HALF DAY WORKSHOP 

A half day in the capable hands of Mia Parsons vocal coach and Charlie Moon guitarist and arranger will give participants a clear idea that they have the ability to perform and have great fun finding their unique voice in a supportive environment. Through the universal language of music each of us has the ability to unlock a hidden source of wellbeing. It is there to be tapped into at any time and many of us are unaware of how accessible it is.

With the expertise and encouragement of Mia and Charlie each participant of the workshop comes to understand that their voice is as valid as that of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, David Bowie or Amy Winehouse. Each is individual and each has a place and a particular song to suit them. No two voices are the same and nor would we want them to be. 

 

What does it entail?

  • Breathing techniques to help locate the diaphragm for maximum benefit from singing

  • Vocal exercises 

  • We teach three to four songs throughout the workshop 

  • We teach the structure of the songs and explore the various ways of:

  • Phrasing

  • Interpretation

  • Improvisation

  • Expression

  • Performance

  • We break into three groups and each group writes a blues which they perform together.

 

The Outcomes 

A group of extremely happy, stress free people who’s confidence levels and ‘can do’ feelings have soared to great heights. Each will have been gently pushed out of their comfort zones and have discovered a well of joy that they can now access at will. Our participants have reported to us that they find the work enhances their presentation skills and without exception all report an increase in their confidence and feeling of 

wellbeing.

FULL DAY WORKSHOP

Transform and perform after one day in the capable hands of Mia Parsons vocal coach and Charlie Moon guitarist and arranger.  Through the universal language of music each of us has the ability to unlock a hidden source of wellbeing. It is there to be tapped into at any time and many of us are unaware of how accessible it is.

With the expertise and encouragement of Mia and Charlie each participant of the workshop comes to understand that their voice is as valid as that of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, David Bowie or Amy Winehouse. Each is individual and each has a place and a particular song to suit them. No two voices are the same and nor would we want them to be. 

 

What happens at the one day workshop

  • Breathing techniques to help locate the diaphragm for maximum benefit from singing

  • Vocal exercises 

  • We teach at least six songs throughout the day and at least two of these are blues. We also teach a ballad, a swing tune and a Latin number.

  •  We teach the structure of the songs and explore the various ways of:

  • Phrasing

  • Interpretation

  • Improvisation

  • Expression

  • Performance

  • The proper use of the microphone

  • We break into three groups and each group writes a blues which they perform together.

 

At the end of the day each participant will perform their chosen song accompanied by Charlie on guitar.

We offer an option to bring in the full Charlie Moon Trio for the final performances.  This Comprises of guitar, double bass and drums. (This is an add on.)

 

The Outcomes 

A group of extremely happy, stress free people who’s confidence levels and ‘can do’ feelings have soared to great heights. Each will have been gently pushed out of their comfort zones and have discovered a well of joy that they can now access at will. Our participants have reported to us that they find the work enhances their presentation skills and without exception all report an increase in their confidence and feeling of wellbeing.

10 WEEK WORKSHOP

Guarantee the best of entertainment at this year’s summer party with music provided by your own colleagues accompanied by the Charlie Moon trio or quartet. Everyone has a song to sing in their own unique way and with the help of Mia Parsons singer and vocal coach, and Charlie Moon Guitarist, singer and arranger, participants discover and unlock the various qualities of their voices. An in house course for up to 12 people will prove an empowering, transformational and life affirming experience.

 

What happens each week

At the start of every one-and-a-half-hour session we do some breathing to get the maximum benefit from singing. We then do some vocal exercises. The songs we teach each week are from four styles.  Latin, ballad, swing and blues.

  • Week 1. Learn three songs, melody and lyrics.

  • Week 2. Learn three songs, melody and lyrics.

  • Week 3. Ice breaker night, getting accustomed to the microphone technique and breaking the ice by singing a chosen song accompanied by Charlie. This is when we start to work on areas of weakness and strengths in the participant’s techniques.

  • Week 4. Learn three songs exploring phrasing and projection

  • Week 5. Concentrating on the blues and improvisation

From week six onwards we work on the two song choices of each participant for the final show. Songs can be chosen from the ones we have covered in class or from the jazz or blues realm. We work on how to interact with the musicians in the live show.

 

Outcomes

In this fun safe and supportive environment, team building is a given. Making music accessible to everyone no matter what their starting point, Mia and Charlie de-mystify the skill of singing.  Interpersonal relationships, personal development, a sense of community, increased empathy and reduced stress levels are just some of the obvious benefits. The number one benefit however is the huge release of tension through the sheer fun and enjoyment of it all.  As trust builds over the weeks, skills come to the fore. Leaders emerge, shy people find the confidence to be heard and presentation skills are enhanced.

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