Summer Jazz Seminars - The Program

Here is how the program works. There are three tracks to the seminar all of which can be mixed. The tracks vary from beginning to advanced, so a less experienced player won't have to jump into advanced groups, and advanced players can continue to grow musically.

Each day is broken up into two or three sections.

Mondays

1st hour
Beginning or advanced Jazz Theory - a study of the scales, chords and other elements that go into reading and writing jazz. Did you ever wonder what that D+9 or B#11 symbol on your music meant? Here is where you learn how to handle them.

(3rd year students may retake advanced theory or participate in our Advanced Concepts class featuring jazz combos and advanced improvisational techniques.)

2nd hour
Beginning or advanced Jazz Composition - beginners can write their first blues tune and advanced composers can even try arranging for one of our big bands or combos. Occasionally this class will explore music technology as well.

(3rd year students may retake advanced composition or participate in our Advanced Concepts class featuring jazz combos and advanced improvisational techniques.)

3rd hour
Beginning or advanced Big Band! - Play in one of our two large ensembles. Beginners will get a chance to work on jazz classics while the advanced big band will improve your sight reading by focusing on at least one new difficult piece every day.

Tuesdays

1st and 2nd hours
Jazz Pedagogy - You will meet with a specialist on your instrument (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, or drums) for both basic and advanced instruction. This is the perfect way to learn what your specific role is in a particular jazz groove (junk, blues, swing, Latin etc...) as well as picking up a few impressive licks that you can take back to your band in the Fall.

3rd hour
Beginning or advanced Big Band! - Play in one of our two large ensembles. Beginners will get a chance to work on jazz classics while the advanced big band will improve your sight reading by focusing on at least one new difficult piece every day.

Wednesdays

1st hour
Beginning or advanced Jazz History - Do you want to swing like Count Basie's band? Do you want Coltrane's sound? How about Miles' sense of space? Listen to the greats to play like the greats. This is where we learn the tradition of jazz so that we may carry the art forward with a sense of perspective.

(3rd year students may retake advanced theory or participate in our Advanced Concepts class featuring jazz combos and advanced improvisational techniques.)

2nd hour
Beginning or advanced Jazz Composition - beginners can write thier first blues tune and advanced composers can even try arranging for one of our big bands or combos.

(3rd year students may retake advanced composition or participate in our advanced concepts class featuring jazz combos and advanced improvisational techniques.)

3rd hour
Beginning or advanced Big Band! - Play in one of our two large ensembles. Beginners will get a chance to work on jazz classics while the advanced big band will improve your sight reading by focusing on at least one new difficult piece every day.

Thursdays

1st and 2nd hours
Jazz Combos - Play in one of four different jazz combos ranging in levels from beginning to advanced. For the beginners there are tunes like Chameleon and So What. For more advanced players there are challenging tunes like Giant Steps and Some Skunk Funk
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3rd hour
Beginning or advanced Big Band! - Play in one of our two large ensembles. Beginners will get a chance to work on jazz classics while the advanced big band will improve your sight reading by focusing on at least one new difficult piece every day.

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