I would like to take a moment to tell you a little bit about what we’re offering at the school this Fall.
Jazz ensembles range from the Beginning Jazz Ensemble (for musicians with some instrumental facility and knowledge of jazz harmony, but minimal ensemble experience) through intermediate and advanced-level groups including Jazz Standards for Gigs, Hard Bop, Post Bop, the music of specific composers, including Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and John Scofield, Music of the Masters, the McCain Jazz Ensembles, the Big Band, multiple Piano Trio and Guitar Trio sections and a Composers and Arrangers Ensemble. Branching into other styles, we also offer blues, salsa, Balkan, Caribbean and pop ensembles. Fall is the best time to get involved in our ensemble programs, as students typically remain in their ensemble sections for the entire Fall, Winter, Spring school year and there are fewer ensemble openings mid-year! All ensembles are placed by audition.
Our sequence of piano courses is one of the most comprehensive offered in any community music school setting and ranges from piano I for total beginners, through multiple levels of jazz piano, and courses branching into other styles including blues and the music of New Orleans. The guitar department is also extensive offering Beginning Guitar, Music Theory for Guitarists, blues and jazz at multiple levels and Brazilian fingerstyle guitar. We offer three levels of bass courses for electric and upright bass. Drum and percussion courses include Beginning Drum Set and several specialized courses like Improve Your Groove, Drum Solos, The Musical Drummer, Afro-Venezuelan and Latin Percussion. Theory, improvisation and composition courses are also offered for all instruments.
Many one day and short-term workshops are also offered.
I’m proud of what we’re able to offer to the Bay Area music community as we approach 19 years in operation in Berkeley! I hope you will consider participating in one or more of our courses and workshops this Fall, and encourage you to contact me or any of our staff members with any questions you may have about the programs offered this term.
Director, Jazzschool Community Music School