Jazz ensembles range from large swing-style bands to small, improv-focused trios and quartets. Through playing together with other musicians, students elevate their performance skills in an environment that fosters teamwork, fun and music making. Jazz ensembles are built around age and skill, and foster students' movement through the jazz program as their skills develop.
New students or students with prior playing experience will have the opportunity to audition for the Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Department Chairperson for placement.
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Jazz Band Prep
Beginner Level, 1 - 2 years of experience
Jazz Band Prep introduces students to the exciting world of jazz performance. Students discover and learn basic jazz concepts, including performance techniques, improvisation, ear training and basic music theory. Students should be enrolled in individual or group instruction, or have at least two years of experience in playing their instrument. Instruments include woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar and bass.
More than 3 years of experience required
Jazz Combos are for intermediate to advanced students who are interested in taking their jazz studies a step further and learning how to improvise in a live setting with other musicians. Jazz Piano instructor Neal Kirkwood leads these small ensembles dedicated to the loose, flowing forms of jazz.
We also offer Jazz Workshops throughout the year for adults! Contact Brandon Tesh for more details.