hour weekly vocal journey will allow you to tap into spontaneous song creation in a safe and playful group environment.

This is definitely an ALL LEVELS class – there will be something for everyone. Great for the more experienced singers and those who love to sing acapella or in choirs. This is your opportunity to expand your vocal repertoire, develop new songs and vocal improv techniques. Plus the group vibe and sense of community we’ll be creating together is totally welcoming for a first time singer as well.

Classes consist of some fun vocal improv games, group toning, harmony and spontaneous melody, moving into building three/four part circle songs (a technique made popular by Bobby McFerrin). We’ve even seen the bass line of ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ transform into a totally new acapella song! We will continue to build on these ideas with even more inspiring vocal improv activities where we will start to investigate vocal percussion and how to create spontaneous solo patterns in a group circle song.

10 Weeks Weekly Class Beginning Thursday September 5th through Nov 14th. Culminates in an audience interactive group performance Sunday November 23rd at the Rivoli.

These classes are such a huge success, and with our new classes on the schedule, we’ve decided to offer a few fall incentives to help get your friends out to join in the fun:
  • FREE for members
  • $10 Bring A Friend
  • $15/class
  • $50 for 5-Week Pass

Singer's Edge Coach Ella CooperAbout the Coach:

Ella Cooper will be sharing her expertise fresh off the heels from her week-long intensive exploration with the famed circlesong originator Bobby McFerrin. Ella is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer, arts educator, certified yoga instructor and creative facilitator who has taught arts empowerment workshops throughout Canada to people of all ages and abilities. Her work has been featured on the CBC and receives continued support from the Canada Council. She also continues to make numerous appearances as a guest speaker at conferences across North America.

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