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The Jazzschool

Jazzschool Community Music School

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For over 20 years, the Jazzschool has been dedicated to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music from around the world.

The Jazzschool is open year-round, offering classes and workshops on a quarterly basis, with dozens of options for instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and skill levels.


Instrumental Classes

Jazzschool instrumental classes provide study of a specific instrument in a group setting. Classes are available for saxophone, harmonica, piano/keyboard, guitar, bass and drums/percussion. Instruction is available for beginners (covering basic technique and instrumental skills) and also for more advanced players (focused on jazz style, harmony, improvisation and more).

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Vocal Classes

Jazzschool vocal classes provide an opportunity for singers at all levels to improve style and technique in a group setting. Performance classes are offered in jazz, Latin, blues, R&B and pop genres. Beginners, singers returning to music, and more advanced vocalists can all find classes appropriate for their interests.

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Theory, Improvisation and Composition

The Jazzschool offers a number of classes covering areas of theory, improvisation, ear training, composition and arranging, music production, music business and more.

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(Audition required for Ensembles)
The Jazzschool offers a wide range of Performance Ensembles for beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumentalists and vocalists. Ensembles focus on a wide range of styles, including but not limited to jazz, blues, funk, Afro-Caribbean and South American music.

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(No audition required)
The Jazzschool offers a variety of short-term Workshops throughout the year, available in single sessions or as a series. Workshops are taught by professional artists/educators and focus on specific approaches to strengthening technical ability, understanding and applying theoretical concepts to improvisation, and enhancing live performance skills, in addition to other jazz-related topics.

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Jazzschool Young Musicians Program

(Placement audition required)
The Jazzschool Young Musicians Program offers a range of classes for middle and high school students. Young Musicians Program ensembles are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumentalists. The program includes small groups focused on improvisation, and big bands that delve into style and repertoire. Vocal performance classes are also available. Jazzschool Young Musicians Program ensembles have repeatedly been honored in the DownBeat Magazine student music awards and at prestigious jazz festivals, both here and abroad.

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Camps and Intensives

(Audition required)
The Jazzschool offers Camps and Intensives in the Spring and Summer in one- and two-week sessions for adult and youth instrumentalists and vocalists at all levels.

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Jazzschool classes, ensembles, workshops, camps, intensives and other programs are led by a distinguished faculty of professional musicians who have played with some of the music world’s biggest names. More importantly, our faculty consists of musicians and vocalists who excel in education, with a focus on teaching students not just how to play, but how to perform, transforming talented musicians into recognized artists.

Note: Class size is limited in all Jazzschool offerings. Most courses are available on a first-come first-served basis. We encourage you to register early and guarantee your spot! You can enroll online or call 510.845.5373.


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