Class Schedule

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: January 9 to February 16

Monday 1 pm

  • Ear Training 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    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.

Monday 3 pm

  • Chart Writing for Vocalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    3 week class meeting Jan. 9, 16, & 23. Only $100 tuition!
    This beginning class covers the basics of theory, notation, and writing simple chord charts. Students will also learn about intros and endings to tunes.

Monday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    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
    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

  • Rhythm Section Grooves for Instrumentalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer and Matt Endahl
    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 )
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jazz Guitar Voicings
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    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.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Chord Melodies for Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    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.
  • Horace Silver Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roland Barber
    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.

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
    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.

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Styles & Literature: Peggy Lee
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    Study and practice songs associated with Peggy Lee and Chet Baker, including "Fever," "He's A Tramp," "I Like Being Here With You," "Where Can I Go Without You," & "I'm In Love Again." In this class, you'll focus on repertoire, stylistic approach, lyric interpretation, phrasing, and soloing, while discovering original material from the songbook of Peggy Lee. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five composer literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists, and Vocal Improvisation

Thursday 12 pm

  • Cabaret Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    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.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Cabaret Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    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.
  • Latin Drumset Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chester Thompson
    A class for the the intermediate to advanced drumset player wanting to learn Brazilian and Cuban styles.

Thursday 8 pm

  • Brazilian Percussion
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    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.