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Ensembles

Art Blakey Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. The ensemble performs transcriptions of Blakey's most famous recordings. For tenor, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Introduction to Ensemble Playing
A class open to all instrumentalists focusing on the beginning concepts of group playing such as feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening. A great class for the beginning jazz player.

NJW Octet
Ensemble with five horns and rhythm section, playing great arrangements!

Small Ensemble
A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.

Guitar Ensemble
Students will learn and perform standards arranged for multiple guitars by Mundell Lowe, Lloyd Wells, and others. Students will learn to play within a group setting gaining reading skills and experience in comping and improvisation. Arrangements will be performed at the end of the six weeks. Requirements: some experience in note reading, basic improvisation and jazz chord voicings.

Advanced Instrumental Ensemble
A performance ensemble for advanced students featuring intensive study of advanced repertoire and improvisational devices.

Advanced Ensemble-New Arrangements of Old Standards
Taking old standards and making them new and exciting can be quite challenging. Learn how to "freshen" the music up. Each student will be required to arrange a tune for the ensemble. By audition.

New Orleans Brass Band Ensemble
A performance-driven class covering historic and contemporary performance practice of the New Orleans Brass Band. The ensemble strives for idiomatic authenticity and stylistic accuracy, as it performs iconic songs from the tradition of the the New Orleans Mardi Gras - and tackles the ongoing legacy of the Brass Band, influenced by rock, soul and swing. Musical artists of study will include Louis Armstrong, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and others. Instrumentation will include drum kit, piano, bass, horns. Intermediate level and beyond.

Duke Ellington Ensemble
An ensemble focusing on the compositions and harmonic style of Duke Ellington. An octet with five horns and rhythm section.

Billy Strayhorn Ensemble
A class covering the harmonies and melodies of the great Billy Strayhorn, famous for his co-writing with the legendary Duke Ellington and his orchestra. For 3 horns and rhythm section.

Clifford Brown/Max Roach Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Ensemble. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Clifford and Max's famous recordings. For trumpet, tenor sax, piano, bass and drums. Intermediate level required.

Miles Davis Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the mid-50's and 60's recordings of the famous quintet. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Miles's famous arrangements. For Trumpet, Alto and Tenor with rhythm section. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

John Coltrane Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire and stylings of the Blue Note years. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Coltrane's most famous compositions. For Tenor, and Rhythm Section. Advanced level required.

Bird & Diz Ensemble
An ensemble focusing on the repertoire and stylings of the mid to late 40's emergence of Bebop. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie's famous recordings and solos. For all horns and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the late 50's-early 60's Dizzy Gillespie band. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Dizzy's famous recordings, including some of the Afro-Cuban tunes. For trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Charles Mingus Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
A class covering the repertoire and history of Charles Mingus. This class is written for 5 horns and a rhythm section. Emphasis will be on ensemble playing. For 2 trumpets, alto, tenor, trombone, piano, bass and drums. Advanced level required.

Horace Silver Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Blue Note years of Horace Silver. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Horace's famous recordings. For trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone and rhythm section. Intermediate to advanced level required.

Thelonious Monk Ensemble
A class covering the history , repertoire and stylings of Monk's original compositions. The ensemble performs orchestrations of selected Monk tunes and concentrates on the particular problems of improvising over Monk's harmonic structures. For Tenor, Alto, Trumpet, Trombone and Rhythm Section. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Wayne Shorter Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Blue Note years of Wayne Shorter. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Wayne's famous recordings. For trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Sonny Rollins Ensemble
A class covering the composistions and history of Sonny Rollins. Emphasis on solo transcription and ensemble playing. For piano or guitar, bass, drums and tenor. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Herbie Hancock Ensemble (Bluenote)
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Blue Note years of Herbie Hancock. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Herbie's famous recordings. For trumpet, tenor, trombone and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Herbie Hancock Ensemble (Electric)
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Herbie Hancock fusion/funk period. For piano, bass, drums, sax, and guitar. Advanced level required.

Cannonball Adderly Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of the group's most famous recordings. For alto sax, trumpet, piano, bass and drums. Intermediate level required.

Jazztet Ensemble
A class covering the hits of the Benny Golson/Art Farmer group "The Jazztet". Classic hits such as "Killer Joe", "Along Came Betty", "Stablemates", "Mox Nix" and several others will be played and performed. The class is arranged for trumpet, tenor, trombone, alto, and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Lee Morgan Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Blue Note years of Lee Morgan. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Lee's famous recordings. For trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Freddie Hubbard Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire and stylings of the great Freddie Hubbard. The ensemble will perform transcriptions of Freddie's most famous original compositions. For trumpet, tenor, trombone, piano, bass, drums. Advanced level required.

Oliver Nelson Ensemble
A class covering the music from the Blues and the Abstract Truth. For 3 saxes and trumpet and rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Dave Brubeck Ensemble
A class covering the classic tunes of Dave Brubeck. Emphasis on odd meters, solo transcription and ensemble playing. For piano, bass, drums and alto. Advanced level required.

Modern Jazz Quartet
A class covering the sound and repertoire of the MJQ, dealing with the chamber music approach of John Lewis's compositions. For vibes, piano, bass and drums. Advanced level required.

George Shearing Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
A class covering the repertoire and the "Shearing Sound." Emphasis on ensemble playing, block chord voicings for piano, and tanscriptions of his most famous songs. For piano, bass, drums, guitar, and vibes. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Bill Evans Trio
A class covering the styles and analysis of the classic Bill Evans Trio sound. Transcriptions will be required. For Piano, bass, drums and guitar. Advanced level required.

