Course Summary

Join Helen Ryder in a short course on the art of singing the blues, jazz and soul – genres intertwined and steeped in beautiful melodies and song craft. Topics explored are vocal anatomy, health and warm up routines, the connection between correct breathing and phrasing, vocal rhythm, lyric interpretation, vocal techniques, stagecraft and performance anxiety. Throughout the course you will become familiar with the great singers and songs of these genres which continue to influence contemporary music today. Each week students discuss aspects of singing, learn vocal warm ups before individually performing classic blues, jazz and soul standards with supportive and positive feedback culminating in a performance of all songs in the last class.

This short course is suitable for singers of all levels.

About Singer Helen Ryder

Helen Ryder is a Melbourne based singer and songwriter with 20 years experience in live performance and recording, who has sung across many genres from pop, country, soul, blues and jazz as a soloist and backing vocalist. Helen has performed at the Aria Awards with the Whitlam’s, The Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, and opened for Vika and Linda Bull, The Badloves and Russell Morris. In 2015 Helen released Someday Love, 11 tracks of country soul infused pop recorded with some of Australia’s finest musicians, and featured in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald with air play on ABC Radio’s The Inside Sleeve nationally, RRR and PBS in Melbourne, FBI, 2SER and Eastside Radio in Sydney. In 2017 Helen released her follow up single and video Birds. Helen continues to perform in Melbourne and Sydney while writing for her next album release.

With over 10 years teaching experience Helen shares her knowledge and experience to inspire her students to enjoy the art of singing in a relaxed environment, providing positive support and feedback for all levels of students.

More information on singer Helen Ryder can be found at

Course Sessions

Wednesday, 23rd October - 6 classes

Session ID HWAS8903C
23 Oct - 27 Nov 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$329 / $312 (conc)
Helen Ryder
Last updated: August 20, 2019 12:49pm