Online Young Musicians Program


Online Young Musicians Program


Practice Techniques
Software / Computer Music
Music History
Theory, Composition, Arranging

All Classes begin the week of July 6. Classes meet once a week for 6 weeks, with each Class lasting 90 minutes. The cost of each 6-week Class is $275. Specific Class meeting times and days will be determined based on the times that work best for interested students. All classes will be conducted online via teleconferencing using the ZOOM application.

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Practice Techniques For The Improvising Musician – For High School Musicians
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.

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!


Introduction to Sibelius Music Notation Software
Intro to Sibelius: Learn how to make lead sheets, clean and correct scores and parts, and midi demos.

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.


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.

Black Music and Freedom
Black Music and Freedom is a 6-part Zoom class that explores the role of Black Music during freedom movements in the United States. Each class will include discussion and inquiry, recordings, video clips, photos and charts, and live performance.


Beginning Theory and Improvisation
You will work on key signatures, major scales, triads and their corresponding scales; introduction to modes.

Intermediate Theory and Improvisation
This class, for students who have mastered the skills listed under Beginning Theory and Improvisation, will work on modes, 7th chords and their corresponding scales; introduction to the ii-V-I progression.

Advanced Theory and Improvisation
This class, for students who have mastered the skills listed under Intermediate Theory and Improvisation, In addition you will work on understanding modal harmony and navigating major and minor ii–V–I’s and other chord progressions; introduction to modes of melodic minor.

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.

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.

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!

Jazz Arranging
In this class, students learn the basics of jazz arranging. Music notation software and the knowledge of how to use it is required.

Advanced Jazz Arranging
Students with experience in jazz arranging learn how to write in different styles and for multiple instruments. Music notation software and the knowledge of how to use it is required.

Playing 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.



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

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.

A Drummer’s Perspective: How to Approach 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.

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, their commonalities and differences. This is a hands-on class and will include homework.

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.

Around the World on A Drumset
This class deals with playing various styles of music. We will talk about the influence that 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 be playing 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. Included will be an introduction to basic polyrhythms. We will also work on basic reading skills. This class is designed to give the student confidence to play in almost any musical situation. Our main goal will be to have a lot of fun!



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!

Some of the most satisfying ideas in music can be hard to realize on guitar! In this class, we explore guitar-friendly ways to not just play the “butter chords” but use devices like contrary motion, appoggiaturas, and more when approaching a Jazz or Brazilian standard. Heavy emphasis on chord melodies from Wes Montgomery, Baden Powell and other masters.

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.

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.


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.

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

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

The Walking Bassist
The Walking Bassist is a 6-part Zoom class for bass players that focuses on a traditional approach to the blues, ballads, playing standards, playing bass lines, producing a good bass sound, and soloing. Recordings, videos, transcriptions, live performance, and other sources will be used to teach fundamental concepts for performing bass. Each class will feature an innovative bassist whose work we will explore.


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

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

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.

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