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 a basic class that begins with intervals, triads, 4 note chords, inversions of chords, bass lines and 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 3-week class will cover basic theory and notation and apply these to writing simple chord charts.

Monday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    This is a beginning ensemble open to all instrumentalists. Students will explore standard and jazz standard repertoire, focusing on the concepts of group playing, including feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening.
  • 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
    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

  • 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
    As an introduction to the blues for the musician, this class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis and technique. Students will learn various ways to improvise over standard changes and substitutions, including a 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

  • Horace Silver Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roland Barber
    Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Horace Silver Ensemble. Students will explore some of Horace's most famous tunes, including "Song for my Father," "Opus de Funk," "Horacescope," "Doodlin" and more.
    For trumpet, tenor and rhythm section.
    Intermediate to Advanced level required.
  • Intro to Chord Melodies for Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    This class is designed to create your own arrangements for solo guitar. Students will study chord voicings, bass line movement, chord substitution, and key placement, while covering styles that include ballads, Latin, jazz waltz, and swing.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This is a beginning ensemble open to all instrumentalists. Students will explore standard and jazz standard repertoire, focusing on the concepts of group playing, including feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening.
  • 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
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chester Thompson
    For the intermediate to advanced drum-set 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

Thursday 8 pm

  • Brazilian Percussion
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    Students in this class will learn the major styles of Brazilian music along with their associated instruments and techniques. Instruments include the Pandeiro, Ganza, Caxixi, Chekere, Surdo, Tamborim, Timbau, Repinique, Agogo, Caixa (Snare Drum), Berimbau, Atabaque, and Quica.