Instrumental Certificates

Jazz Musicianship

10 Sessions

  • 3 Improvisation Sessions
  • 4 Styles and Technique Sessions
  • 3 Ensemble Sessions

Improvisation (3 sessions)

  • Required (3)**
    • Beginning Improvisation
    • Blues Improvisation
    • The ii-V-I Progression
  • Electives
    • Minor ii-V's and Diminished Patterns
    • Rhythm Changes
    • Bebop Scales and Patterns
    • Modal Approach to Altered Chords
    • Exploring Dominants
    • Solo Transcription
    • Instrumental Masterclass (Special Topics)

Styles and technique (4 sessions)

  • Required (4)**
    • Ear Training 1
    • Ear Training 2
    • Rhythm Section Grooves
    • Get In the Pocket
  • Instrument Specific Electives
    • For Horns
      • Instrumental Masterclass (Special Topics)
      • Solo Transcription
      • Charlie Parker Improvisation Styles
      • Standard Repertoire for Instrumentalists
      • Original Jazz Composition
      • Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart
      • Rhythm Section Grooves for Instrumentalists
      • Get in the Pocket
      • Exploring Dominants
      • Intros and Endings
      • Modal Approach to Altered Chords
    • For Piano
      • Jazz Keyboard Voicings I
      • Introduction to Solo Piano
      • Intros and Endings
      • How to Accompany a Soloist
      • The Art of the Duo
      • Comping Techniques for Pianists
      • Jazz Piano Masterclass
      • Get in the Pocket
      • Rhythm Section Grooves
      • Original Jazz Composition
      • Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart
      • Instrumental Masterclass (Special Topics)
      • Accompanying Experience (Playing for Specific Classes)
    • For Guitar
      • Jazz Guitar Comping
      • Intro to Chord Melodies for Guitar
      • Intros and Endings
      • Blues and Swing Guitar
      • How to Accompany a Soloist
      • Advanced Solo Jazz Guitar
      • Charlie Christian and the Swing Era Jazz Guitar Style
      • Wes Montgomery Guitar Style
      • Jimmy Raney Guitar Style
      • Intro to Brazilian Guitar
      • Instrumental Masterclass (Special Topics)
    • For Drums
      • Jazz Drumset Essentials
      • The Essence of Brushwork
      • Its About Time
      • Drumset Improvisation
      • Latin Drumset
      • Brazilian Percussion
      • Cuban Percussion
      • Nothing but the Conga
      • Instrumental Masterclass (Special Topics)
    • For Bass
      • Instrumental Masterclass (Walking Bass Lines)
      • Solo Transcription
      • Standard Rep for Instrumentalists
      • Original Jazz Composition
      • Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart
      • Rhythm Section Grooves for Instrumentalists
      • Get in the Pocket
      • Exploring Dominants
      • Intros and Endings
      • Modal Approach to Altered Chords

Ensembles (3 sessions)

  • Required (1)**
    • Intro to Ensemble Playing*
  • Elective (2)
    • Choose from any Ensemble in the Catalog

*Class may be repeated
**Advanced students may audition out of required classes. Session requirement can be taken from Electives