Jazz Vocal Workshop Session 2

Free online event

Lenora Helm-Hammonds presents “The Vocal Approach to the Human Ear”

Portrait: Lenora Helm-Hammonds is associate professor, director of vocal jazz ensemble
Lenora Helm-Hammonds, associate professor, director of vocal jazz ensemble at North Carolina Central University


The Vocal Approach to a Performer’s Ear is a workshop designed for vocal and instrumental musicians to learn to use their voice as a tool for developing improvisation concepts, and to apply creative freedom in performance. Lenora Helm Hammonds, founder of Vocal Jazz Online’s™ Jazz Vocal Ear Training curricula, facilitates an experience where participants better learn to create and collaborate within original, contemporary, and jazz standard compositions. Hammonds’ debunks the myth that all vocalists must scat in order to improvise, or instrumentalists can’t hear lyrical ideas because they are taught to play scales and patterns. The focus is on a “sing it, play it” methodology with an end goal for participants to successfully perform in improvisational music. Jazz concepts will be employed, and the work is applicable to any genre. The essence of the work in this workshop is to disrupt the musician’s usual way of thinking when working with his or her instrument. The session is taught in live coaching and content is modular and contiguous. The end goal is to have the artist be 100% free to create and respond in the moment using the voice as the lever.

Monday, October 19, 7 p.m. Zoom meeting event, free and open to the public. Please email Cookey Whitaker at whitak48@msu.edu to request the link and password.


About Lenora Helm-Hammonds

Lenora Helm-Hammonds is associate professor, director of vocal jazz ensemble and coordinator of vocal jazz activities at North Carolina Central University.

Throughout her 30+ year span of musical achievements as a Jazz Vocal Musician specializing in Classic, Traditional standard jazz, Lenora (Zenzalai) Helm Hammonds has toured, recorded, and performed with renowned artists around the world. Her career as a vocal musician has encompassed time as a lyricist, guest artist, background singer, composer, and educator at North Carolina Central University. A 2018 inaugural Javett International Scholar in Jazz for University of Pretoria, during her time as a musician, Helm Hammonds has earned recognition as: a quarter-finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award, a Salzburg Global Citizenship Fellow, a UNC Global Educator Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, and the former US Jazz Ambassador under the State Department and Kennedy Center. Leadership roles in jazz include, Vice President, Area Unit Leadership, North Carolina, for Jazz Education Network (JEN). Additionally, she is a member of the esteemed Jazz Vocal Advisory Board for Juilliard Jazz, Juilliard, NYC, and is vocal jazz faculty during summers for Brevard Jazz Institute, Brevard, NC.

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