Jazz Classes

History of Jazz

Rick McLaughlin, Instructor

A comprehensive overview 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 will be placed on listening and class discussion, with possible live in-class performances. There will also be reading and listening assignments, plus a class presentation on a live jazz performance of the student’s choice.

Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Jazz Styles

David Zoffer, Instructor

This two-year class is designed for intermediate and advanced jazz students. It requires some prior knowledge of jazz theory and is required for Level III and IV of the Jazz Certificate Program. In this class, compositions will be analyzed from both the “big picture” (form, harmony, arrangement, melody and rhythm) and the “little picture” (articulation and methods of improvisation).

Musical sources for the first year include Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Mike Stern, and sources from 20th-century Classical music. The purpose of this class is to link jazz history to jazz theory. The second year explores the styles of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Buddy Guy, Frank Zappa, and more. Students create model compositions based on the material presented in class. Students will also sing and play along with recorded melodies and improvisations to learn different approaches to improvising and composing.

Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Jazz Ear Training

Introduction to Jazz Ear Training

Joel Yennior, Instructor

This year-long class is designed to give beginning and intermediate jazz students ear training, using musical vocabulary from the many different eras in jazz history. Students learn to identify basic intervals, chord sounds, and rhythms that are crucial building blocks in developing basic jazz aural skills. The class uses recorded source material, and there will be some simple transcription exercises. Designed to complement Jazz Theory I, this class ensures that students are familiar not only with the theoretical terminology and protocol of jazz, but that they also can aurally internalize (hear) and externalize (play and sing) jazz theory concepts.

Saturday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Intermediate Jazz Ear Training

Nick Grondin, Instructor

This class is designed for students who have a basic aural grasp of intervals and jazz chords, but are not yet working with advanced jazz vocabulary.

Saturday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Advanced Jazz Ear Training

Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Instructor

This class is designed for students working with sophisticated jazz aural vocabulary. It is required for students pursuing a Level IV Jazz Certificate.

Saturday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Jazz Theory

Jazz Theory I

Joel Yennior, Instructor

This year-long class is an introduction to the principles used for analyzing jazz compositions and the vocabulary used by jazz musicians for compositional and improvisational development. Emphasis is on understanding common technical terms and also on learning to apply theoretical constructs to playing and/or singing in a performance setting. Recordings of well-known jazz pieces will be used to demonstrate theory concepts.

Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00 PM

Jazz Theory II

Caio Afiune, Instructor

This year-long class is a continuation and expansion of the analytic principles and vocabulary introduced in Jazz Theory I. Class topics include dominant function, modal interchange, deceptive resolution, diminished chords and scales, and compound chords. Students listen to and analyze jazz standards from a variety of perspectives.

Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00 PM

Jazz Theory III

Caio Afiune, Instructor

This is an advanced jazz theory class, covering sophisticated jazz harmony and improvisation.

Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM