Upcoming Classes

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: July 9 - July 26

Monday 6 pm

  • Jazz Classics
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study an assorted collection of great songs from the American Popular Songbook, including "Angel Eyes," "Green Dolphin Street," "Don't Go To Strangers," "Lullaby of Birdland," "What's New," and many more. At the end of the six-week session, you'll perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    Bebop Songs
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
  • The Voice Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Margaret Rose
    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.

Monday 8 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.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    Songs From the Great Jazz Saxophonists
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s):
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Jazz Classics
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Study an assorted collection of great songs from the American Popular Songbook, including "Angel Eyes," "Green Dolphin Street," "Don't Go To Strangers," "Lullaby of Birdland," "What's New," and many more. At the end of the six-week session, you'll perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

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.
  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance
    Mastering A Song
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Advanced Instrumental Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    Advanced Standards for Instrumentalists
    A performance ensemble for advanced students featuring intensive study of advanced repertoire and improvisational devices.
  • Latin Drumset
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chester Thompson
    For the intermediate to advanced drumset player who wants to learn Brazilian and Cuban styles, this class includes an introduction to Samba, Bossa-Nova, Mambo, Cha-Cha, Rhumba, Bolero, and 6/8 Afro-Cuban.
    Suggested Prerequisites: Jazz Drumset Essentials and The Essence of Brushwork

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Carmen McRae
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Study and practice the stylings of Carmen McRae with songs such as "I Have the Feeling I've Been Here Before," "Sunday," and "Something to Live For." Learn the art of conversational and melodic singing by practicing vocal inflection, phrasing, tone, and style authenticity. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes, Chart Writing and Vocal Improvisation
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jonathan Wires
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
  • Vocal Improvisation 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Rod McGaha
    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

Wednesday 8 pm

  • A Cappella and Rubato Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    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.
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chip Henderson
    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.
  • Nothing But The Conga
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    This 6-week class is designed to provide students with the knowledge of conga technique, which is essential for playing Cuban music convincingly. Without this understanding of the conga drum, also known as the tumbadoras, it is not possible to play the other percussion instruments convincingly. It is strongly recommended that students own a conga drum.

Thursday 6 pm

  • 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.