Upcoming Classes

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: July 8 to 25

Monday 6 pm

  • Advanced Vocal: Contemporary Vocal Literature - Part 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Learn how to present contemporary classics from a jazz point of view. Re-imagine songs like "Killing Me Softly," "How Sweet It Is," and "A House Is Not A Home." This is a great class for vocalists interested in filling out their repertoire with more current material while still keeping it "jazz." Students must be able to write their own charts. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    HOW TO LEARN TUNES
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.
  • The Voice Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Margaret Rose
    LEIPERS FORK LOCATION
    Focusing on natural voice and conversational phrasing, students will learn from diagnostic techniques to evaluate performance and correct common vocal and performance problems. Voice Lab can be repeated or used as a review.
  • Wes Montgomery Guitar Style
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Paul Abrams
    Wes Montgomery was one of the greatest and most influential jazz guitarists in history. This class will focus on Wes's repertoire, technique, chord voicings, improvisation, and transcriptions.

Monday 8 pm

  • Standard Repertoire for Instrumentalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This is a great class for players looking to start and develop their jazz repertoire by focusing on standards commonly played and called in performance situations. Additional focus will be given to standard forms, chord progressions, intros and endings, modulations, and performance practices found in a number of jazz standards.
    For all instruments.
  • Vocal Literature: Ballads - Part 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform 24 famous jazz ballads, including "For All We Know," "Body And Soul," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," "Tenderly," and "A Time For Love." Part 1 of 2. At the end of the twelve-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: Ballads - Part 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Study and perform 24 famous jazz ballads, including "For All We Know," "Body And Soul," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," "Tenderly," and "A Time For Love." Part 1 of 2. At the end of the twelve-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Exploring Dominants
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This advanced improvisation class will explore the six various dominant-seventh chord types from a theoretical standpoint to help students understand when each is most commonly used in jazz. Students will learn to play scales, modes, and licks over each dominant type, as well as learning 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.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Joe Freel
    Learn to sing jazz standards. In this class, you'll learn correct melodies to jazz standards along with groove, jazz phrasing, and tone, while getting comfortable singing with an accompanist.
  • Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): David Rodgers
    CLASS WILL FOCUS ON FINALE
    This course focuses on the creation of rhythm section parts, starting with basic chord charts, master rhythm charts, and fully notated charts for the basic 4-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums). The class will concentrate on proper notation, layout, and techniques for printing and preparing charts for live performance and recording. Students will learn to create charts that prevent the time-consuming questions and confusion that can bog down a rehearsal or recording session. In the course of this study, students will gain a deeper understanding of how to use the music notation programs Sibelius and Finale.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dara Tucker
    PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS: OWNING THE STAGE
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.
  • Soul Jazz Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Greg Bryant
    Study and perform compositions from artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Herbie Hancock & Stanley Turrentine. This class will emphasize groove and communication. Students will explore tunes including "Cold Duck Time," "The In Crowd," "Cantaloupe Island," "Freedom Jazz Dance" and more.
    For trumpet, tenor, and rhythm section.
    Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • How To Accompany A Soloist
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    A pianist or guitarist must be able to support the soloist, whether that soloist is a vocalist or another instrumentalist. This class will emphasize comping, bass lines, voicings, intros, and endings. It's a great class for the working musician.
    Advanced level suggested.
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    SINGING FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.
  • Rhythm Section Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jonathan Wires
    This class will concentrate on how to play as a group. You will learn how to improve your sound, tighten your groove and define the pocket! For Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Vibes and Percussion.

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Introduction to Solo Piano
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Students will work on composing their own arrangements of standard repertoire and will learn how to execute them in a solo format. Components discussed will include stride, Shearing voicings, stylistic considerations, tempo vs. rubato, intros or endings, soloing, bass lines, harmonic movement, and time.
  • Pandeiro Fundamentals
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    The Pandeiro has earned a prominent place in the musical culture of Brazil because of its pervasive use and historic significance in Brazilian music. With a focus on fundamental sounds, this class will provide exercises designed to keep your hands and arms healthy and strong. Students will learn essential styles and patterns, including Sambas, Partido Alto, Baiao, Forro, Maracatu, and more.
  • Vocal Improvisation 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    Students will continue to explore basic chord progressions, including the concept of 'II-V-I' turn-arounds, major and minor diatonic progressions, and 'rhythm changes.' Students will also learn about solo development (including use of space, sequence, melodic motifs, etc.) and begin to experiment with standard tunes. Intermediate level.
    Suggested prerequisite: Vocal Improvisation 1 and Ear Training

Thursday 6 pm

  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    Thursday, July 11, 6-9pm, SAX MASTER CLASS: WOODWIND DOUBLING, Tuition $50
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): David Rodgers
    Thursday, July 18, 6-9pm, DEMYSTIFYING CORY HENRY'S SOLO APPROACH, Tuition $50
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.
  • Listening/Appreciation, Special Topic
    Instructor(s): Tom Evered
    Thursday, July 25, 6-9pm HOW DO YOU KEEP A LEGENDARY JAZZ LABEL CURRENT? THE PAST MEETS THE PRESENT AT BLUE NOTE RECORDS, Tuition $50. Tom Evered is past General Manager/Sr. Vice President of Marketing at Blue Note

Saturday 11 am

  • A Cappella and Rubato Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jeff Steinberg
    LEIPERS FORK LOCATION
    Students will learn the skills necessary to sing A Cappella (without accompaniment, one of the most challenging aspects of singing) by phrasing with the accompanist in a more intimate and personal way as well as working on solidifying pitch and rhythmic sense. Students will also learn how to work in a rubato tempo, singing the lyric expressively with rhythmic freedom by manipulating the tempo at the discretion of the vocalist.