David Zoffer, chair
Rick McLaughlin, assistant chair

Jazz Faculty

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz Certificate

We offer a Jazz Certificate which is available in all instruments. See our Certificates page for more information.

Private Lessons

Private jazz instruction is offered by highly qualified and experienced faculty members. All levels are welcome! Lessons range from 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Private lessons are available in jazz voice, instruments, theory, arranging, and composition. Placement is made by the department chair, David Zoffer.  Please contact the Continuing Education Office at 617-585-1701 or ContinuingEducation@necmusic.edu for more info and a placement interview.

Jazz Placement and Scheduling

The Jazz Department has a new online form system this year that is being used for placement and scheduling The form provides the department chair with all of your information regarding classes, lessons, ensembles, and scheduling.

Both new and returning jazz students must complete this form. Completion of this form does not constitute registration or payment. If you have already registered, you must still fill out this form in order to get placed in the jazz course schedule.

Returning Jazz Continuing Ed. Students

Returning students do not have to re-audition, but they may if they want to by calling 617-585-1701. Returning students should already have Login IDs and Passwords. Follow the Continuing Ed Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form link below, add it to your cart, and then log in with your existing login credentials. If you’ve forgotten your Password you can retrieve it by clicking "Forgotten?" under the Password field. If you still cannot login, please call the Registrar’s office at (617) 585-1314 or e-mail prepceregistration@necmusic.edu. Please do not create a new account for yourself.

New Jazz Continuing Ed. Students

New students must complete this form in order to audition. Once completed, please call 617-585-1701 to schedule an audition. The first step is creating an account online. To begin creating an account, follow the Continuing Ed Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form link below, add it to your cart, and then click on the "Create New Account" button. If you are not sure whether you have an account, please call the Registrar’s office at (617) 585-1314 or e-mail prepceregistration@necmusic.edu.

The comprehensiveness of this form, and your corresponding answers, allows us to create a nearly custom schedule for the entire student body based on each student's interests, aspirations, and availability.  We appreciate your completion of this form.

Continuing Education Jazz Placement Questionnaire

Ensembles

(Note: to receive credit for jazz ensembles, students must prepare regularly for rehearsals and perform in jazz recitals. Small ensembles are offered at only one credit/non-credit price.)

Jazz Ensembles

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David Zoffer, Chair and Coordinator
Members of the Jazz Faculty
Saturday afternoons or weekday evenings
1.5 credits or non-credit: $975
Auditions: TBA
OFFERED FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
Begins Week of 1/12

Jazz ensembles are designed for instrumentalists and vocalists who wish to work with a complete rhythm section and are formed at all levels. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of various jazz styles and improvisation techniques. An introduction to the harmonic and analytic vocabulary used by jazz musicians for compositional and improvisational development. This class is recommended for students who are not familiar with basic jazz harmonic vocabulary. Class topics include chord construction, key signatures, diatonic modes and chord scales, basic extended jazz harmony, guide tones, and voice leading, as found in standard jazz chord progressions. Students will also learn to apply the theory concepts to their instruments. Students also compose pieces demonstrating their familiarity with Jazz theory concepts. It is important to note that very different material is covered in this class than in a classical theory class. This class will make Jazz private lesson time more effective, because the private teacher can concentrate on technique and improvisation instead spending time on building a solid theory foundation. The information covered in this class is so critical to Jazz players, that if it is not covered in a class setting, a private teacher will end up spending lesson time on it. Emphasis is on understanding common technical terms and also on learning to quickly apply theoretical constructs to playing and/or singing in a performance setting. The class will feature excerpts from notable jazz recordings to illustrate the various concepts being explored.

Participants must audition before registering.

Jazz Theory I


Joel Yennior, Instructor
Mon 6:00 - 7:30 pm
1.5 credits: $975
Non-credit: $655
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

 

An introduction to the harmonic and analytic vocabulary used by jazz musicians for compositional and improvisational development. Emphasis is on understanding common technical terms and also on learning to quickly apply theoretical constructs to playing and/or singing in a performance setting. The class will feature excerpts from notable jazz recordings to illustrate the various concepts being explored. Class topics include chord construction, key signatures, diatonic modes and chord scales, basic extended jazz harmony, guide tones, and voice leading, as found in standard jazz chord progressions.

 

Jazz Theory II

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Joel Yennior, Instructor
Mon 6:00 - 7:30 pm
1.5 credits: $975
Non-credit: $655
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Begins 1/12

A continuation and expansion of concepts introduced in Jazz Theory I, with additional focus on the harmonic, melodic and analytic devices used by jazz musicians for compositional and improvisational development. Topics of study include modal jazz improvisation techniques, slash chords and polychords, 7th chord extensions and altered chord tensions, dominant substituion scales, analysis of transcribed jazz solos, and the minor ii/V/I progression and minor blues forms.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory I.

 

 

Jazz Theory III

 

Rick McLaughlin, Instructor
Tue 6:00 - 7:30 pm
1.5 credits: $975
Non-credit: $655
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

A continuation and expansion of the analytic principles and jazz vocabulary introduced in Jazz Theory I. The same basic format is used from Jazz Theory II, but there is more emphasis on improvisational application and composition than in Jazz Theory II. Students must take Jazz Theory II as a prerequisite or test into this class with the Jazz theory placement quiz. Class topics include “modern” harmonic movement, modal hierarchies, chord substitutions, alternate modes, compound chords, chromatism, and improvisational pacing of theoretical concepts. The class will use recordings of well-known jazz pieces to demonstrate theory concepts. Students will spend much time analyzing compositions and improvisations by jazz masters, and composing.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory II

Jazz Theory IV

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Rick McLaughlin, Instructor
Tue 6:00 - 7:30 pm
1.5 credits: $975
Non-credit: $655
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Begins 1/12

A continuation of concepts introduced in Jazz Theory III.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory III.

