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Ensembles

Introduction to Ensemble Playing
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.

Small Ensemble
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.

Guitar Ensemble
Study and perform standards arranged for multiple guitars by Mundell Lowe, Lloyd Wells, and others. In this class, students will learn to play in a group setting and will gain reading skills as well as experience in comping and improvisation. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

New Orleans Brass Band Ensemble
This performance-driven class covers historic and contemporary performance practices of the New Orleans Brass Band. Students will study musical artists, including Louis Armstrong, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and others.
For trumpet, sax, clarinet, trombone, piano, banjo or guitar, bass or tuba, and drums.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Duke Ellington Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and harmonic style of Duke Ellington. Students will explore the tunes "Take the A Train," "Mood Indigo," "Perdido," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and many others.
This class is for trumpet, tenor, alto, baritone trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Billy Strayhorn Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and harmonic style of Billy Strayhorn, famous for co-writing with the legendary Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Students will learn the songs "Upper Manhattan Medical Group," "Chelsea Bridge," "Passion Flower," "Isfahan" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Clifford Brown/Max Roach Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Ensemble. Students will explore some of Clifford's most famous tunes, including "Joyspring," "I'll Remember April," "Daahoud," "Lands End" and more.
For trumpet, tenor and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Art Blakey Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Art Blakey Ensemble. Students will explore some of Art's most famous tunes, including "Blues March," "Moanin,'" "One by One," "This is for Albert" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Miles Davis Ensemble
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.

John Coltrane Ensemble
Study and perform the repertoire and style of John Coltrane's Blue Note years. Perform transcriptions of some of Coltrane's most famous compositions, including "Giant Steps," "Naima," "Countdown," "Blue Train" and more.
For tenor and rhythm section.
Advanced level suggested.

Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and harmonic style of Dizzy Gillespie. Students will learn the songs "Con Alma," "Woody'n You," "A Night in Tunisia," "Manteca" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, alto, trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Charles Mingus Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Charles Mingus Ensemble. Students will explore some of Charles's most famous tunes, including "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Better Git it in Your Soul," "Jump Monk," "Fables of Faubus" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, alto, baritone, trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Horace Silver Ensemble
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.

Thelonious Monk Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Thelonious Monk Ensemble. Students will explore some of Monk's most famous tunes, including "Blues March," "Moanin'," "One by One," "This is for Albert" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, alto, trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Wayne Shorter Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Blue Note years of Wayne Shorter. Students will explore some of Shorter's most famous tunes, including "Witch Hunt," "Yes or No," "Speak No Evil," "Infant Eyes" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, alto, trombone and rhythm section.
Advanced level required.

Herbie Hancock Ensemble (Bluenote)
Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Blue Note years of Herbie Hancock. Students will explore some of Hancock's most famous tunes, including "Watermelon Man," "Maiden Voyage," "Dolphin Dance," "Driftin'" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, trombone and rhythm section.
Advanced level required.

Cannonball Adderly Ensemble
Study and perform some of the great compositions and style of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Students will explore some of Cannonball's most famous tunes, including "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Wabash," "Jeanine," "This Here" and more.
For trumpet, alto and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Jazztet Ensemble
Study and perform the great compositions of the Benny Golson/Art Farmer group "The Jazztet." Students will explore tunes including "Killer Joe," "Along Came Betty," "Stablemates," "Mox Nix" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, trombone, alto, and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Lee Morgan Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of the Blue Note years of Lee Morgan. Students will explore tunes including "The Sidewinder," "Ceora," "The Procrastinator," "Mr. Kenyata" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, alto, trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Freddie Hubbard Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of the great Freddie Hubbard. Students will explore tunes including "Little Sunflower," "Crisis," "Red Clay," "Up Jumped Spring" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, trombone and rhythm section.
Advanced level suggested.

Oliver Nelson Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth. Students will explore tunes including "Stolen Moments," "Hoe-down," "Cascade," "Yearnin" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, alto, baritone and rhythm section.
Advanced level required.

