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Coaching and Workshops

on Brazilian Music

Coaching

Receive one-on-one lessons for beginner to professional vocalists to improve their understanding of the Brazilian repertoire and the nuances of its phrasing, rhythm, Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation, and interpretation. Catina has coached several vocalists for recording sessions, including highly-acclaimed artists.

*Online and in person sessions*

Workshop: Brazilian Music for Singers

This workshop is designed for vocalists of all levels to improve their understanding of the Brazilian repertoire and the nuances of its pronunciation and interpretation.​The workshop is divided in two parts with a one-week interval between sessions. By dividing this workshop into two sessions, you will have time to absorb the phonetics content before applying it to your singing. A live jazz trio with professional musicians will accompany all singers at the end of the second session.

The workshop 

Part 1 – PHONETICS

1) Proper pronunciation of the Brazilian Portuguese language and its implications when applied to singing. *All participants will receive a PDF file detailing information about the specific phonetics

 

2) Understanding the lyrics and learning proper pronunciation.

Part 2 - APPLYING PHONETICS TO A SONG / PHRASING AND RHYTHM / SINGING WITH A LIVE BAND​


1) Lecture: Catina works deeply on lyrics with participants by improving pronunciation, exploring lyrics' meaning and interpretation, and suggesting choices for phrasing and rhythmic fluency.

​2) Let's sing! Sing with a jazz trio of professional musicians!

​3) Hang out and network at a reception! 

Testimonials

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"I have happily and successfully worked with Catina DeLuna on several occasions to ensure that my Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation in recordings is as good as can be. It is not uncommon for native speakers whom I encounter to take for granted that I, in fact, speak the language fluently - so excellent is the outcome of her coaching. Ms. DeLuna is a patient but exacting coach and I wouldn't dream of recording another composition in that tongue without her by my side."

Kurt Elling - Multi-Grammy Award Winner Jazz Vocalist

Sara Gazarek

Grammy Nominee/ USC Voice Instructor

“I’m incredibly grateful to have had Catina‘s help in navigating the pronunciation of two different portuguese songs before heading into the recording studio — her unwavering patience, clarity in communication, masterful musicianship, and expansive expertise make her an incredible teacher. And her kindness and openness will have me continuing to send my own students her way for years to come!”

Kathleen Grace

USC Voice Instructor

"Not only is Catina a remarkable artist and performer, she is a wise and detailed educator. Her work with our students at USC on Brazilian bossa nova and and the Portuguese language was invaluable and the best breakdown of singing in the language I’ve ever had. No one else can give these students what Catina can give them when it comes to this music and the language. "

Cathy Segal-Garcia

Jazz Vocalist

"Catina DeLuna gave me wonderful instruction on a Brazilian song that I recorded in Portuguese.  I’ve never really sung too much in the language, and Catina is such a wonderful singer and person…she made me feel comfortable with what was coming out of me, gave me pronunciation and phrasing advice that I used well.  I would recommend her coaching for anyone interested in really sounding like you know what you’re doing!"
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