Upcoming Classes

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: August 5 to 22

Monday 6 pm

  • Advanced Vocal: Contemporary Vocal Literature - Part 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    Learn how to present contemporary classics from a jazz point of view. Re-imagine songs like "Fields of Gold," "Superstition," and "Will I Lie to You." This is a great class for vocalists interested in filling out their repertoire with more current material while still keeping it "jazz." Students must be able to write their own charts. At the end of the 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes and Chart Writing
  • It's About Time
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): and Roger Spencer
    For drummers and bassists, this class is designed to center the player's time by focusing on the role of drums and bass as timekeepers. Class work will include metronome and time studies.
  • Standard Repertoire for Instrumentalists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON
    This is a great class for players looking to start and develop their jazz repertoire by focusing on standards commonly played and called in performance situations. Additional focus will be given to standard forms, chord progressions, intros and endings, modulations, and performance practices found in a number of jazz standards.
    For all instruments.
  • The Voice Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): and Margaret Rose
    LEIPERS FORK LOCATION
    Focusing on natural voice and conversational phrasing, students will learn from diagnostic techniques to evaluate performance and correct common vocal and performance problems. Voice Lab can be repeated or used as a review.

Monday 8 pm

  • Bebop Scales and Patterns
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    The Bebop scale began to appear in the 1950's and '60's as a way to enhance the flexibility of the major scale/mixolydian scale and create a more melodic and complex sound. Students will learn these scales, along with interesting patterns that will make them sound like pros.
  • Rhythm Section Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    This class will concentrate on how to play as a group. You will learn how to improve your sound, tighten your groove and define the pocket! For Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Vibes and Percussion.
  • Uptempo Tunes
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    UPTEMPO TUNES FOR VOCALISTS
    Study and perform up-tempo tunes, which all vocalists need for their sets, including "Avalon," "Lover Come Back To Me," "Cloudburst," "I Cried For You," and "Cherokee." In this class, you'll focus on repertoire, stylistic approach, and phrasing. At the end of the six-week session, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Five Great American Songbook literature classes, Chart Writing for Vocalists

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    TUNES YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR JAM SESSIONS (FOR VOCALISTS)
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Brazilian Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): James DaSilva
    In this 6-week study of Brazilian guitar and its function in Bossa-Nova and Samba, students will learn the authentic voicings, rhythms, and comping patterns essential to this style.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Joe Freel
    Learn to sing jazz standards. In this class, you'll learn correct melodies to jazz standards along with groove, jazz phrasing, and tone, while getting comfortable singing with an accompanist.
  • Musical Theatre Repertoire
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Musical Theater Repertoire Get ready to add a wide variety of styles to your repertoire from the world of Musical Theater. Participants will learn 16 different songs from musical theater makers such as Kander/Ebb, Herman, Sondheim, Weber, Tesori, Bray/Russell/Willis, and more. Gain the insights that are embedded in theater tunes (things like comic timing, story telling, characterizations, and consistency), while connecting with tunes that will broaden your vocal options and enhance your performance.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Brazilian Percussion
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dann Sherrill
    Students in this class will learn the major styles of Brazilian music along with their associated instruments and techniques. Instruments include the Pandeiro, Ganza, Caxixi, Chekere, Surdo, Tamborim, Timbau, Repinique, Agogo, Caixa (Snare Drum), Berimbau, Atabaque, and Quica. This class is the suggested prerequisite for the Brazilian Music Ensemble.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Instrumental Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Andy Reiss
    WESTERN SWING GUITAR STYLES, W/ ANDY REISS AND SPECIAL GUESTS
    This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.
  • Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): John Hinchey
    CLASS WILL FOCUS ON SIBELIUS
    This course focuses on the creation of rhythm section parts, starting with basic chord charts, master rhythm charts, and fully notated charts for the basic 4-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums). The class will concentrate on proper notation, layout, and techniques for printing and preparing charts for live performance and recording. Students will learn to create charts that prevent the time-consuming questions and confusion that can bog down a rehearsal or recording session. In the course of this study, students will gain a deeper understanding of how to use the music notation programs Sibelius and Finale.
  • Vocal Technique
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    Jazz singing offers the opportunity to learn contemporary singing techniques in a healthy and fun way. This class will help keep the student's voice in great shape with vocal exercises designed to promote ease of singing and to set the natural voice free. Students will learn some vocal physiology and anatomy, expand their range, and explore conversational singing through jazz. Unlock the secrets of singing through playful exercises, a bit of voice science, and jazz. Students sing with jazz tracks, and must purchase Hal Leonard's Jazz Tracks for Singers (male or female), book of 15 tunes and CD. Available at www.jazzbooks.com or www.halleonard.com

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Keyboard Basics
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    In this class, students study the keyboard, learning note names, intervals, chord structures, and musical notation in an easy to understand format. Students will learn a better sense of pitch center, chord shapes, and overall musical accuracy.
    Students must purchase Jazz Keyboard For Pianists and Non-Pianists by Jerry Coker. Available at www.jazzbooks.com
  • Rhythm Section Lab
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    This class will concentrate on how to play as a group. You will learn how to improve your sound, tighten your groove and define the pocket! For Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Vibes and Percussion.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Neal Cappellino
    THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 6-9PM, STUDIO VOCAL PRODUCTION FOR SINGERS, TUITION $50
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.
  • Social Media for Musicians
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Dara Tucker and Greg Bryant
    THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 6-9PM, TUITION $50
    In this class for singers and instrumentalists, students will learn how to promote their music activities beyond just setting up an account on Facebook and Twitter. Find out how to set up and maintain a social media "platform" from which to build and maintain your audience. This class is for both aspiring and professional musicians of any genre, as well as anyone else who is curious about social media promotion.
  • The Life and Music of Oscar Peterson
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Bruce Dudley
    THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 6-9PM, TUITION $50
    This class is a complete study of the music and life of Oscar Peterson, one of the greatest jazz pianists of our time. Oscar was famous for his blazing technique and incredible improvisational skills. But did you know that he was a vocalist? Come and enjoy learning about this great pianist and the many musicians who played with him, as we focus on Oscar's early years (before the famous trio) that led up to his most famous trio recordings.