Dave Brubeck Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of Dave Brubeck. This class emphasizes odd meters, solo transcription and ensemble playing. Students will explore tunes including "Take Five," "Blue Rondo Ala Turk," "Three to Get Ready," "The Duke" and more.
For piano, bass, drums and alto.
Advanced level suggested.

Modern Jazz Quartet
Study and perform the compositions and style of the MJQ, primarily dealing with the chamber music approach of John Lewis's compositions. Students will explore tunes including "Django," "Skating in Central Park," "Bags Groove," "La Ronde" and more.
For vibes, piano, bass and drums.
Advanced level suggested.

George Shearing Ensemble
Study and perform the repertoire and the "Shearing Sound." This class will emphasize ensemble playing, block chord voicings for piano, and transcriptions. Students will explore tunes including "Lullabye of Birdland," "Consternation" "East of the Sun," "Autumn Serenade" and more.
For piano, bass, drums, guitar, and vibes.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Bill Evans Trio
Study and perform the compositions, style and analysis of the classic Bill Evans Trio sound. Transcriptions will be required. Students will explore tunes including "Very Early," "Autumn Leaves," "Waltz for Debby," "Comrade Conrad" and more.
For piano, bass, drums and guitar
Advanced level suggested.

Wes Montgomery Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions, style and guitar techniques of Wes Montgomery and his trios. Students will explore tunes including "Four on Six," "West Coast Blues," "Unit 7," "Jingles" and more.
For guitar, piano, bass and drums.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Grant Green Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of Grant Green from his classic Blue Note recordings. Students will explore tunes including "Idol Moments," "Jean de Fleur," "Nomad," "Django" and more.
For guitar, B3 organ, drums and tenor saxophone.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Best of Blue Note Ensemble
Study and perform compositions from the Blue Note era of the 1950's and '60's. Students will study musical selections from Blue Note artists, including Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, and Horace Silver.
For trumpet, tenor, trombone and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Standard Repertoire for Instrumentalists
This is a great class for players looking to start and develop their jazz repertoire by focusing on standards commonly played and called in performance situations. Additional focus will be given to standard forms, chord progressions, intros and endings, modulations, and performance practices found in a number of jazz standards.
For all instruments.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Brazilian Music Ensemble - a 12 week Course
Study and perform classic Brazilian songs and styles, including Samba, Bossa Nova, Frevo, Maracatu and Baiao.
For piano, guitar, bass, drumset, percussion, tenor and vocals.
Pre-requisite for vocalists: Jobim
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Stan Getz Bossa Nova Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and styles of the early '60's collaboration with Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Students will explore tunes including "Corcovado," "Garota de Ipanema," "So Danco Samba," "Once I Loved" and more.
For tenor, nylon string guitar, voice and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Cal Tjader Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of Cal Tjader. Students will explore tunes including "Mamblues," "Alonzo," "Black Orchid," "Soul Burst" and more.
For vibes, guitar, piano, bass, drums and percussion.
Advanced level suggested.

Cuban Music Ensemble - a 12 Week Course
A class offering the foundations of both contemporary and folkloric Cuban music styles, with historic perspectives. This is a hands-on workshop where the players will become familiar with playing salsa in the tradition. For all instruments.
Intermediate level required.
Pre-requisite for percussionists: Cuban Percussion. Offered once a year.

Jazz Fusion Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
This is a great class for the contemporary jazz student who wants to learn about groove, concepts of time, and a variety of tunes associated with contemporary modern jazz.
For all horns and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Weather Report Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and styles of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. This class will emphasize groove, soloing, and how to play as a group. Students will explore tunes including "Birdland," "A Remark You Made," "Palladium," "Elegant People," and more.
For tenor, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion.
Enrollment by audition only.

Yellowjackets Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of one of the 21st century's most important instrumental jazz fusion group. Perform actual arrangements and transcriptions, including "Matinee Idol," "Imperial Strut," "My Old School," "Fran's Scene" and more.
For tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion.
Advanced level suggested.

