Upcoming Classes

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: February 27 to April 6

Monday 1 pm

  • Ear Training 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    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.

Monday 6 pm

  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    Topic: How To Learn Tunes
    A class designed to advance students towards a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics vary on instructor.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Continuation of 12-week class
    Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Monday 8 pm

  • Charlie Parker Improvisation
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    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).
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): James Westfall
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Continuation of 12-week class
    Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Blues Improvisation
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Rod McGaha
    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.
  • Guitar Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    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.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    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.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Solo Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    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.
  • Thelonious Monk Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    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.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    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.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music of Rodgers and Hart - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Continuation of 12-week class
    Study and perform over 24 famous songs by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, an American songwriting partnership that worked on 28 stage musicals and wrote over 500 songs, including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "I Could Write a Book." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to the music of Rodgers and Hart. At the end of the 12-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Jazz Singing 1 & 2
  • Voice Fundamentals
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    This class will help keep the student's voice in great shape with vocal exercises designed to promote ease of singing and set the natural voice free with healthy vocal skills. Students will learn the basics of vocal physiology and anatomy, expand their range, and explore conversational singing. We will unlock the secrets of voice through playful vocaleses, a bit of voice science, and a lot of fun.
    Prerequisite: All ages and levels are welcome.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Cabaret Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Continuation of 12-week class
    This class is for vocalists who are ready to look beyond the standard fare to discover songs that make a cabaret show truly unique. Students will work on a new song each week, exploring a variety of styles, genres, and formats, including learning tools for crafting memorable medleys and witty parodies. At the end of the session, vocalists will perform a short 4-song set.
  • Soul Song: Set Your Inner Musician Free
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    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.

Thursday 8 pm

  • Brazilian Music Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    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.
  • Improv Comedy for Musical Artists - 3-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    3-week class, tuition $115
    Want to learn to get "out of your own way"? Want to be more free with your musical exploration? This fast-paced and funny mini session will shine some light on ways to embrace spontaneity, stretch your creativity, and allow yourself to listen and respond in a more organic way. And what better way to do this than that creatively-dangerous artform: Improv Comedy. Through exercises and game that get to the root of improv skills, participants will laugh and learn at the same time, and come away a new approach to musical and creative choice-making.