Young Musicians Program

THE JAZZSCHOOL AT CJC

Young Musicians Program

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 class descriptions, at the bottom of this page. 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

PIANO
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Jazz Piano 1
For relatively new students of jazz piano. Working from classic repertoire, students will learn some simple voicings, comping patterns and vocabulary.
Colin Hogan, $395

 

Jazz Piano Greats
Study the music of some of the most influential jazz pianists in history, learning some of the trademarks of their styles.
Colin Hogan, $395

Colin Hogan

Solo Jazz Piano
A class devoted to the study of solo jazz piano. Students will study classic examples and work on their own solo pieces.
Colin Hogan, $395

GUITAR
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Funk Guitar
Learn to sit deep in the pocket as we explore classic guitar patterns from the music of James Brown, Prince, modern gospel and many more. Along the way we will tackle technical considerations and sprinkle in some theory, but job number one is to make it feel right rhythmically!
Jon Monahan, $395

Gospel Guitar
To listen to modern players like Isaiah Sharkey and Jubu Smith is to hear most of what is possible on guitar, along with some things that might not be possible! Under the virtuosity is a firm foundation of classic soul, drawing on the styles of Ernie Isley, Curtis Mayfield, and lesser known church players. We’ll learn chord melodies to some classics from the genre, and explore songs from musicians who have felt its influence, including Prince, D’angelo, and PJ Morton.
Jon Monahan, $395

Jon Monahan

Make It Sing
Examine highly musical ideas often overlooked on the guitar. We’ll take concepts like contrary motion, appoggiaturas, adapting stacked vocal harmonies and more, finding fresh-sounding but comfortable ways to play them. Heavy emphasis on chord melodies from Wes Montgomery, Baden Powell and other masters.
Jon Monahan, $395

Solo Guitar
For a guitarist, learning to play solo is one of the best ways to learn tunes, work on your time, your feel, your comping, and your soloing all in one. We’ll learn to play solo arrangements by guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, explore ways to comp for ourselves while playing melodies, and we’ll create our own arrangements of jazz standards. Learning the fundamentals of solo guitar, guitarists will become more confident being in charge of the feel, harmony and melodies they play.
Sam Klein-Markman, $395

BASS
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Electric Bass 101
For relatively new students of the electric bass. Working from classic repertoire, students will learn some simple bass lines in different styles, ranging from jazz to bossa to funk.

Scott Thompson, $395

Scott Thompson

Funk Bass
Learn to slap, pop and play the bass lines to some of the classic funk tunes – from James Brown to Parliament/Funkadelic and much more.

Scott Thompson, $395

Brazilian Bass
Dive deep into the waters of Brazil music, learning various styles ranging from bossas to sambas to choros to more modern styles.

Scott Thompson, $395

DRUMS
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Jazz Drumming Language
The class explores different ways to hack into jazz comping, jazz drumming hand techniques, and jazz soloing.
Alan Hall, $395

Linear Drumming in Jazz and Funk
The class examines various approaches to linear drumming as utilized in jazz and funk contexts. We’ll explore linear approaches to both grooving and soloing.
Alan Hall, $395

Alan Hall

A Drummer’s Perspective: Lead Sheets and Big Band Charts
The class aims to equip students with the ability to interpret and musically execute both lead sheets and big band drum parts. Ability to read 8th note and 1/4 note rhythms is needed.
Alan Hall, $395

Funk Drumming Styles
Funk drumming has evolved from the early soul jazz styles through to the modern ‘Dilla” type grooves of today. In this class we will explore the key features of several varieties of funk drumming.
Alan Hall, $395

Drumming for All
In this class, open to non-drummers and beginning drummers, you’ll be introduced to basic drumming and rhythmic skills through the use of standard and alternative notation. The goal is to help you strengthen your own sense of rhythm while simultaneously learning some standard jazz, funk and Latin drum set grooves.
Alan Hall, $395

Around the World on a Drum Set
In this class, we will examine the influence different musical styles have had on jazz, as well as the influence that jazz has had and continues to have on other styles of music. In addition to playing swing and straight-ahead jazz, we will play Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, blues, New Orleans, funk and rock grooves. We’ll work on coordination exercises that will help students become more fluid in all of these styles. An introduction to basic polyrhythms will also be included and we will work on reading skills. This class is designed to give drummers the confidence to play in almost any musical situation.
David Rokeach, $395

Jazz Drum Soloing Skills
If you’re unhappy with your soloing it’s probably due to one of several things: technique misfires, losing your flow, nervousness or losing the thread of an idea. In this class we’ll touch upon all these areas and learn ways to improve them and start along the path to becoming a solid, exciting and musical drum soloist.
Alan Hall, $395

Lorca Hart

The Foundations of Jazz Drumming
An introduction to technique, key rhythms and musicality on the drum set.
Lorca Hart, $395

THEORY AND IMPROVISATION
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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.

