Upcoming Classes

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: November 5 - December 13

Monday 6 pm

  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    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 Literature: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 15 famous compositions by the inventive and adventurous Hoagy Carmichael, who wrote great jazz standards, including "Stardust," "Georgia on my Mind," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Skylark," "Lazy River," and "The Nearness of You." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Carmichael's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing
  • Vocal Technique
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    Jazz singing offers the opportunity to learn contemporary singing techniques in a healthy and fun way. This class will help keep the student's voice in great shape with vocal exercises designed to promote ease of singing and to set the natural voice free. Students will learn some vocal physiology and anatomy, expand their range, and explore conversational singing through jazz. Unlock the secrets of singing through playful exercises, a bit of voice science, and jazz. Students sing with jazz tracks, and must purchase Hal Leonard's Jazz Tracks for Singers (male or female), book of 15 tunes and CD. Available at www.jazzbooks.com or www.halleonard.com

Monday 8 pm

  • It's About Time
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    For drummers and bassists, this class is designed to center the player's time by focusing on the role of drums and bass as timekeepers. Class work will include metronome and time studies.
  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Transcription Study - open to instrumentalists and vocalists
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    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 Hoagy Carmichael
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Study and perform over 15 famous compositions by the inventive and adventurous Hoagy Carmichael, who wrote great jazz standards, including "Stardust," "Georgia on my Mind," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Skylark," "Lazy River," and "The Nearness of You." In this class, you'll focus on melody, phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, performance techniques, and song forms that apply to Carmichael's music. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Performance Techniques: "Grow Your Show" - Parts 1 and 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Connye Florance
    Ready to grow your show? Plant your tunes and set lists here, water with a professional trio, and watch yourself grow. In this class, students will identify, develop and strengthen their unique qualities in vocal style and performance. Students will continue to develop range of musical expression and learn to be confident on stage as well as learning how to polish their musical arrangements. At the end of the 12 weeks, the student will perform four or five songs as a set.
    Suggested prerequisites: Five Vocal Literature classes, Beginning and Intermediate Vocal Performance, Musicianship for Vocalists and Chart Writing.
  • 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.
  • Modal Approach to Altered Chords
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This class covers the scales and modes that can be used over altered chords and will include chord study and the analysis of tunes.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Miles Davis Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    Study and perform some of the repertoire and style of the mid-50's and '60's recordings of the famous quintet. Perform transcriptions of some of Miles's famous arrangements, including "All Blues," "Freddie the Freeloader," "So What," "Blue in Green," and more.
    For trumpet, tenor, alto, and rhythm section.
    Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • How To Build Your Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    November 7, 6-9pm, $50
    Singers, how do you know which songs are best for you? Bring your book of charts or a list of songs you're working on, and we'll explore your favorite tunes in a variety of styles -- or in your favorite style -- and find out what really works for you. Find out how to pick songs that express themselves easily through you, and learn to build a repertoire of your best tunes. No performance.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing
  • Keyboard Basics
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    5 Week Class
    In this class, students study the keyboard, learning note names, intervals, chord structures, and musical notation in an easy to understand format. Students will learn a better sense of pitch center, chord shapes, and overall musical accuracy.
    Students must purchase Jazz Keyboard For Pianists and Non-Pianists by Jerry Coker. Available at www.jazzbooks.com
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jonathan Wires
    5 Week Class
    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.

Thursday 6 pm

  • The Life and Music of John Coltrane
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Rahsaan Barber
    Thursday, November 15, 6-9pm, $50 tuition
    This course covers the life of John Coltrane and the innovations he introduced. Listening will include music from the different periods and styles in Coltrane's career.