IMPROVISATION BEGINNING JAZZ IMPROVISATION
A friendly, supportive atmosphere in which to practice the basics of jazz improvisation. Start with the blues then progress to jazz standards, learning essential scales and chords, playing at every session, trading licks, learning patterns and building solos. Ideal for classical players or anyone aspiring to jam or perform with a jazz ensemble.
Prerequisites: Facility on an instrument and ability to play all major scales from memory.
Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/1 1 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Rob Ewing • $275
INTERMEDIATE JAZZ IMPROVISATION
This course gives students a strong foundation in the Great American Songbook repertoire and the ability to improvise over chord progressions with correct notes and good phrasing. Several compositions from the Great American Songbook will be used as vehicles to study basic chord structures, scale structures and non-diatonic neighboring tones. Emphasis is placed on utilization of basic harmonic concepts, thereby turning exercises into melody. A step-by-step conceptual approach is used and with each new tune, a different concept is added.
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)
Glenn Richman • $275
IMPROV ZOO ENSEMBLE GAMES AND TOOLS FOR CREATIVE GROWTH
We all improvise in daily life and conversation, and yet we often feel stuck or inhibited in our musical expression. This highly interactive class offers a host of fun, non-traditional improv games and tools for instrumentalists and vocalists at all levels. Activities will include body percussion warm-ups, playing with prompts and chance elements, free improv, “soundtracking,” conducted improv, and lots of fun surprises! You can expect to stretch creatively and feel freer playing on your own and with others. We’ll cultivate a collective sense of “play” and safe risk taking in our improv together. Note: this is a non-performing ensemble, so the focus will stay entirely on the present experience. Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists. Materials provided by instructor. Prerequisites: basic proficiency on your instrument.
Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/9 – 7/30 (4 weeks)
Jennifer Jolly • $180
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