The “Great American Songbook” is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. It includes the most popular and enduring songs from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film. The music of this genre is also often referred to as “American standards”.
The Great American Songbook Foundation
At the core of Master Classes with Naz Edwards is the Great American Songbook. Master Classes are appropriate for universities and colleges as well as for high schools and private arts high schools. They can range from a one day intensive program to a full week of learning and exploring the journey of our connection, with not only our music but ourselves. During this exploration, storytelling is a huge part of the process.
How do we connect with our audience once the fourth wall is broken through?
How do we choose the music that best tells our story?
What is it we have the need to share with our audience?
Naz’s Master Classes are great for both vocal performance and musical theatre programs. For vocal performance programs, she utilizes the Great American Songbook as a contemporary version of the art song. For musical theatre programs, it’s simply telling the story through the lyrics. And for both, it is all about connection with one’s self and sharing not showing the inner journey with audiences.
Programs can include a showcase presentation at the end of the Master Classes or can be all about the process with no performance. It’s your choice. And, of course, all Master Classes are custom tailored to your needs.