Theory and Improvisation Classes for Young Musicians

THE JAZZSCHOOL AT CJC

Theory and Improvisation Classes for Young Musicians

Theory and Improvisation (for Young Musicians) Notes
Placement in Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Jazz Theory and Improvisation is based on an audition. Please submit a recording (audio or video) performing and improvising on a jazz standard or 12 bar blues of your choice to erik@cjc.edu. You may use a play along track for accompaniment. Please state the student’s name at the beginning of the recording. For those with no previous improvisation experience who would like to start with the beginning level course, no audition is required.

Jazzschool-Online Young Musicians Program Notes
Scheduling for all Young Musicians Program classes is TBD, based on student scheduling preferences submitted with the application form following each class description. Classes begin the week of September 21st, 2020 and meet for 90 minutes once a week for 10 weeks, with a break for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Jazzschool-Online Technical Notes
All Jazzschool-Online classes meet online via Zoom. Technical requirements include: computer, tablet or phone with a reliable internet connection. Computer (laptop or desktop) is preferred, but a tablet or phone is also possible, with somewhat limited functionality. Optional for improved sound quality: external microphone, either connected via USB or XLR cable to audio interface. For a budget USB mic option, we recommend the Samson Go, currently retailing for around $50 new. Additional technical requirements are listed for specific classes below.

10-WEEK FALL QUARTER / SEPTEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 6 / ALL CLASSES VIA ZOOM / ALL TIMES PACIFIC

Beginning Jazz Theory and Improvisation
Various Instructors, $395

Intermediate Jazz Theory and Improvisation
Various Instructors, $395

Advanced Jazz Theory and Improvisation
Various Instructors, $395

Raffi Garabedian

Applying Approach Notes to Chord Tones, Scales and Soloing
Learn different approach note patterns, shapes, and rhythms while applying them to scales and chord changes. Basic knowledge of scales and chord tones is required.
Raffi Garabedian, $395

Bebop Boot Camp
Study and transcription of the bebop jazz language. We’ll learn, analyze and try to memorize the music of the masters. For advanced players only.
Erik Jekabson, $395

Integrating Voice Leading
Develop a thorough understanding of voice leading through a mixture of analysis, theory, and different patterns and improvisation techniques aimed at integrating these ideas onto our instruments and into our aural understanding. We will study a range of historical examples from Bach to Charlie Parker and Mark Turner, and will work to apply these ideas to our playing over common jazz repertoire that we will learn in class. Suitable for all instruments––decent to relatively strong foundation in technique and theory is recommended.
Sam Priven, $395

Time and Developing Your Beat
Develop your time through a range of fun exercises meant to challenge you wherever you’re at. We will work with different variations of displaced metronome exercises, polyrhythms, odd meters, and much more. Suitable for all instruments and levels.
Sam Priven, $395

Nora Stanley

Transcription
In this transcription class you will learn how to take a solo or song you like, put it on your instrument, and break it down in an analysis that will help you internalize harmonic, rhythmic and melodic concepts. Transcription is one of the best ways to practice ear training, technique, and absorb jazz vocabulary––an indispensable tool!
Nora Stanley, $395

Learning Jazz By Ear
In this class, we’ll work on connecting what we hear to our instruments, listening to melodies and harmonies and learning to play them without looking at a page. We will transcribe famous jazz solos, listen for the chord changes and melodies of jazz standards, and translate that to our own improvisation.
Sam Klein-Markman, $395

10-WEEK FALL QUARTER / SEPTEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 6 / ALL CLASSES VIA ZOOM / ALL TIMES PACIFIC

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