Wes Montgomery Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, guitar techniques, and stylings of Wes Montgomery and his trios. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Wes' most famous recordings. For guitar, piano, bass and drums. Intermediate level required.

Grant Green Ensemble
An ensemble covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of Grant Green from his classic Blue Note recordings during the early to mid-60's. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Grant's most famous original compositions as well as standards performed by the master. Instrumentation will include Guitar, B3 Organ, Drums and Tenor Saxophone.

Best of Blue Note Ensemble
An ensemble covering music from the Blue Note era of the 1950's and 60's. Students will study musical selections from Blue Note artists such as Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, and Horace Silver. For 2-3 horns and rhythm section.

Brazilian Music Ensemble
A class covering all major Brazilian styles including Samba, Bossa Nova, Frevo, Maracatu and Baiao. This is a hands/on ensemble setting. For all instruments. Intermediate level required. Pre-requisite for percussionists/ Brazilian Percussion. Offered once a year.

Brazilian Funk Ensemble
An advanced level ensemble covering samba funk and Brazilian tunes in different time signatures. Positions by audition only for piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, and horns. Prerequisite of Brazilian Percussion and/or Brazilian Music Ensemble, or by permission of the instructor.

Stan Getz Bossa Nova Ensemble
A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the early 60's collaborations with Gilberto and Jobim. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of their famous recordings. For tenor, nylon string guitar, voice and rhythm section. Intermediate to advanced level required.

Escola de Samba w/ Dann Sherrill
This 6-week class is the perfect introduction to the sensuous rhythms of Brazilian samba and all its derivatives. Not only will you learn the rhythms but you will learn them on all the major percussion instruments of the Brazilian "bateria" (percussion ensemble). Learning the techniques and the rhythms need not be a struggle. As a matter of fact, the people that play these instruments in the large Escola de Samba ensembles in Brazil are not professional musicians. Most are just regular folks who are crazy for samba and the thrill of being a part of a powerful large ensemble. You will experience this power.

Cal Tjader Ensemble
A class covering the repertoire and stylings of Cal Tjader. Emphasis on ensemble playing, groove and precision. For vibes, guitar, piano, bass and percussion. Advanced level required.

Cuban Music Ensemble
A class offering the foundations of both contemporary and folkloric Cuban music styles, with historic perspectives. This is a hands-on workshop where the players will become familiar with playing salsa in the tradition. For all instruments. Intermediate level required. Pre-requisite for percussionists: Cuban Percussion. Offered once a year.

Jazz Fusion Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
A great class for the contemporary jazz student wanting to learn about groove, concepts of time, and a variety of tunes associated with contemporary modern jazz. The class is arranged for trumpet, tenor, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Weather Report Ensemble
A class covering the most famous recordings of this band. Emphasis on groove, soloing, and most of all... how to play as a group. Former Weather Report drummer Chester Thompson will conduct this ensemble. For piano, bass, drums, percussion and sax. Audition only.

Pat Metheny Ensemble
A class covering the repertoire and stylings of Pat Metheny. Emphasis will be made on sound, odd meters and improvisation. The ensemble will perform some of Pat's famous songs. For Guitar, percussion and full rhythm section. Advanced level required.

George Benson Ensemble
A class focusing on the music of the legendary jazz guitarist George Benson. The ensemble will feature drums, bass, B-3 organ, bari sax, and guitar. Emphasis will be on the early years of Benson's career, including the records "The New Boss Guitar of George Benson", "It's Uptown", and "The George Benson Cookbook." In addition to performing Benson's compositions, students will also perform Benson’s solo transcriptions with an analytical emphasis on his tone, touch, musical vocabulary, and phrasing.

Yellowjackets Ensemble
A class covering the repertoire and stylings of one of the 21st century's most important instrumental jazz fusion group. The ensemble will perform actual arrangements and transcriptions. For tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion. Advanced level required.

Steps Ahead Ensemble
A class covering the most famous recordings from the ground breaking jazz fusion group "Steps Ahead". The ensemble will perform actual arrangements and transcriptions. For vibes, tenor, guitar, piano, bass, drums. Advanced level required.

Brecker Brothers Ensemble
A class covering the repertoire and style of the Brecker Brothers sound. The ensemble will perform some of Michael and Randy's most famous tunes. For tenor, trumpet, alto and full rhythm section. Advanced level required.

Chick Corea Ensemble
A class covering the early recordings of Chick to the music from 'Return to Forever.' For piano, bass, drums, sax and voice. Advanced level required.

Chick Corea Electric Band Ensemble
A class covering the progressive era of Chick Corea's musical life. Ensemble will play transcriptions from Chick's Electric Band catalog. This class is arranged for sax, keyboards, bass, drums and guitar. Advanced level required.

Tower of Power Ensemble
A class covering the repertoire and style of this famous funk band. Emphasis on precision and groove. The ensemble will perform some of Tower of Power's greatest hits. For tenor, trumpet, baritone sax and full rhythm section. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Soul Jazz Ensemble
Intermediate to Advanced Ensemble covering great soul jazz tunes from artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, & Stanley Turrentine.

Acid Jazz Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
A class covering the history, groove and stylings of Acid Jazz. Emphasis will be groove along with intense study of some of the famous Blue Note groove tunes. Intermediate level required. For piano, bass, drums, guitar, horn.

