Class Schedule

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: February 25 to April 5

Monday 6 pm

  • ii-V-I's for Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    This class will focus on locating ii-V-I cadences within jazz and pop tunes. To learn to improvise melodically over these progressions, students will explore chord voicings, comping ideas, and the use of scales, arpeggios, and guide tones.
  • 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 George & Ira Gershwin - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, the most popular songwriters of the Golden Age of Broadway, including songs such as "I Loves You Porgy," "But Not For Me," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," and "S' Wonderful." You'll focus on phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, and performance techniques that apply to Gershwin songs. Part 2 of 2. At the end of 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Monday 8 pm

  • Blues Concepts For the Jazz Guitarist
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    This class will cover chord voicings, comping,and chord substitutions on both minor and major jazz blues forms. We will study some important blues compositions and soloing ideas by Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery and others. Also covered will be blues tunes that adapt well to the solo guitar.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    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.
  • Tower of Power Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chris West and Roger Spencer
    Auditions February 7th at 7pm
    Study and perform the compositions of this famous funk band. This class will emphasize precision and groove. Perform some of Tower of Power's greatest hits, including "What is Hip," "Squib Cakes," "Down to the Night Club," "Drop it in the Slot," and more.
    For 2 trumpets, 2 tenors, baritone, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, organ, and voice.
    Advanced level suggested.

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Music of George & Ira Gershwin - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, the most popular songwriters of the Golden Age of Broadway, including songs such as "I Loves You Porgy," "But Not For Me," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," and "S' Wonderful." You'll focus on phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, and performance techniques that apply to Gershwin songs. Part 2 of 2. At the end of 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Tuesday 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 meaningful medleys, unique song interpretations, and witty parodies. At the end of the session, vocalists will perform a short four-song cabaret set.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing, Beginning Vocal Performance or permission of instructor.
  • 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.
  • Keyboard Basics
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    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

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    Advanced Standards and Analysis
    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.
  • Lyric Writing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    This class examines lyrics of famous composers, including Broadway, Hollywood and jazz writers, and also examines how Western Literature and poetry influenced major lyricists, including Johnny Mercer, E.Y. Harburg, and Lorenz Hart. Topics include rhyme schemes and song forms as they apply to the lyric. Students bring in their own writing, find and bring in various lyrics, and perform their own songs for critique.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Advanced Keyboard Voicings
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    This class emphasizes right and left hand voicings as well as how to voice lead. Students will explore when to use tritone substitutions, alternate voicings, and more advanced comping patterns.
  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jonathan Wires
    Tunes You Need To Know on the Bandstand
    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.
  • 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

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Drumset Improvisation
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Chris Brown
    This class covers the concepts and techniques needed to create "musical vehicles," such as 4's, 8's, and full choruses. Students will compose and play their own solos.
  • Ear Training 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    A continuation of Ear Training 1, this class will give students a better understanding of chord extensions and their inversions. It includes minimal melodic dictation.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: French Chansons - Part 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Learn some of the most popular French jazz songs that crossed the Atlantic, including "La Vie en Rose," "La Mer" (Beyond The Sea), and "Les Feuilles Mortes" (Autumn Leaves) by composers and singers such as Edith Piaf, Michel LeGrand, Yves Montand, and Blossom Dearie. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental ensemble.
    Recommended prerequisite: All songs will be sung in French, so some prior knowledge of the French language is recommended but not required.
  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dr. Steven Lewis
    The 10 Most Influential Jazz Albums, March 7, 6-9pm, $50
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.