Sing classic Blues, Soul & Motown favourites.

This course will focus on the stylistic considerations of the R&B and Blues genres. You will receive handouts created specifically for this class. You will learn vocal techniques for breath support, phrasing, flexibility, range, judicious use of vibrato, diction, how to "belt" responsibly, lyric interpretation. You will explore the art of backing vocals and all participants will be singing lead and back-up.

You will have the opportunity to perform with a band and participate in the Alcorn Music Studios afternoon Coffee House, November 28th at Tucson's.

Date: 12 week course beginning Sept. 14 to Nov. 30
Time: Tuesdays, 7 to 8:45 p.m.
Instructor: Elise Letourneau, B.Mus., M.Ed.
Location: Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave. @ Sherwood Dr. (Dow's Lake/Little Italy area)
For full details please visit www.alcornmusicstudios.com
Call or email: 613-729-0693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sing classic Blues, Soul & Motown favourites.

This course will focus on the stylistic considerations of the R&B and Blues genres. You will learn vocal techniques for breath support, phrasing, flexibility, range, judicious use of vibrato, diction, how to "belt" responsibly, and lyric interpretation. Explore the art of backing vocals.  All participants will be singing lead and back-up.

At the last class, the students rehearse with a live band and participate in the Alcorn Music Studios adult student Coffee House at Tucson's Sunday May 29!

You will have an absolute blast!

Start date: Tuesday, March 22 for 10 weeks
Time: Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Dates: March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24
Instructor: vocalist/music educator Elise Letourneau, B.Mus., M.Ed.
Cost: $234.00 (non-refundable)
Pre-requisite: Some singing experience preferred.
Maximum participants: six
Register: phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Location: 903 Carling Avenue @ Sherwood Drive (Dow's Lake/Preston area)
Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

www.alcornmusicstudios.com

Monday evenings - July 4, 11, 18, 2011

This three-day workshop is for:

  • Guitar teachers wanting to enhance and review their music skills.
  • University and college guitarists looking to establish a strong practice routine of fundamentals on their instrument.
  • High school students who will be entering a university or college music program in the fall on guitar.
  • Guitarists who will be attending a jazz or music camp this summer.
  • Any guitarist interested in furthering their understanding of the instrument.

Topics that will be covered.

  • Strategies for effective practicing
  • Organizing the guitar fingerboard
  • Theory and its application on the guitar
  • Sight reading techniques
  • Chords and inversions
  • Scales and modes

This will be a hands-on learning experience. Participants will receive handouts and individual feedback and suggestions on musicianship, technique, posture/ergonomics, and more. Group and individual playing will also be encouraged.

Instructor: Tim Bedner
Date: Monday evenings July 4, 11, 18
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Price: $100 non-refundable
Location: Alcorn Music Studios, 903 Carling Ave. @ Sherwood Dr. (Dow's Lake/Little Italy area)

To Register: Call Alcorn Music Studios 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop in Monday thru Thursday 3 - 9 pm
For full details please visit www.alcornmusicstudios.com

Sing classic Blues, Soul & Motown favourites.

This course will focus on the stylistic considerations of the R&B and Blues genres. You will learn vocal techniques for breath support, phrasing, flexibility, range, judicious use of vibrato, diction, how to "belt" responsibly, and lyric interpretation. Explore the art of backing vocals.  All participants will be singing lead and back-up.

You will have an absolute blast!

Start date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Time: Thursdays, 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Dates: 10 weeks, from September 22, 2011 to November 24. The final show is November 27.
Instructor: vocalist/music educator Elise Letourneau, B.Mus., M.Ed.
Cost: $234.00 (non-refundable)
Pre-requisite: Some singing experience preferred.
Maximum participants: six
Age: adult

To register: phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Location: 953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, a few blocks west of Preston Street) NOTE new location!
Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

www.alcornmusicstudios.com

Two Courses in One!

Perform it:


We will teach you how to bring your songs to life!  This course is designed to take a song from your lessons or from the page and turn it into a full performance piece. We will teach you vocal and guitar technique as well as stage antics, talking on stage, how to get the nerves out and really enjoy the performance aspect of music. The students will also learn about singing harmonies along with the other artist in the course.  The new studios at Alcorn  Music allows us as to work on the performance aspect of music with open mic/coffee house performances after 3 weeks of classes.

Write it:

This course is designed to teach you all the means necessary to write your own music. It will study other famous writers and analyze their composition methods in order to apply them in our own writing classes. We will touch on finding the right key for you, how to choose chords, song structure and  how to write catchy melodies leaving the audience singing along and begging for more.  This class will work on the writing aspect as well as how to get your songs ready for stage and for recording.

By the end of this course, each student will have had the chance to perform one of their favourite songs and one of their own brand new pieces, and that's really bringing it from E chord to Encore!  

Start date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Time: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dates: 8 weeks, from October 5, 2011 to November 23.
Instructor: Musicians/music educators/songwriters and performance pros from Bluestone Band: Angelina Hunter and Ben Russell
Cost: $275.00 (non-refundable)
Pre-requisite: Singing experience required: for example, singing a song from beginning to end with good pitch. Accompanying yourself is an asset but not mandatory.
Maximum participants: 10
Age: 12 and up

To register: phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Location: 953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, a few blocks west of Preston Street) NOTE new location!
Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

www.alcornmusicstudios.com

First and third Thursdays of the month, 8 to 9:30 p.m. (singer sign-up begins at 7:45)
Cover: $5

Do you love karaoke or group singalongs? Standard/classic pop, rock, Motown, blues, folk, or show tunes? Then try Live Piano Karaoke with Elise Letourneau.