Brecker Brothers Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions and style of the Brecker Brothers sound. Students will explore some of Michael and Randy's most famous tunes, including "Skunk Funk," "Sponge," "Sneakin' Up Behind You," "Grease Piece" and more.
For trumpet, tenor, alto and rhythm section.
Advanced level suggested.

Chick Corea Electric Band Ensemble
Study and perform the compositions of Chick Corea's Electric Band. Students will play "Got a Match," "Side Walk," "Rumble," "Cool Weasel Boogie" and more.
For tenor, keyboards, bass, drums and guitar.
Enrollment by Audition only

Tower of Power Ensemble
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.

Soul Jazz Ensemble
Study and perform compositions from artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Herbie Hancock & Stanley Turrentine. This class will emphasize groove and communication. Students will explore tunes including "Cold Duck Time," "The In Crowd," "Cantaloupe Island," "Freedom Jazz Dance" and more.
For trumpet, tenor and rhythm section.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Ensemble Master Class - Special Topics
In this class, the instructor will focus on a particular style, period, or music associated with a particular artist to be announced.
Advanced level suggested.

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Styles and Technique

Introduction to Basic Piano Skills for Vocalists and Instrumentalists
A beginning class for all instrumentalists and vocalists who want to be able to accompany themselves and read basic chord charts. Topics covered 4 note chords, ii-V- I progressions and bass lines.

Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1
This class provides a beginning look at 4 note chords and their inversions. It then moves to upper structures, such as 9, 11 and 13 chords and their alterations. Students will learn to play these in several positions. The emphasis will be on ii-V-I's and their inversions.

Advanced Keyboard Voicings
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.

Introduction to Solo Piano
Students will work on composing their own arrangements of standard repertoire and will learn how to execute them in a solo format. Components discussed will include stride, Shearing voicings, stylistic considerations, tempo vs. rubato, intros or endings, soloing, bass lines, harmonic movement, and time.

Latin Piano
This class is an overview of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian piano, including montunos, Latin bass lines, comping patterns for Bossa Nova and Samba, and percussion rhythms. Learning how these fit together and relate to the clave, students will gain a deeper awareness of rhythm.
Intermediate level suggested.

Jazz Piano Master Class
This class is open to pianists who are at an intermediate to advanced level. Students will prepare a solo piano piece to play each week. These performances will serve as a springboard for discussions that will cover examples of what and how to practice. Topics will include harmonization techniques, voicings and textures, melodic phrasing, improvisation, repertoire, and historical styles.

New Orleans Piano Styles
This class is a retrospective of New Orleans piano styles, including the songs and piano playing styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Albert Ammons, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and others. Instruction will include written scores as well as CDs and videos. Topics will cover the various approaches to 12 and 16 bar blues form, boogie and stride left hand patterns and turnarounds, and the application of New Orleans rhythmic influences on other popular music.

How To Accompany A Soloist
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.

The Art of the Duo
In this basic class on how to play as a duo, students will work together on creative arrangements and will learn how to communicate song literature. Instrumentalists must be able to comp and play bass lines, improvise, and provide the melodic bed to support the soloist.
For vocalists, guitarists, and pianists.
Advanced level suggested.

Intros and Endings
In this class, students will learn and play the most famous standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will also research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. This is an essential course for the performing instrumentalist.

Get In The Pocket
This is an essential class for the intermediate to advanced vocalist or instrumentalist. With a drummer as the only accompanist, the student will gain a deeper sense of rhythmic timing which is the core of swing. In addition, students will have the opportunity to sit behind the drumset, learning swing patterns that will help them understand the essence of “Getting in the Pocket.”

Comping Techniques for Pianists
Being a good rhythm player is just as important as being a good soloist. An art form in its own right, rhythm comping behind a soloist is the most important job of a pianist and/or guitarist. By exploring patterns and rhythmic figures that are important when accompanying a soloist, students will learn to provide a rhythmic and harmonic bed for an ensemble.
Intermediate level suggested.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar
This class is designed for beginning jazz guitarists, advanced beginners, and players versed in other styles who want to make the transition to jazz. Students will focus on the simple chord shapes and rhythms that create a jazz sound, as well as chord voicings, comping rhythms, and guide tones.