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Styles and Technique

Comping Techniques for Pianists
Comping behind a soloist is an art form all in its own. Being a good comper is just as important as being a good soloist. By providing a rhythmic and harmonic bed for an ensemble, comping is the most important job of a pianist and/or guitarist. This six -week class will explore patterns and rhythmic figures that are important to accompany a soloist. Intermediate level required.

Rhythm Section Workout

Guitar Comping
A 2 hour class covering many 'comping' concepts specifically geared for the beginning to intermediate guitarist. Drop 2, Drop 3, and pianistic voicings will be discussed as they pertain to standards and more specifically the ii/V/I progression. Harmonization techniques including Wes Montgomery block-chord style will be covered as well as Joe Pass walking bass line style of playing. Rhythmic devices as well as beginning tension and chord substitution will also be discussed. This class is an excellent way for the guitarist to get deeper inside his/her role of comping.

Introduction to Basic Piano Skills for Vocalists and Instrumentalists
A beginning class for all instrumentalists and vocalists who want to be able to accompany themselves and read basic chord charts. Topics covered 4 note chords, ii-V- I progressions and bass lines.

Jazz Bass Styles
Learn great walking bass lines, other jazz styles such as waltz, odd meter, ballads, latin styles such as Samba, Cha Cha, Mambo, and Rumba. A class for acoustic and electric bass players.

Easy Jazz Guitar
Class is designed for beginning jazz guitarists, advanced beginners, and players versed in other styles who want to make the transition to jazz. Focus is on simple chord shapes and rhythms to get a jazz sound; chord voicings; comping rhythms; and guide tones.

Jazz Guitar Voicings
For guitarists who want to move beyond vanilla "guitar chords" to authentic jazz voicings. The class will begin with 3rds & 7ths (guide tones), and move through triads and quartal voicings. Students will apply voicings over jazz blues progressions.

Blues and Swing Guitar
This class is for the intermediate to advanced guitarist wanting to focus on the Blues and Swing style. Slide techniques, finger and chordal style and rhythm playing will be the focus. The six week session will cover Chicago Blues, Gospel, Jazz Blues and Minor blues. Students will also develop strong melodic solos.

Blues Concepts For the Jazz Guitarist
This class will cover chord voicings, comping,and chord substitutions on both minor and major jazz blues forms. We will study some important blues compositions and soloing ideas by Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery and others. Also covered will be blues tunes that adapt well to the solo guitar.

Chord Melodies for Guitar
An introduction to creating your own arrangements for solo guitar. We will study chord voicings, bass line movement, chord substitution and key placement. Styles covered will be ballads, latin, jazz waltz and swing. The objective is to become a more complete guitar player.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar
The study of brazilian guitar and its function in bossa nova and samba. Learn voicings, rhythms and comping patterns essential to this style. This is a pre-requisite class to the Brazilian Ensemble.

Wes Montgomery Guitar Style
An intensive study of the greatest and most influential jazz guitarist in history. Class will focus on Wes Montgomery's repertoire, technique, chord voicings, improvisation and transcription.

Pat Matheny Guitar Class
The Pat Metheny Guitar Class is an in-depth look into the life and music of Pat Metheny. The course will feature a transcription analysis of the rhythmic and harmonic aspects of several of Metheny's solos, as well the incorporation of his solo ideas into other popular standards. In addition, the course will involve the analysis and performance of several of Metheny's original compositions from the "Bright Size Life" era.

Pat Martino Guitar Style
This class will focus on the history, repertoire, and guitar styling of jazz guitar great, Pat Martino. Students will perform transcriptions of some of Pat's greatest recordings. Strong emphasis of tone, touch, and rhythmic sensibility included. Intermediate to Advanced only.

The Music & Guitar Stylings of John Scofield
This course explores the characteristic guitar style of John Scofield- specifically his rock and blues influence, post-bop language, sound effects, and more. These techniques and harmonic concepts will be taught primarily through written transcription and analysis, but also through listening to recordings and the instructor's pre-transcribed content. His characteristic techniques will be applied to the improvised sections of both Scofield's original tunes and to some standard jazz chord progressions in an interactive ensemble setting.

Jazz Chops for Guitarists
A class for guitarists to play faster and with greater fluency without tensing up. Learn to play bebop lines and edge the tempos up.

Charlie Christian and the Swing Era Jazz Guitar Style
This 6-week class will focus on the single-line soloing style of Charlie Christian as well as other prominent late Swing Era guitarists. Topics covered will include developing ideas through the use of chord grips & arpeggios, chord substitution practices, incorporation of blues elements, phrasing, and comping.

Jimmy Raney Guitar Style
Jimmy Raney was best known for some of his small ensemble work such as Stan Getz and Buddy Defranco. He was able to blend his style with any venue, while distinguishing himself as an individual artist and soloist as well. Class will focus on Jimmy's repertoire, technique, chord voicings, improvisations and transcriptions.

Solo Guitar
A class focusing on the elements of solo jazz guitar -- melody, comping, and bass lines -- and how to combine these to make music using the entire guitar.

Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1
A beginning look at 4 note chords and their inversions, then moving to upper structures, such as 9, 11 and 13 chords and their alterations. Learn to play these in several positions. Emphasis on ii-V-I's and their inversions.

Jazz Keyboard Voicings 2
A continuation of Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1. Emphasis on sight reading chord charts, right and left hand voicings and more upper structure voicings with alterations.

