Ensembles

Blues Workshop

David Zoffer,Coordinator
Schedule: Begins as early as June 10 (some ensembles may start as late as July)
(Six 2.25 hour sessions and a final concert)
Placement Auditions: Saturday, May 31st, beginning at 2 p.m. Call 617-585-1701 to reserve a time
1 CE credit or Non-credit: $640

In this performance-oriented class, students learn how to play Chicago and New Orleans blues from both a technical and an emotional perspective. Emphasis is place on developing content (i.e., what to play) and on being able to deliver ideas with excitement and impact (i.e., how to play). Source material is drawn from such blues legends as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, James Booker, Magic Sam and many others. The use of the blues in jazz, funk and rock music is also explored. This is a class for the head and the heart; it emphasizes playing music with feeling.

Ensemble times will be scheduled at the convenience of the students and instructor following auditions. Course materials will be handed out before the class runs. All instruments and voice welcome. (Private lessons at NEC or elsewhere should be set aside to work on the pieces for this class to help prepare for the concert

All participants must complete the Summer Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form before registering.

 

Jazz Ensembles

David Zoffer, Coordinator
Schedule: Begins as early as June 10 (some ensembles may start as late as July) (Six 2.25 hour sessions and a final concert)
Placement Auditions: Saturday, May 31st, beginning at 2 p.m. Call 617-585-1701 to reserve a time
1 CE credit or Non-credit: $640

Jazz ensembles are formed at all levels for instrumentalists and vocalists for both young and adult musicians. Emphasis is on exploring a variety of jazz styles and improvisation techniques.

Ensemble times will be scheduled at the convenience of the students and instructor following auditions. Course materials will be handed out before the class runs. All instruments and voice welcome.

All participants must complete the Summer Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form before registering.

Jazz Theory & Ear Training

Integrated Jazz Theory

Rick McLaughlin, Instructor
Tues and Thurs 6-8:15PM beginning as early as June 10 (could start as late as July 1 depending on student availability)

Placement Auditions: Saturday, May 31st, beginning at 2 p.m. Call 617-585-1701 to reserve a time
1 CE credit: $640
Non-credit: $425

“Wait, how does that song work?” and “If you can’t hear it, you can’t play it” are common phrases for aspiring jazz musicians.  The first usually comes from students, and the second, from teachers.  Jazz, perhaps more than any other genre, is best performed when the performers have both a theoretical understanding of the music and “the ears” to hear the nuances of the music.  This 15-hour course aims to bring those two aspects together, in hopes of supporting a deeper understanding of the inner-workings of jazz, while helping musicians evolve as performers and composers, growing into the music.   Topics such as scales, chords, intervals, rhythms, melodies, chord progressions, and common compositional forms will be built and analyzed from a theoretical point of view, and reinforced in class through singing, performing, and aural recognition.  Students will apply their understanding of course topics though homework assignments, composition and transcription projects, and quizzes.  Recording devices are encouraged. 

All participants must take the Summer Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form before registering.

Private Instruction

Registration for Summer Session Private Instruction will be posted shortly. In the meantime, please complete the Summer Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form.

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IT'S LIKE AN ACT OF MURDER; YOU PLAY WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SOMETHING. DUKE ELLINGTON