Jazz Guitar Comping
Specifically geared for the beginning to intermediate guitarist, this class covers many comping concepts, including Drop 2, Drop 3, and pianistic voicings as they pertain to standards, specifically the ii/V/I progression. Students will learn harmonization techniques, including the Wes Montgomery block-chord style and the Joe Pass walking bass line style. Rhythmic devices and beginning tension and chord substitution will also be discussed. This class provides an excellent way for guitarists to get deeper inside their role of comping.

Intro to Chord Melodies for Guitar
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.

Advanced Solo Jazz Guitar
In this class, students will learn how to combine solo jazz guitar, melody, comping, and bass lines to make music using the entire guitar.

Blues and Swing Guitar
This is a class for the intermediate to advanced guitarist who wants to focus on the Blues and Swing style. The course will cover Chicago Blues, Gospel, Jazz Blues, and Minor Blues as students focus on slide techniques, finger and chordal style, and rhythm playing.

Charlie Christian and the Swing Era Jazz Guitar Style
This 6-week class will focus on the single-line soloing style of Charlie Christian and other prominent late Swing Era guitarists. Topics will include developing ideas through the use of chord grips and arpeggios, chord substitution practices, incorporating blues elements, phrasing, and comping.

Jimmy Raney Guitar Style
Jimmy Raney was best known for his small ensemble work with artists like Stan Getz and Buddy Defranco. He was able to blend his style with any venue, while also distinguishing himself as an individual artist and soloist. This class will focus on Jimmy's repertoire, technique, chord voicings, improvisations, and transcriptions.

Wes Montgomery Guitar Style
Wes Montgomery was one of the greatest and most influential jazz guitarists in history. This class will focus on Wes's repertoire, technique, chord voicings, improvisation, and transcriptions.

Nashville Guitar Cats
Some of Nashville's most famous and most frequently recorded guitarists will be guest artists in this 6 -week class. Each week, a different guitarist will talk about their careers, play recordings that they made famous, and share tip and tricks with students. Anyone can take this class with these legends who put Nashville on the map.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar
In this 6-week study of Brazilian guitar and its function in Bossa-Nova and Samba, students will learn the authentic voicings, rhythms, and comping patterns essential to this style.

Jazz Drumset Essentials
This class will introduce the beginning jazz drummer to basic ride patterns, simple Latin patterns, comping, song forms, and brushwork.

The Essence of Brushwork
In this class, students will focus on the time-keeping patterns that drummers need to know, with an emphasis on sound and its purpose. Students will learn new and useful brush techniques to help with time and solo work.

It's About Time
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.

Drumset Improvisation
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.

Latin Drumset
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

Drumming With Your Hands
Taught by legendary Nashville drummer Kenny Malone, this class will teach Malone's system of hand-drumming in simple terms, covering such fundamentals as ranges: low to high tones, open and muffled sounds, strong and weak beats, and long and short sounds, as well as dynamics, establishing the dance, and communicating with other musicians in the moment.

Nothing But The Conga
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.

Cuban Percussion
This 6-week class will focus on all the instruments of the Cuban rhythm section: conga, bongo, timbales, guiro, maracas, and shekere. Students will learn how clave functions in Cuban music and how all percussion parts fit together in clave. The students will also learn how songs in Cuban music and Salsa are constructed, including breaks, intros, and 'when to play what.' This class is the suggested pre-requisite for the Cuban Music Ensemble.

Pandeiro Fundamentals
The Pandeiro has earned a prominent place in the musical culture of Brazil because of its pervasive use and historic significance in Brazilian music. With a focus on fundamental sounds, this class will provide exercises designed to keep your hands and arms healthy and strong. Students will learn essential styles and patterns, including Sambas, Partido Alto, Baiao, Forro, Maracatu, and more.

Brazilian Percussion
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.

Rhythm Section Grooves for Instrumentalists
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 )

Instrumental Master Class
This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics will consist of special topics that depend on the instructor and the session.

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Improvisation

Beginning Jazz Improvisation
This class focuses on the study of chords, scales, modes, simple patterns, and harmonic structure. For all instruments.

Blues Improvisation
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.

The ii-V-I Progression
This class introduces the musician to the most important chord progression in jazz through a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis, and technique.

Minor ii-V's and Diminished Patterns
Through a blend of ear training and analysis, this class covers the minor ii7b5-V7b9-I6 progression, emphasizing diminished scales, their purpose, and the patterns that will work over this progression.

Rhythm Changes
With a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis, and technique, this class introduces the musician to the standard 'I Got Rhythm' chord changes. Students will learn various ways to improvise over these changes.
Intermediate level required.

Bebop Scales and Patterns
The Bebop scale began to appear in the 1950's and '60's as a way to enhance the flexibility of the major scale/mixolydian scale and create a more melodic and complex sound. Students will learn these scales, along with interesting patterns that will make them sound like pros.

Modal Approach to Altered Chords
This class covers the scales and modes that can be used over altered chords and will include chord study and the analysis of tunes.
Intermediate to Advanced level required.

Exploring Dominants
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.

Solo Transcription
This class covers the techniques involved in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic transcription of improvised solos from recordings.
Intermediate level required.

Thelonious Monk/Bud Powell Improvisation Styles
Students will examine important works by each composer, first by analyzing the pieces and studying the recordings made by Monk and Powell, and then by identifying and practicing specific techniques for improvisation over each piece.

Charlie Parker Improvisation Styles
In this class, students will learn the tunes and solos of one of the greatest saxophone players in history, with an emphasis on transcription and technical execution of the tunes. This is a 2-part class, with part 2 focusing on performance. Part 2 students will write a bebop head in the style of Charlie Parker. The Charlie Parker Omnibook is a required text for this class and can be ordered from www.jazzbooks.com.

Standard Repertoire for Instrumentalists
This is a great class for players looking to start and develop their jazz repertoire by focusing on standards commonly played and called in performance situations. Additional focus will be given to standard forms, chord progressions, intros and endings, modulations, and performance practices found in a number of jazz standards.
For all instruments.
Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Instrumental Master Class
This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics will consist of special topics that depend on the instructor and the session.

ii-V-I's for Guitar
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.

Contemporary Improvisation for Jazz Guitar
Students in this intermediate-to-advanced level class will gain an overview of prominent contemporary guitarists and their techniques, including alternate picking, legato, and economy picking, as well as intervallic improvisation, outside playing, three note voicings, quartal harmony, quintal harmony, and 'George Van Eps' style voicings.

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Theory and Composition

Chart Writing for Vocalists
This 3-week class will cover basic theory and notation and apply these to writing simple chord charts.

Ear Training 1
This is a basic class that begins with intervals, triads, 4 note chords, inversions of chords, bass lines and simple melody lines.

Ear Training 2
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.

Beginning Sightreading for Vocalists & Instrumentalists
Students will learn how to sight read charts, single line melodies and 4-voice harmony parts. This core class is important to the growth of the jazz musician.

Beginning Arranging
An introductory class to arranging for a small group, this class begins with simple lead sheets and trio arrangements, and then progresses to arrangements for two horns.

Original Jazz Composition
In this class, the focus is on original student compositions as students learn how to write in standard jazz forms, including blues, minor blues, rhythm changes, and modal tunes in order to capture the styles of famous jazz composers.
For instrumentalists and vocalists.
Intermediate to advanced level.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Lyric Writing
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.