Latin Piano
An overview study of Salsa, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian piano. Students learn montunos, Latin bass lines, comping patterns for Bossa Nova and Samba and percussion rhythms, and how they fit together and relate to the clave. Students gain a deeper awareness of rhythm. Intermediate level. Pre-requisites- Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1 and 2.

Advanced Keyboard Voicings
Emphasis on right and left land voicings, upper structures and how to voice lead. Explore when to use tritone substitutions, alternate voicings and more advanced comping patterns. Advanced level required

Introduction to Solo Piano
Work on composing your own arrangements of standard repertoire and how to execute it in a solo format. Components discussed will be stride, Shearing Voicings, stylistic considerations, tempo vs rubato, intros or endings, soloing, bass lines, harmonic movement and TIME.

Jazz Piano Master Class
Open to intermediate to advanced pianists. Students will prepare a solo piano piece to play each week. These performances will serve as a springboard for discussion and examples of what and how to practice. Topics covered will include harmonization techniques, voicings and textures, melodic phrasing, improvisation, repertoire, and historical styles.

New Orleans Piano Styles
The class will be a performance oriented retrospective of New Orleans piano styles, including the songs and piano playing styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Albert Ammons, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, and Dr. John, as well as others. My instruction will include written scores as well as CDs and videos. Topics will include the various approaches to 12 and 16 bar blues form as well as boogie and stride left hand patterns and turnarounds, as well as the application of New Orleans' rhythmic influences on other popular music

Salsa Piano
Learn traditional piano montunos needed for playing in Cuban ensemble. Learn the difference in the two claves and how the piano montuno is shaped around each of them.

How To Accompany A Soloist
Whether it is a vocalist or another instrumentalist, a pianist or guitarist must be able to support the soloist. Emphasis on comping, bass lines, voicings, intros and endings. Students will get to work with vocalists and horn players. A great class for the working musician. Advanced Level. Pre-requsites- Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1 and 2, Intros and Endings, and a background of ensemble playing.

Rhythm Section Grooves for Instrumentalists
An important class for rhythm section players, this course explains the different rhythmic grooves or styles that a instrumentalist should know how to play: slow swing, ballad, medium swing, fast swing, straight ballad, swing ballad, jazz waltz, bossa nova, samba, mambo, cha-cha, bolero, rhumba funk, straight 8ths, straight 16ths, etc. Students will learn to recognize and play all of these styles with a better understanding of what each instrument does within each groove. (Suggested prerequisites: Small Ensemble, Comping for Pianists and Guitarists, Jazz Drumset )

The Art of the Duo - 12-Week Course
For both vocalists and instrumentalists. (Pianists and Guitarists)
Learn to play as a duo by exploring your role as accompanist or soloist. In this class, you will work together on creative arrangements and practice communicating song literature through rhythmic and melodic accuracy. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
Prerequisite: Intermediate to advanced level required

Intros and Endings
For Pianists and Guitarists-- a study of standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. Learning these intros and endings will be essential for the performing musician.

Introduction to the B3 Organ
A class covering the ins and outs of the Hammond Organ. Starting with a brief history of the instrument and how the instrument got into jazz and blues, the class offers in-depth instruction on using the drawbars, the playing touch (different than piano), use of the expression pedal, the difference between a Leslie speaker and 'straight' ones, discussion of Hammond 'clones.' Also addressed is left hand bass and the bass pedals. The class is primarily directed to pianists who want to know how play the Hammond.

Jazz Drumset Essentials
This will introduce the beginning jazz drummer basic ride patterns, latin patterns, comping, song forms and an introduction to brushes.

The Essence of Brushwork
A class focuing on all the necessary time keeping patterns, and on new and useful brush techniques to help the execution of the time and solo work. Students will also focus on sound and its purpose.

It's About Time
A class for drummers and bassists designed to center the player's time. The class work includes metronome studies, time studies, and discussion of the role of drums and bass as timekeeper.

Get In The Pocket
An essential class for the intermediate to advanced instrumentalist wanting to learn to get inside the time. Emphasis on playing with only a drummer. The class also covers the beginnings of playing time on the drumset.

Drumset Improvisation 1
A class covering the concepts and techniques needed to create 'musical vehicles', such as 4's, 8's and full choruses. Students will compose and play their own solos.

Drumset Improvisation 2
A continuation of Drumset Improv 1 with an emphasis on applying to standard repertoire. Students will play more melodies and building into full blown choruses. Pre-requisite Drumset Improvisation 1.

Art Blakey Drumset
A class for drummers covering the styles and techniques of Art Blakey. This is an intensive study of a jazz master and his contribution to jazz drumming. Transcribing and technique will be emphasized. This class is a pre-requisite to the Art Blakey Ensemble. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Max Roach Drumset
A class for drummers covering the time and solo techniques of Max Roach. This is a great class for improvisation on the drumset. Transcribing and technique will be emphasized. This is a pre-requisite to the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Ensemble. Intermediate level required.

Chester Thompson Drumset Master Class
A six-week course with drumming legend Chester Thompson. Each week will be a new topic varying from styles, technique, odd meters, brush work, triplets and solid time. Read more about Chester at www.chesterthompson.com. Intermediate to Advanced level.

Chart Reading for Drummers with Duffy Jackson
Learn from legendary big band drummer Duffy Jackson on how to look for figures in charts and successfully lead an ensemble or big band. Duffy has played and recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Artie Shaw, Monty Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald just to name a few. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Latin Drumset Class
A class for the the intermediate to advanced drumset player wanting to learn Brazilian and Cuban styles.