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

COMPOSITION AND ARRANGING
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Composition
Ever want to write music but didn’t know where to begin? In this composition class, we will look at examples of great compositions, examining what makes us love them. From our observations and assigned exercises you will then write compositions of your own to workshop together in class.
Nora Stanley, $395

Erik Jekabson

Jazz Arranging
In this class, students learn the basics of jazz arranging. May use pencil and paper or music notation software if available.
Erik Jekabson, $395

Advanced Jazz Arranging
Students with experience in jazz arranging learn how to write in different styles and for multiple instruments. May use pencil and paper or music notation software if available.
Erik Jekabson
, $395

MUSIC, CULTURE AND HISTORY
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Music from Around the World
Expand your musical horizons by learning about amazing styles from all over the world! Discover, listen to, analyze, and discuss important genres with an emphasis on defining characteristics, primary artists, history, influences and innovations. Group discussions will ensure that many perspectives will be present and encouraged. All musical levels are welcome.

Colin Hogan, $395

Terrence Brewer

The History of Jazz in Ten Songs
This course takes an historical, hands-on-playing, and listening-rich approach to analyzing the 10 songs that shaped the history of America’s indigenous art form, jazz. Each week the class will explore a different composition.
Terrence Brewer, $395

COMPUTERS AND MUSIC
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Intro to Sibelius Notation Software
Learn how to make lead sheets, clean and correct scores and parts, and midi demos. Students must purchase a copy of Sibelius notation software for class use.
Erik Jekabson, $395

Collaborative Music Production
With modern technology, it’s never been easier to create music! In this class we will create music in a welcoming collaborative setting using DAWs (digital audio workstations). Popular methods and techniques from various genres will be discussed with examples from great artists, with a goal of creating original pieces together as a group. The only requirements are access to any DAW (even Garage Band on a phone!) and the ability to record audio and/or midi.

Colin Hogan, $395

 

PRACTICE TECHNIQUES
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Practice Techniques For The Improvising High School Musician
Have you ever felt that you “need” to practice, but just can’t seem to “want” to practice? Or possibly even worse, you really do want to practice, but feel so completely overwhelmed by all the different things you need to work on, that you become paralyzed by not knowing where to start? Another classic example is to spend large amounts of time in the practice room, but with such an unfocused approach, that very little is actually achieved. You’re certainly not alone if any of these sound familiar. However, by learning to structure a practice session for oneself––one that covers all musical bases while multi-tasking; balances routine while constantly introducing new material; and one that allows for creative detours without getting lost––practice sessions can be a fun a relaxing bit of “me time.” Practice sessions help us improve our ears, tone, time, intonation, range, repertoire, vocabulary, and understanding of harmony, all while developing our own voice. In this class we will cover different techniques for developing personalized, efficient, and fun practice techniques.

Darren Johnston, $395

Darren Johnston

Let’s Practice! – For Middle School Musicians
Did you know that practice time is actually not a chore, but can be super fun? It’s true! With some creativity––and by knowing what’s important to touch on––we can improve quickly, while finding ways to express ourselves and having a great time. Let’s practice together!

Darren Johnston, $395

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES
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Jazzschool-Online Virtual Performance Ensemble Notes
Jazzschool-Online Virtual Performance Ensembles combine online class meetings, using Zoom, with collaborative web-based recording projects, using an online digital audio workstation (DAW) called Soundtrap. The ensembles do not play together in real-time, but rather build arrangements collectively through a process of overdubbing.

High School Funk Ensemble
The band will use web-based recording software to overdub their parts, collaborating to record classic funk repertoire of James Brown, Sly Stone and others. Vocalists and horns welcome! Technical requirements: wired headphones; equipment to record yourself into your computer (external USB mic and/or audio interface and/or MIDI/USB); a strong internet connection (wired is recommended). Ensemble placement consultation required: contact erik@cjc.edu for details.
Jon Monahan, $395

Please indicate your class enrollment preferences on the application form below.
Thank you for your interest in Jazzschool-Online Young Musicians Programs!

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

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