Soul Song: Set Your Inner Musician Free
This class is for all musicians - singers, instrumentalists, and writers alike. The course will focus on releasing the blocks that stand in the way of feeling freedom, ease, and joy in making music, as well as building skills for more effective practice and ultimately, a more effortless experience of music making. Through group discussion, journaling, lyric writing, and mindful practicing, the class will discover how the masters approach their instruments and music. The course will utilize exercises from The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, and The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten. A blank journal will be provided.
The book Effortless Mastery is the required text for the class.

Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart
This course focuses on the creation of rhythm section parts, starting with basic chord charts, master rhythm charts, and fully notated charts for the basic 4-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums). The class will concentrate on proper notation, layout, and techniques for printing and preparing charts for live performance and recording. Students will learn to create charts that prevent the time-consuming questions and confusion that can bog down a rehearsal or recording session. In the course of this study, students will gain a deeper understanding of how to use the music notation programs Sibelius and Finale.

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Drum Classes

Jazz Drumset Essentials
This class will introduce the beginning jazz drummer to basic ride patterns, simple Latin patterns, comping, song forms, and brushwork.

The Essence of Brushwork
In this class, students will focus on the time-keeping patterns that drummers need to know, with an emphasis on sound and its purpose. Students will learn new and useful brush techniques to help with time and solo work.

It's About Time
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.

Drumset Improvisation
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.

Latin Drumset
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

Drumming With Your Hands
Taught by legendary Nashville drummer Kenny Malone, this class will teach Malone's system of hand-drumming in simple terms, covering such fundamentals as ranges: low to high tones, open and muffled sounds, strong and weak beats, and long and short sounds, as well as dynamics, establishing the dance, and communicating with other musicians in the moment.

Nothing But The Conga
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.

Cuban Percussion
This 6-week class will focus on all the instruments of the Cuban rhythm section: conga, bongo, timbales, guiro, maracas, and shekere. Students will learn how clave functions in Cuban music and how all percussion parts fit together in clave. The students will also learn how songs in Cuban music and Salsa are constructed, including breaks, intros, and 'when to play what.' This class is the suggested pre-requisite for the Cuban Music Ensemble.

Pandeiro Fundamentals
The Pandeiro has earned a prominent place in the musical culture of Brazil because of its pervasive use and historic significance in Brazilian music. With a focus on fundamental sounds, this class will provide exercises designed to keep your hands and arms healthy and strong. Students will learn essential styles and patterns, including Sambas, Partido Alto, Baiao, Forro, Maracatu, and more.

Brazilian Percussion
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.

Instrumental Master Class
This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics will consist of special topics that depend on the instructor and the session.

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Piano Classes

Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1
This class provides a beginning look at 4 note chords and their inversions. It then moves to upper structures, such as 9, 11 and 13 chords and their alterations. Students will learn to play these in several positions. The emphasis will be on ii-V-I's and their inversions.

Advanced Keyboard Voicings
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.

Introduction to Solo Piano
Students will work on composing their own arrangements of standard repertoire and will learn how to execute them in a solo format. Components discussed will include stride, Shearing voicings, stylistic considerations, tempo vs. rubato, intros or endings, soloing, bass lines, harmonic movement, and time.

Latin Piano
This class is an overview of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian piano, including montunos, Latin bass lines, comping patterns for Bossa Nova and Samba, and percussion rhythms. Learning how these fit together and relate to the clave, students will gain a deeper awareness of rhythm.
Intermediate level suggested.

Jazz Piano Master Class
This class is open to pianists who are at an intermediate to advanced level. Students will prepare a solo piano piece to play each week. These performances will serve as a springboard for discussions that will cover examples of what and how to practice. Topics will include harmonization techniques, voicings and textures, melodic phrasing, improvisation, repertoire, and historical styles.

New Orleans Piano Styles
This class is a retrospective of New Orleans piano styles, including the songs and piano playing styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Albert Ammons, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and others. Instruction will include written scores as well as CDs and videos. Topics will cover the various approaches to 12 and 16 bar blues form, boogie and stride left hand patterns and turnarounds, and the application of New Orleans rhythmic influences on other popular music.

How To Accompany A Soloist
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.