Drumming With Your Hands
Taught by legendary Nashville drummer Kenny Malone, this class teaches Malone's system of hand drumming in simple terms and covers such fundamentals as ranges: low to high tones, open and muffled sounds, strong and weak beats, long and short sounds, dynamics, establishing the dance, and communicating with other musicians in the moment.

Nothing But The Conga
In order to play Cuban music convincingly it is essential to have an understanding of the conga drum, also known as the tumbadoras. It is not possible to play the other percussion instruments convincingly without this knowledge. This 6-week course is designed to provide the student with grounding in conga technique. It is strongy recommended that participants own a conga drum.

Cuban Percussion
This class will focus on all the instruments of the Cuban rhythm section: Conga, Bongo, Timbales, as well as guiro, merengue guira, maracas and shekere. The participants will also get a firm grasp of how clave functions in Cuban music and how all the percussion parts fit together in clave. We will also cover how songs in Cuban music and Salsa are constructed, breaks, intros (how to come in properly) and 'when to play what.' This course is a pre-requisite for the Cuban Music Ensemble.

Pandeiro Fundamentals
The Pandeiro has earned a prominent place in the musical culture of Brazil because of its pervasive use and historic significance in Brazilian music. Spend six weeks learning this amazing instrument. The class will focus on fundamental sounds, exercises to keep your hands and arms healthy and strong, and essential styles and patterns including Sambas, Partido Alto, Baiao, Forro, Maracatu and many more.

Brazilian Percussion
This class covers the major styles of Brazilian music and the associated styles, instruments, and techniques. Instruments include the Pandeiro, Ganza, Caxixi, Chekere, Surdo, Tamborim,Timbau & Repinique, Agogo, Caixa (Snare Drum), Berimbau, Atabaque, and Quica.

The Brazilian Rhythm Section
This class is open to drum set, bass, guitar, and keyboard players. Materials covered will include basic Bossa Nova and Samba grooves as well as regional variations (Frevo, Forro, etc.) and contemporary Jazz and Funk variations.

World Percussion Master Class
In this six week class, each class will be devoted to a different style derived from the country it originated from. Topics covered are, African drumming, Cuban percussion, Indian drumming, Brazilian percussion and auxiliary percussion used in various situations.

Nashville Guitar Cats
A six -week class with some of Nashville's most famous and most recorded guitarists. Learn tricks from the legends that put Nashville on the map. Each week will be a new guest artist talking about their career and playing recordings they made famous. Past guests have included Jimmy Capps, Harold Bradley, Andy Reiss, Pat Bergeson, Reggie Young, & Leon Rhodes. Anyone can take this class.

Nashville Bass Cats
A six-week class with some of Nashville's most famous and most recorded bass players. Learn tricks from the legends that made them the "Boss" of the bottom end of the music. Each week will be a new guest artist talking about their career and playing recordings they made famous. Past guests have included Bob Babbitt, Victor Wooten, Robert "Pops" Popwell, Roy Vogt, Dave Pomeroy, Roger Spencer, & Bob Moore. Anyone can take this class.

Nashville Drum Cats
A six-week class with some of Nashville's most famous and most recorded studio drummers. Learn tricks that made these legends the foundation of some of Nashville's most recorded music. Each week a new guest artist will talk about their career and play recordings they made famous. Past guests have included Kenny Malone, Bob Mater, Greg Morrow, Gene Chrisman, Chester Thompson, Tommy Wells, and John Hammond. Anyone can take this class.

Nashville Keyboard Cats
A six -week class with some of Nashville's most famous and most recorded keyboardists. Learn tricks from the legends that put that put them at the top in their field. Each week will be a new guest artist talking about their career and playing recordings they made famous. Past guests have included Shane Keister, Pat Coil, Beegie Adair, Bill Pursell, John Hobbs, & Matt Rawlings. Anyone can take this class.

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Improvisation

Beginning Jazz Improvisation
A class focusing on the study of chords, scales, modes, simple patterns and harmonic structure. For all instruments.

The ii-V-I Progression
A class introducing the musician to the most important chord progression in jazz. This class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis and technique.

ii-V-I's for Guitar
A class introducing guitarists to the most important chord progression in jazz. This class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis and technique. This curriculum is designed for the intermediate/advanced beginners and players versed in other styles who want to make the transition to a more “jazz-oriented” sound. Topics will include voice leading arpeggios, guide-tone lines, the development of ii-V’s (in major and minor keys) as well as the application of these ideas in common song structures (Blues, Rhythm Changes, and standards). Transcriptions and recordings will be used to reinforce topics discussed during this 6 week class.

Blues Improvisation
A class introducing the musician to the blues, and various ways to improv over standard changes and substitutions. This class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis and technique. The class will also look at Minor blues. Intermediate level required.

Minor ii-V's and Diminished Patterns
A class covering the minor ii7b5-V7b9-I6 progression. Emphasis on diminished scales and their purpose and patterns that will work over this progression. This class is a blend of ear training and analysis as well. Intermediate level required.

Rhythm Changes
A class introducing the musician to the standard 'I Got Rhythm' chord changes and various ways to improvise over these changes. This class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis, and technique. Intermediate level required.

Bebop Scales and Patterns
The Bebop scale started to appear in the 50's and 60's as a way of enhancing the flexibility of the major scale/mixolydian scale and creating a more melodic and complex sound. Learn these scales along with interesting patterns that will make you sound like a pro!

