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Winter: Jazz Essentials 1 & 2 – Jazz Arts Academy

Winter: Jazz Essentials 1 & 2 – Jazz Arts Academy

Ages: 13+

January 23 - March 20 | Sundays: 3PM - 5PM

Instructor: Brandon McCune & Zach Lorelli


The class will enable students to hone their skills in the language of jazz.  The beginning course will introduce concepts of jazz melody and harmony and the introductory basics of jazz improvisation.  The more advanced class will dive deep into Jazz performance training.  Topics covered will include ii-V-I vocabulary, common scale patterns, advanced scales, and Jazz History. Students will leave with an understanding of what (and how) to practice to become a fluent improviser.

Placement will be determined by audition and evaluation.  Requirements: Students ages 13-19 should have 3-4 years of experience playing and have know at least 3-4 major scales, know how to read music, and understand rhythm.

This program will conclude with a student showcase on November 28th.

Jazz Arts Academy is presented by the Jazz Arts Project a partnership program with the Count Basie Center for the Arts.

Sept. 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28

Tuition assistance grants and a limited number of full scholarships are available.
Please apply early, as these opportunities are limited.

Basie’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music, 65 Chestnut St. | Grunin Hall

Due to changing guidance and the unknown variables of the COVID-19 variants, masks wearing will be required for all onsite participants and staff of the Basie Academy of the Arts.

*CDC / state guidance subject to change.

SPRING Session: April 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19 (Showcase)

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