The Art of the Duo
In this basic class on how to play as a duo, students will work together on creative arrangements and will learn how to communicate song literature. Instrumentalists must be able to comp and play bass lines, improvise, and provide the melodic bed to support the soloist.
For vocalists, guitarists, and pianists.
Advanced level suggested.

Intros and Endings
In this class, students will learn and play the most famous standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will also research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. This is an essential course for the performing instrumentalist.

Comping Techniques for Pianists
Being a good rhythm player is just as important as being a good soloist. An art form in its own right, rhythm comping behind a soloist is the most important job of a pianist and/or guitarist. By exploring patterns and rhythmic figures that are important when accompanying a soloist, students will learn to provide a rhythmic and harmonic bed for an ensemble.
Intermediate level suggested.

Instrumental Master Class
This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics will consist of special topics that depend on the instructor and the session.

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Guitar Classes

Introduction to Jazz Guitar
This class is designed for beginning jazz guitarists, advanced beginners, and players versed in other styles who want to make the transition to jazz. Students will focus on the simple chord shapes and rhythms that create a jazz sound, as well as chord voicings, comping rhythms, and guide tones.

Jazz Guitar Comping
Specifically geared for the beginning to intermediate guitarist, this class covers many comping concepts, including Drop 2, Drop 3, and pianistic voicings as they pertain to standards, specifically the ii/V/I progression. Students will learn harmonization techniques, including the Wes Montgomery block-chord style and the Joe Pass walking bass line style. Rhythmic devices and beginning tension and chord substitution will also be discussed. This class provides an excellent way for guitarists to get deeper inside their role of comping.

Intro to Chord Melodies for Guitar
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.

Advanced Solo Jazz Guitar
In this class, students will learn how to combine solo jazz guitar, melody, comping, and bass lines to make music using the entire guitar.

ii-V-I's for Guitar
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.

Intros and Endings
In this class, students will learn and play the most famous standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will also research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. This is an essential course for the performing instrumentalist.

Blues and Swing Guitar
This is a class for the intermediate to advanced guitarist who wants to focus on the Blues and Swing style. The course will cover Chicago Blues, Gospel, Jazz Blues, and Minor Blues as students focus on slide techniques, finger and chordal style, and rhythm playing.

Contemporary Improvisation for Jazz Guitar
Students in this intermediate-to-advanced level class will gain an overview of prominent contemporary guitarists and their techniques, including alternate picking, legato, and economy picking, as well as intervallic improvisation, outside playing, three note voicings, quartal harmony, quintal harmony, and 'George Van Eps' style voicings.

How To Accompany A Soloist
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.

Charlie Christian and the Swing Era Jazz Guitar Style
This 6-week class will focus on the single-line soloing style of Charlie Christian and other prominent late Swing Era guitarists. Topics will include developing ideas through the use of chord grips and arpeggios, chord substitution practices, incorporating blues elements, phrasing, and comping.

Jimmy Raney Guitar Style
Jimmy Raney was best known for his small ensemble work with artists like Stan Getz and Buddy Defranco. He was able to blend his style with any venue, while also distinguishing himself as an individual artist and soloist. This class will focus on Jimmy's repertoire, technique, chord voicings, improvisations, and transcriptions.

Wes Montgomery Guitar Style
Wes Montgomery was one of the greatest and most influential jazz guitarists in history. This class will focus on Wes's repertoire, technique, chord voicings, improvisation, and transcriptions.

Nashville Guitar Cats
Some of Nashville's most famous and most frequently recorded guitarists will be guest artists in this 6 -week class. Each week, a different guitarist will talk about their careers, play recordings that they made famous, and share tip and tricks with students. Anyone can take this class with these legends who put Nashville on the map.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar
In this 6-week study of Brazilian guitar and its function in Bossa-Nova and Samba, students will learn the authentic voicings, rhythms, and comping patterns essential to this style.

Instrumental Master Class
This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Course specifics will consist of special topics that depend on the instructor and the session.

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