Contemporary Improvisation for Jazz Guitar
This intermediate-to-advanced level class will include: An overview of techniques such as alternate picking, legato, & economy picking; overview of prominent contemporary guitarists; intervallic improvisation; superlocrian, whole tone, & diminished concepts; outside playing; tone; three note voicings, quartal harmony, quintal harmony, 'George Van Eps' style voicings.

Modal Workout
Focusing on modal tunes and modal sounds derived from melodic minor and "exotic" scales. This will include motivic development and some discussion of "color tones" and shapes derived from certain modal sounds and structures.

Exploring Dominants
This advanced improvisation class will explore the six various dominant-seventh chord types from a theoretical standpoint, and will help students understand when each one is most commonly used in jazz. Students will learn to play scales, modes & licks over each dominant type, and will learn how to decipher chord extensions and alterations when none are specified on given chord-charts. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments and be ready to play!

Melodic Approach to Upper Extensions
An advanced improvisation class covering the possibilities of incorporating upper extensions, such as (9,b9,#9, #11, 13, b13) into beautiful melodic solos. Students will also be required to transcribe.

Voice Leading
Voice Leading is about playing the changes and developing a language. This class focuses on examining existing solos and elements related to voice-leading, ultimately working towards writing out your own lines and focusing on playing important chord pitches in good rhythmic locations.

Advanced Improvisation
A class covering complex harmonic structures, transcription and analysis of jazz solos. Application to bebop and modal style of tunes.

Bebop and Post-Bop Vocabulary for the Intermediate to Advanced Improvisor
This class will cover jazz and non-jazz improvisational tools for expanding your melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic vocabulary. Along with pure free improvisation, the bebop and post bebop vocabulary of Charlie Parker and Wayne Shorter will be explored in this hands-on class.

Improvisation by Ear
A class introducing the musician to call and response. Listening and playing it back. The class will work through different forms such as blues and rhythm changes as will as ii-V patterns. An essential class for the musician who is looking to strengthen their ear training abilities.

Solo Transcription
A class covering techniques involved in melodic, harmonic and rhythmic transcription of improvised solos from recordings. Intermediate level required.

Learning Tunes by Ear
A class examining the harmonic and melodic structures that are common to popular song form and jazz compositions. By analyzing and recognizing these structures, the musician will be able to more readily commit compositions to memory.

Thelonious Monk Improvisation
Improvisation class is open to intermediate to advanced instrumentalists and vocalists. Prior improvisational experience is suggested. The class will examine a few important works by the composer, first analyzing the pieces and studying the recordings made by Monk (and others when relevant), then identifying, and putting into practice, specific techniques for improvisation over each piece. The class will be a "laboratory" setting, with much group playing, interaction, and discussion.

Charlie Parker Improvisation
Learn the tunes and solos of one of the greatest saxophone players in our history. Emphasis is on transcription and technical execution of the tunes. This is a 2-part class, with part 2 focusing on performance and students writing a bebop head in the style of Charlie Parker. The Charlie Parker Omnibook is a required text for this class (can be ordered from www.jazzbooks.com).

Bill Evans Improvisation
A study of the music of Bill Evans, with analysis of his improvisational style and solo transcription. Geared for pianists and guitarists.

Why We Play, What We Play
This class will focus on the reason we play a song the way we do. This is not a theory class, but a class that deals with communication and sharing of the emotion in music. We will cover a range of songs from sad to joyful. The purpose is to discover who we are as individuals in this music. There was a reason why monk, dizzy, duke and others played the way they did. Find out who you are in this music.

Standard Repertoire for Instrumentalists
For players looking to start and develop their jazz repertoire. Focusing on Standards that are commonly played and called in performance situations. Additional focus on standard forms, chord progressions, and performance practices that are found in a number of jazz standards. The first step in building a good "tune list."

Odd and Multi-Meter Tunes
This class will explore music with odd or multi-meter time signatures. Composers studied will include: John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, and Danilo Perez. After analyzing the music aurally various exercises will be used to internalize the meter(s). Finally, the class will play the music with greater confidence and become actively engaged in the creative process of improvising in odd and multi-meters. This class is for intermediate to advanced musicians with prior experience with improvisation, and may be audited by non-musicians with an interest in learning more about this music.

Uptempo Tunes for Instrumentalists
Playing uptempo tunes seems to always be a challenge for any instrumentalist. Here is a chance to work on your chops by playing nothing but uptempo tunes for six weeks. Not only will it help your technique and improvisation skills, but you will also learn the tunes that are frequently called on the bandstand. The class will also work through different styles at fast tempos, such as sambas, waltzes and odd meters. A great class for the intermediate to advanced instrumentalist.

Instrumental Master Class
A class designed to advance students towards a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics vary on instructor.

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Theory and Composition

Ear Training 1
This is an essential core class for all singers. Students will learn to recognize and indentify intervals, develop good relative pitch, sing and identify triads and their inversions (major, minor, diminished and augmented), and sing roots of chords within a song. Students will be given minimal dictation with simple melody lines.

Chart Writing for Vocalists
This beginning class covers the basics of theory, notation, and writing simple chord charts. Students will also learn about intros and endings to tunes.