Bring along lyric sheets or sheet music of your favourite classic, well-known songs and we'll play them in your best key. Or, using your digital device and our iPad we'll pull down lyrics from the internet on the spot, so they are right in front of us.

We'll have a microphone set up. You can sing with or without it. Sing solo, or duet with a friend, or lead the gang in a sing-along of a well-known tune. We'll cheer you on! And we'll start each time with a group sing-in and a selection from Elise, so the ice will already be broken for you. If you've got questions about whether a tune you'd like to choose will work out, please email Elise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But feel free tojust surprise us - as long as it's a well-known tune, chances are it will be a great choice. We also have fake books you can review; even if we don't know a song well, we can read it from the sheet music.

Come sing and meet others who love to sing. It's not like choir, and it's not like a voice lesson, but you'll have a chance to sing with a live pianist hear lots of songs - it's a low-key supportive atmosphere and it's in-the-moment and edgy and it's fun!!! And it's okay if you just want to come and listen too!

Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, a few blocks west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

Every Monday night - 7 to 9 p.m.
Start date: Monday, October 17, 2011
Cost: $20 per session

Jazz guitarist and instructor Tim Bedner is starting a Jazz Jam Workshop. It is open to all instruments but you need to be at least an advanced beginner to be in the class. Basic instrument skills in reading and improvisation and standard jazz repertoire are prerequisites.

There will be guitar and bass amps, electronic piano, drums and music stands to use. Tim will also have handouts each week and will address musical concepts to help each musician in the group move forward in their playing and improvisation.

Interested musicians can contact Tim Bedner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can join up or drop in.

More info: www.alcornmusicstudios.com/Courses.htm#Jazz%20Jam%20Workshop

You can also phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, a few blocks west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

Saturday, November 19 - 1 to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $20, $15 for students

Join these two guitar masters for an afternoon workshop exploring and discussing jazz guitar, improv, chord development, and creating solos.

To reserve a space, phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Juris and Ellias will be performing at Café Paradiso on November 18 and 19.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 11 to 3 p.m.
Tickets: Vocal participation: $50  (limit of 10), Masterclass audit: $20

Vocal Masterclass: Getting Your Jazz Act Together - How to prepare yourself for performances.
With Sheila Jordan
Hosted by Elise Letourneau

To register, phone 613-729-0693 and pay by credit card, or drop into Alcorn Music Studios to register and pay cash, debit, cheque or credit card. For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Participants: please bring a prepared piece of music, water, a recorder or pen/paper for taking notes. Note: This is a "less scent" class, please avoid perfumes, body sprays or cologne.

Sheila Jordan will be performing at Café Paradiso on January 20 and 21, 2012.

About Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan received the Jazz Masters Award 2012 from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest honor in jazz music in America. She is not only one of the premier singers in jazz, but she is known for her stimulating vocal workshops as well. A superb scat singer, she can just as easily reach the emotional depths of a ballad. Whether singing well-known standards or original material, she makes it all sound like no one else.

Jordan, née Dawson, grew up in Pennsylvania's coal mining country with her grandparents, singing in school and on amateur radio shows. In the early 1940s, she returned to live with her mother in Detroit, where she became interested in jazz after hearing a Charlie Parker recording. She met some of Detroit's young musicians during that time, such as Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Burrell, and Barry Harris. She then joined a vocal trio, Skeeter, Mitch, and Jean, which performed versions of Parker's and others' bebop solos in a manner akin to later vocal jazz trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

Upon moving to New York City in the early '50s, Jordan sang in clubs and at jam sessions with some of the city's jazz giants, including Charles Mingus, Herbie Nichols, and Parker. She also studied with the renowned Lennie Tristano. In 1952, she married Parker's pianist, Duke Jordan. Ten years later, she made her acclaimed first recording, showing her vocal finesse on a ten-plus minute version of "You Are My Sunshine" on George Russell's album The Outer View. Thanks to Russell, she released her first album, Portrait of Sheila, on Blue Note, the first female vocalist to record for the label.

In the mid-1960s, Jordan's work encompassed jazz liturgies sung in churches and extensive club performances. After touring and recording with trombonist Roswell Rudd in the 1970s, Jordan became a member of the Steve Kuhn Quartet alongside bassist Harvie S and drummer Bob Moses. By the late '70s, jazz audiences began to understand her uncompromising style and her popularity increased.

Her preference for bass and voice led to several collaborations with bassists, including Arild Andersen, Harvie S, and Cameron Brown. Jordan is the pioneer in bass/voice duo in jazz, starting in the early 1950s and continuing to the present.

In 1978, she began teaching at the City College of New York and has continued teaching jazz vocal workshops there until 2005. She is also a faculty member for Jazz in July at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, Vermont, and conducts workshops internationally as well. The singer has received several honors, including the 2008 Mary Lou Williams Award for a Lifetime of Service to Jazz. Jordan still travels extensively – nationally and abroad – performing with her quartet and as a duo with Brown. www.sheilajordanjazz.com

Selected Discography:

  • Portrait of Sheila, Blue Note, 1962
  • Jazz Child, High Note, 1998
  • Little Song, High Note, 2002
  • Sheila Jordan/Cameron Brown, Celebration: Live at the Triad, High Note, 2004
  • Winter Sunshine: Live at Upstairs, Justin Time, 2008

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 1 to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (Students $15)

“he’s a hell of a writer…and forget about the excellence of his musical ideas and his lyricism – just his touch on his instrument is exquisite.”
Katie Malloch, CBC Radio Jazzbeat

The Mike Rud Trio will give a concert that evening at GigSpace.

gigspaceottawa.com/mike-rud

www.mikerud.com/

Info and reservations: 613-729-0693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com