Summer Classes

Summer Improv Class

  • In person, through zoom if necessary
  • Study critical elements of jazz language

  • Hands on
  • Tuesdays, 4:45 to 6:00
  • July 8–August 24
  • $240

In this 8 week course, we’ll look at some elements of the jazz language. We’ll analyze solos and isolate jazz language elements. Students will learn through the study of solos from some of the great jazz masters and by writing and performing your own solos.

  • Must have 3 years experience on your instrument
  • Must be able to read and write music
  • Experience playing jazz is an asset, but not necessary

Saxophone Quartet

  • All music provided
  • Wednesdays 4:45-6:00
  • July 6–August 24th
  • Stay sharp over the summer
  • Play music with other people!
  • $240

Saxophone quartet is one of the most musically satisfying ensembles saxophonists can participate in. Getting the full saxophone family together (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone) allows for a richness of sound, tonal colour and dynamic range that is simply irresistible. Players will learn to play in an ensemble setting and as a soloist as there is only one person playing every part. Musicians will notice improvements in their sight reading, tuning, sense of time and rhythm and musical sensitivity. 

Jazz Listening Class

  • Listen to great records
  • learn more about the styles, form, subgenre’s of jazz music
  • In person, through Zoom if necessary
  • Thursdays, 4:45 to 6:00
  • July 8th-August 26th
  • $180

In this class we’ll take a deep dive into a different subgenre of jazz, composer or era every week. Through these snapshots, we’ll get a sense of the incredible breadth of music under jazz’s umbrella. We’ll learn some of the historical context surrounding the music, and we’ll learn how to analyze and discuss the finer points of jazz compositions and improvising. On the last day of class, you’ll have the opportunity to present on music you’ve been listening to.

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