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George Van Eps: An Introduction for Six String Guitarists with Nick Rossi

Workshop | Sun. 6/30: 12–3 pm

George Van Eps: An Introduction for Six String Guitarists with Nick Rossi

The consummate guitarists’ guitarist, George Van Eps spent most of life defining and refining an approach to playing the instrument.

Sold Out On the Bandstand

Class | Wed. 6:30–8 pm 4/3 – 6/5 (10 weeks)

On the Bandstand

This class is designed to help you build confidence in a live performance setting with a focus on bandstand essentials for vocalists, including: creating (and understanding the elements of) a clear, readable chart (aka lead sheet); communicating with instrumentalists effectively and collaboratively; creating arrangements; experimenting with style/feel; and approaches to improvisation/vocal soloing.

Soloing in Minor Keys with Kasey Knudsen

Workshop | Sunday, July 21, 11 am – 1 pm

Soloing in Minor Keys with Kasey Knudsen

Saxophonist Kasey Knudsen shares a range of ideas for soloing on jazz tunes in minor keys in this hands-on, interactive workshop for all players.  Bring your instrument!  About Kasey Knudsen Kasey Knudsen, a San Francisco-based saxophonist, composer, and educator, is a prominent figure in the Bay Area jazz scene.

The Neuroscience of Improvisation, Behavior Change, and Addiction w/Bradley Vines

Workshop | Sun. 7/21: 2–4 pm

The Neuroscience of Improvisation, Behavior Change, and Addiction w/Bradley Vines

This workshop explores overlapping brain processes involved in improvisation and habit formation.

Feel Like Singing The Blues? with Pamela Rose

Workshop | 3 Suns. 7/7 – 21: 12:30–3:30 pm

Feel Like Singing The Blues? with Pamela Rose

Blues is the most primal, powerful part of your soul, and singing it is more fun than you can possibly imagine.

Jazz Ensemble 1

Class | 2 Sections – 7/8 – 8/19 (7 weeks)

Jazz Ensemble 1

Put theory into practice by learning jazz standards while developing improvisation and ensemble skills.

Jazz Ensemble 2

Class | 2 Sections 7/9 – 8/20 (7 weeks)

Jazz Ensemble 2

This ensemble builds on the foundation of Jazz Ensemble 1.

Jazz Standards for Gigs

Class | 3 Sections

Jazz Standards for Gigs

Develop the skills and repertoire needed for typical jazz gigs through studying and performing common jazz styles, including swing, bossa nova, jazz waltz, and ballads.

Music of the Masters

Class | 3 Sections

Music of the Masters

Dig into the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and other jazz masters.

High School Funk Ensembles

FALL: Sat. 10–11:30 am 9/28 – 12/7 (10 weeks)

High School Funk Ensembles

Learn the classic funk hits of James Brown, Sly Stone, and others.

Middle School Jazz Combos

Weekly Various Times

Middle School Jazz Combos

Learn to play jazz and improvise while covering a wide repertoire from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Harris, and other jazz masters.

High School Jazz Combos

Weekly Various Times

High School Jazz Combos

Gain a greater understanding of jazz theory and develop improvisation skills through the study and performance of challenging jazz repertoire.

Advanced High School Jazz Workshops

FALL: Mondays 4:45 – 6:15 pm 9/23 – 12/2 (11 weeks)

Advanced High School Jazz Workshops

Explore the post-bop harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal innovations of Coltrane, Shorter, Corea, Hancock, Brecker, and others in this multiple DownBeat award-winning ensemble.

Studio Band – High School Big Band

FALL: Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm 9/23 – 12/2 (11 weeks)

Studio Band – High School Big Band

Develop technique, knowledge of jazz style, and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire.

Jazz Ain’t Nothing But The Blues

Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/8 – 8/19 (7 weeks)

Jazz Ain’t Nothing But The Blues

The blues and jazz have much in common, from their origins in the African-American communities of the southern United States at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Sing Your Songs and Take The Stage With Confidence!

Tuesdays 5:30 – 7 pm 7/9 – 8/20 (7 weeks)

Sing Your Songs and Take The Stage With Confidence!

This is a fun, encouraging, and informative class to work on songs of your choice while getting comfortable on the stage in preparation for a performance at the end of the term.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/11 – 8/22 (7 weeks)

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

If you love to sing harmony, join our Vocal Jazz Ensemble!

Intro to Jazz Improvisation

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm 7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks)

Intro to Jazz Improvisation

This fun, hands-on introductory course in jazz improvisation helps students build the foundational skills necessary to play improvised solos over common jazz chord progressions.

Indian Percussion

Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm 7/8 – 8/19 (7 weeks)

Indian Percussion

Learn the foundations of Indian rhythm and vocal percussion (konnakol), essential hand drumming techniques on traditional instruments (mridangam, ghatam, and khanjira), ways to improve rhythmic time and feel, and approaches to improvisation and composition.