Basic Music Notation
An introduction to the written side of music, this class will help students make their charts look clean, professional, and legible. Students will study key signatures and learn the correct way to handwrite notes, stems, clefs, measures, spacing of beats within the measure, accidentals (sharps, flats, natural signs), chord symbols, and more.

Jazz Harmony
This class begins with fundamentals of theory: key signatures, major and minor scales, and their importance in understanding jazz harmony. Standard jazz literature will provide study material to learn about chord types, chord progression and aids to memorization. Mastery of these basic elements will pave the way for understanding more complex harmonic structures.

Ear Training 2
A continuation of Ear Training 1, this class focuses on four-note chords and the upper extensions, such as 9's, 11's and 13's and their alterations. Students will gain a better understanding of how melodic and harmonic structures are developed. Rhythmic dictation and sight singing will be introduced.

Beginning Sightreading for Vocalists & Instrumentalists
A beginning class on how to sight read charts, single line melodies and 4 voice harmony parts. This is a core class and important to the growth of the jazz musician.

Interpreting a Lead Sheet: the ii-V-I
This class focuses on chord vocabulary, changing key centers and their significance to the tune. Suitable for keyboardists, instrumentalists and vocalists. Participants need basic understanding of chord symbolization and some basic keyboard skills. Course can be of value even if these skills are not well-developed.

Beginning Arranging
An introduction to arranging for a small group. The class begins with lead sheets and trio arrangements, progressing to arrangements for horns.

Original Jazz Composition
A class on original student compositions. This class will cover different forms and styles of jazz, including blues, minor blues, rhythm changes, modal tunes, and writing in the style of famous jazz composers. Notation will be discussed, along with helpful tools for sight reading. Intermediate to advanced level. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Arranging for Guitar
A class for the intermediate to advanced guitarist that will focus on using the different elements of the guitar (chords, melody, bass lines) to create interesting arrangements. This is a great class for guitarists who would like to improve their ability to play with a vocalist or other instrumentalist in a duo or trio situation.

Lyric Writing
This class examines lyrics of the famous composers, including Broadway, Hollywood, and jazz writers. Topics include rhyme schemes and song forms as they apply to the lyric,. Students bring in their own writing, find and bring in various lyrics, and bring and perform their own songs for critique. The class also looks at how Western Literature and poetry influenced major lyricists such as Johnny Mercer, E.Y. Harburg, and Lorenz Hart.

Soul Song: Set Your Inner Musician Free
This class is for all musicians - singers, instrumentalists, and writers alike! The course will focus on releasing the blocks that stand in the way of feeling freedom, ease, and joy in making music, and building skills for more effective practice and ultimately a more effortless experience of music making. Through group discussion, journaling, lyric writing, and mindful practicing we will discover how the masters approach their instruments and music. The course will utilize exercises from The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, and The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten. A blank journal will be provided, and the book Effortless Mastery is the required text for the class.

Using Print Music
This introductory course will cover the basics of using Finale PrintMusic. Time will be spent on inputting notation, preparing professional-looking lead-sheets, and making scores and parts for performance or publication.

Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart
This course will focus on the creation of rhythm section parts, starting with basic chord charts, master rhythm charts and finally fully notated charts for the basic 4-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums). There will be a concentration on proper notation, layout and techniques for printing and preparing charts for live performance and recording. The student will learn to create charts that prevent time consuming questions and confusion that can bog down a rehearsal or recording session. In the course of this study, the student will gain a deeper understanding using the music notation programs Sibelius and Finale. Course requirements: Any of the following music notation programs: Sibelius, Sibelius First, Finale or Finale Print Music.

Recording With Logic Pro
This class will teach students how to work with the Logic Pro recording and editing software, with workflows that allow for quick music creation. Students will learn basic functions of the software and its pre-bundled instruments. No previous knowledge of recording technology is necessary; basic proficiency in Mac OS X is needed.

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Drum Classes

Drumset Improvisation 1
A class covering the concepts and techniques needed to create 'musical vehicles', such as 4's, 8's and full choruses. Students will compose and play their own solos.

Drumset Improvisation 2
A continuation of Drumset Improv 1 with an emphasis on applying to standard repertoire. Students will play more melodies and building into full blown choruses. Pre-requisite Drumset Improvisation 1.

Art Blakey Drumset
A class for drummers covering the styles and techniques of Art Blakey. This is an intensive study of a jazz master and his contribution to jazz drumming. Transcribing and technique will be emphasized. This class is a pre-requisite to the Art Blakey Ensemble. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Max Roach Drumset
A class for drummers covering the time and solo techniques of Max Roach. This is a great class for improvisation on the drumset. Transcribing and technique will be emphasized. This is a pre-requisite to the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Ensemble. Intermediate level required.

Chart Reading for Drummers with Duffy Jackson
Learn from legendary big band drummer Duffy Jackson on how to look for figures in charts and successfully lead an ensemble or big band. Duffy has played and recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Artie Shaw, Monty Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald just to name a few. Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Latin Drumset Class
A class for the the intermediate to advanced drumset player wanting to learn Brazilian and Cuban styles.

The Essence of Brushwork
A class focuing on all the necessary time keeping patterns, and on new and useful brush techniques to help the execution of the time and solo work. Students will also focus on sound and its purpose.

Cuban Percussion
This class will focus on all the instruments of the Cuban rhythm section: Conga, Bongo, Timbales, as well as guiro, merengue guira, maracas and shekere. The participants will also get a firm grasp of how clave functions in Cuban music and how all the percussion parts fit together in clave. We will also cover how songs in Cuban music and Salsa are constructed, breaks, intros (how to come in properly) and 'when to play what.' This course is a pre-requisite for the Cuban Music Ensemble.