Jazz Ear Training I

Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Instructor
Mon 7:30 - 8:30 pm

1 credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

 

A class designed to give students basic aural recognition skills, using jazz musical vocabulary, and to function as an aural counterpart to Jazz Theory I. Placement for this class is done during the Jazz Placement auditions. Emphasis is on ear identification, vocal imitation, and rhythmic development. This class is strongly recommended for instrumentalists who need to make a stronger connection to what they hear when they improvise, instead of just playing preconceived phrases. Emphasis is on simple interval recognition, basic jazz rhythmical rudiments, aural identification of beginning jazz harmony, simple transcription, and vocal and instrumental imitation. The class includes singing (no previous experience is necessary) and playing of instruments.

 Jazz Ear Training II

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Instructor
Mon 7:30 - 8:30 pm

1 credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Begins 1/12

A continuation of concepts introduced in Jazz Ear Training I.

Prerequisite: Jazz Ear Training I.

Jazz Ear Training III

Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Instructor
Mon 8:30 - 9:30 pm
1 credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

 

A continuation and expansion of Jazz Ear Training II. Students learn how to sing jazz voice leading lines, identify extended jazz harmony, imitate complex rhythmic figures, transcribe complex melodies and solos, and imitate singers and instrumentalists. The class includes singing and playing of instruments; portable recorders are required. Prerequisite: completion of either Jazz Ear Training I or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Jazz Ear Training II.

 

 Jazz Ear Training IV

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Instructor
Mon 8:30 - 9:30 pm
1 credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Begins 1/12

A continuation of concepts introduced in Jazz Ear Training III.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory III.

 

Composition and Arranging

 

Jazz Composition and Analysis


Rick McLaughlin, Instructor

Tues 4:30 - 6:00 pm
1.5 credits: $975
Non-credit: $655
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

 

This course focuses on various techniques and methods of composing—such as motivic development, rhythmic manipulation, and reharmonization—as well as on the structure of form and phrase. Exercises and assignments stem from an in-depth analysis of important jazz compositions and recordings. Prerequisite: completion of or current enrollment in Jazz Theory II, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Completion of or current enrollment in Jazz Theory II.

 Jazz Arranging

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Rick McLaughlin, Instructor
Tues 4:30 - 6:00 pm
1.5 credits: $975
Non-credit: $655

SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Begins 1/12

This course teaches students to compose and arrange parts for a small jazz ensemble. Topics covered include jazz notation for both rhythmic and melodic instruments; ranges and basic timbres of woodwind and brass instruments; technical limitations of instruments; writing introductions, interludes, background figures, and endings; and in-class demonstrations by professional musicians. Portable cassette recorders are required; private lessons are also available. Prerequisite: completion of or current enrollment in Jazz Theory II, or permission of the instructor. Text: Bill Dobbins: Jazz Arranging and Composing, A Linear Approach.

Prerequisite: Jazz Composition and Analysis

Music Technology

 

Finale Notation Software and Chart Writing

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David Zoffer, Chair, NEC Preparatory & Continuing Education Jazz Department
Wed 6:00 - 7:00 pm
1 CE credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Begins 1/12

Always wanted to learn computer notation software? Tired of not knowing how to make clear looking printed music for rehearsals and performance? Sharing his years of professional notation experience in Jazz, Pop and Classical music, David Zoffer starts this class with basic instruction in Finale notation software and gives students the ability to make professional charts based on the concept of developing empathy for the reader. In-class projects include: lead sheets (melodies and chords), two-line scores (enhanced lead sheets), rhythm section writing (drums, bass, guitar and keyboards), writing for vocals, changing keys, writing for horns, concert and transposed scores, part preparation, and through-composed (completely notated) scores. Also covered will be using Finale to make audio files as a tool for individual vocal or instrumental practice and composition. Finale software and MIDI keyboards are available for this course at the NEC Music Technology lab and NEC students can get a discounted price on buying a copy of Finale software if they so choose.

Prerequisite: This class also requires basic note reading skills (pitch identification on at least treble clef) and the ability to count rhythms in written music.

 

Contemporary Music Production and Technology

To learn more or to enroll in this course, please visit the Music Technology page.

 

 

Jazz History

Jazz History I

Rick McLaughlin, Instructor
Tues 7:30 - 8:30 pm

1 credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

 

The first half of a comprehensive overview, including recordings and in class discussion, of the evolution of American jazz from its roots in African folksong and ritual through the present day. Related topics such as Crossover, Third Stream, Fusion, and jazz-influenced classical music will also be considered. Emphasis is on listening and class discussion, with possible live in-class performances. There are also reading and listening assignments, plus a final paper each semester that will be a report on a live jazz performance of the student’s choice. There are listening and reading assignments. Presentations are done at the end of semesters on a live Jazz performance of the student's choice. This course is crucial for jazz students, because it will help students find out which styles of jazz inspire them, and make them informed listeners. A Jazz student must be able to tell his/her private teacher about their favorite jazz artists or styles of jazz, for the quickest musical growth to occur, and the jazz ensembles always draw on many eras of jazz history in each semester’s repertoire.

 

Jazz History II

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Rick McLaughlin, Instructor
Tues 7:30 - 8:30 pm
1 credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Begins 1/12

A completion of the history of American jazz as begun in Jazz History I. 

Prerequisite: Jazz History I.2014-01-21

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