Brazilian Percussion
This class covers the major styles of Brazilian music and the associated styles, instruments, and techniques. Instruments include the Pandeiro, Ganza, Caxixi, Chekere, Surdo, Tamborim,Timbau & Repinique, Agogo, Caixa (Snare Drum), Berimbau, Atabaque, and Quica.

Nothing But The Conga
In order to play Cuban music convincingly it is essential to have an understanding of the conga drum, also known as the tumbadoras. It is not possible to play the other percussion instruments convincingly without this knowledge. This 6-week course is designed to provide the student with grounding in conga technique. It is strongy recommended that participants own a conga drum.

Pandeiro Fundamentals
The Pandeiro has earned a prominent place in the musical culture of Brazil because of its pervasive use and historic significance in Brazilian music. Spend six weeks learning this amazing instrument. The class will focus on fundamental sounds, exercises to keep your hands and arms healthy and strong, and essential styles and patterns including Sambas, Partido Alto, Baiao, Forro, Maracatu and many more.

World Percussion Master Class
In this six week class, each class will be devoted to a different style derived from the country it originated from. Topics covered are, African drumming, Cuban percussion, Indian drumming, Brazilian percussion and auxiliary percussion used in various situations.

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Piano Classes

Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1
A beginning look at 4 note chords and their inversions, then moving to upper structures, such as 9, 11 and 13 chords and their alterations. Learn to play these in several positions. Emphasis on ii-V-I's and their inversions.

Jazz Keyboard Voicings 2
A continuation of Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1. Emphasis on sight reading chord charts, right and left hand voicings and more upper structure voicings with alterations.

Intros and Endings
For Pianists and Guitarists-- a study of standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. Learning these intros and endings will be essential for the performing musician.

Salsa Piano
Learn traditional piano montunos needed for playing in Cuban ensemble. Learn the difference in the two claves and how the piano montuno is shaped around each of them.

How To Accompany A Soloist
Whether it is a vocalist or another instrumentalist, a pianist or guitarist must be able to support the soloist. Emphasis on comping, bass lines, voicings, intros and endings. Students will get to work with vocalists and horn players. A great class for the working musician. Advanced Level. Pre-requsites- Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1 and 2, Intros and Endings, and a background of ensemble playing.

Bill Evans Improvisation
A study of the music of Bill Evans, with analysis of his improvisational style and solo transcription. Geared for pianists and guitarists.

Advanced Keyboard Voicings
Emphasis on right and left land voicings, upper structures and how to voice lead. Explore when to use tritone substitutions, alternate voicings and more advanced comping patterns. Advanced level required

Introduction to Solo Piano
Work on composing your own arrangements of standard repertoire and how to execute it in a solo format. Components discussed will be stride, Shearing Voicings, stylistic considerations, tempo vs rubato, intros or endings, soloing, bass lines, harmonic movement and TIME.

New Orleans Piano Styles
The class will be a performance oriented retrospective of New Orleans piano styles, including the songs and piano playing styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Albert Ammons, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, and Dr. John, as well as others. My instruction will include written scores as well as CDs and videos. Topics will include the various approaches to 12 and 16 bar blues form as well as boogie and stride left hand patterns and turnarounds, as well as the application of New Orleans' rhythmic influences on other popular music

Jazz Piano Master Class
Open to intermediate to advanced pianists. Students will prepare a solo piano piece to play each week. These performances will serve as a springboard for discussion and examples of what and how to practice. Topics covered will include harmonization techniques, voicings and textures, melodic phrasing, improvisation, repertoire, and historical styles.

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Guitar Classes

Chord Melodies for Guitar
An introduction to creating your own arrangements for solo guitar. We will study chord voicings, bass line movement, chord substitution and key placement. Styles covered will be ballads, latin, jazz waltz and swing. The objective is to become a more complete guitar player.

Jazz Guitar Voicings
For guitarists who want to move beyond vanilla "guitar chords" to authentic jazz voicings. The class will begin with 3rds & 7ths (guide tones), and move through triads and quartal voicings. Students will apply voicings over jazz blues progressions.

Jazz Chops for Guitarists
A class for guitarists to play faster and with greater fluency without tensing up. Learn to play bebop lines and edge the tempos up.

Intros and Endings
For Pianists and Guitarists-- a study of standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. Learning these intros and endings will be essential for the performing musician.

How To Accompany A Soloist
Whether it is a vocalist or another instrumentalist, a pianist or guitarist must be able to support the soloist. Emphasis on comping, bass lines, voicings, intros and endings. Students will get to work with vocalists and horn players. A great class for the working musician. Advanced Level. Pre-requsites- Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1 and 2, Intros and Endings, and a background of ensemble playing.

Arranging for Guitar
A class for the intermediate to advanced guitarist that will focus on using the different elements of the guitar (chords, melody, bass lines) to create interesting arrangements. This is a great class for guitarists who would like to improve their ability to play with a vocalist or other instrumentalist in a duo or trio situation.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar
The study of brazilian guitar and its function in bossa nova and samba. Learn voicings, rhythms and comping patterns essential to this style. This is a pre-requisite class to the Brazilian Ensemble.

Solo Guitar
A class focusing on the elements of solo jazz guitar -- melody, comping, and bass lines -- and how to combine these to make music using the entire guitar.

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