Mini Courses

Jazz
Melodic Improvisation

Dates:  February 10, 2021 to March 3, 2021 (4 weeks)
Schedule: Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

What to play when improvising jazz? Scales, modes, and chords offer many choices, but the strongest ideas can often be found in the melodies of the tunes we are playing. We’ll explore different improvisation concepts based on the themes of a few jazz standards that we will learn by ear. This course is open to all levels and is designed so that all can benefit from the improvisation concepts wherever you are in your development as an improviser. For those of you who have taken my improvisation class in the past in person, the online course format will be similar, using backing tracks to play with a rhythm section.

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Jazz
Improvise with Rhythms

Dates:  February 8, 2021 to March 1, 2021 (4 weeks)
Schedule: Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

Elevate your playing by taking a deep dive into rhythm. All instruments welcome!

Do you miss playing and hanging with other musicians? Hosted by Juno Award winner Solon McDade this course will help direct and develop your playing, improvisational vocabulary and leadership. Use this opportunity to join with like-minded players to improve your rhythm with practical exercises that will focus on precision, time feel, clarity of musical ideas, articulation and dynamics. By exploring tunes, common chord progressions, voice leading, modes and comping with a focus on rhythm, you will be supplied with a tool set that will quickly help develop your technical playing and your personal musical voice, expanding your ability to perform with confidence with other musicians and become a leader on the bandstand.

This course will be offered in a welcoming, open safe space with a focus on live performance, positivity and fun, enhanced by curated level appropriate support materials (exercise pdfs, backing tracks and source recordings).

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Jazz
MONK 101: An Introduction to Thelonious Monk’s Music

Dates:  February 11, 2021 to March 4, 2021 (4 weeks)
Schedule: Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

In this Beginner to Intermediate level online course, we will learn to play Monk compositions including 'Misterioso', 'In Walked Bud', 'Bemsha Swing' and 'Round Midnight'. Using the original recordings as our guide, we will examine the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic aspects of Monk's music. We will learn simple and effective concepts that can immediately help us to improvise more comfortably on his tunes.

Students will have the opportunity to play their instruments in class as we work on the material together. 'Play-Along' recordings will also be provided.

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Choir
Introduction to Choral Singing (Children)

Dates:  February 10, 2021 to March 24, 2021 (6 weeks)
Schedule: Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 PM
Course Fee: $135
Location: Online

For new students interested in learning about singing in a choir

Have you ever wanted to join a choir, but found auditions to be too nerve-racking? Come discover your voice, and learn about choirs in this six-week introduction course to the wonderful world of choral singing! No audition required. We will explore musical concepts applied in the choral setting, while also learning what it means to be part of a choir. The skills and knowledge learned through the classes will be applied in musical games and by learning to sing different songs from the choral repertoire.

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Choir
Introduction to Choral Singing (Youth)

Dates:  February 10, 2021 to March 24, 2021 (6 weeks)
Schedule: Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

For new students interested in learning about singing in a choir

Have you ever wanted to join a choir, but found auditions to be too nerve-racking? Come discover your voice, and learn about choirs in this six-week introduction course to the wonderful world of choral singing! No audition required. We will explore musical concepts applied in the choral setting, while also learning what it means to be part of a choir. The skills and knowledge learned through the classes will be applied in musical games and by learning to sing different songs from the choral repertoire.

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Jazz Theory
Harmony of Jazz Standards

Dates:  October 19, 2020 to November 9, 2020 (4 weeks)
Schedule: Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

Have you ever been told by a teacher that you could play the C major scale over this long sequence of seemingly unrelated chord symbols? This four-week course will explain the basics of functional harmony to help you make links between chords and discover a more global viewpoint when navigating the harmonic progressions of jazz standards. You will learn the fundamentals of harmony using examples from the jazz repertoire and never look at a lead sheet with the same eyes!

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Jazz Ensemble Preparation

Dates:  March 1, 3, 5 and 6 (4 classes)
Schedule: 1:00-2:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

Want to play with other people, but don’t yet have a confident grasp on what that entails and how to “succeed”? This course will serve as an introduction (or vital refresher for any level) in the skills needed to play, collaborate, rehearse and improvise in a group setting. Special attention will be paid to individual preparation - exercises students can do at home to feel comfortable and confident in an ensemble setting once it is possible to hold in-person ensemble classes again. Course topics will include: rehearsal-specific jazz vocabulary, active listening, keeping track of time/song form, identifying and tackling issues, group communication, how to prepare individually for the next rehearsal, how to overcome nerves, and more. All ages are welcome.

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Introduction to Jazz Piano

Dates:  March 1, 2, 3 and 6 (4 classes)
Schedule: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

This five-week course is an introductory overview of David Ryshpan's fundamental concepts of jazz piano. How do we approach this great instrument physically, conceptually, and rhythmically in the tradition of what we call "jazz"? What are the differences for a musician coming from Western classical music? We will listen together and discover some simple yet powerful philosophies to use at the keyboard.

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Piano Seminar
Travel the World

Dates: March 1-5 (5 classes)
Schedule: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Course Fee: $150
Location: Online

What you will need:

  • Internet connection
  • Computer/tablet
  • Headphones (much better than computer/tablet speakers for listening to music!)

Description:
Sure, you know what a piano is, but where did it come from? What came before it? How has music changed with the instrument? This class will journey through time to answer these questions!

What we will listen to:

  • What some pre-piano keyboard instruments sound like
  • What some early pianos sound like
  • Music written for each instrument

We will learn about:

  • How each of these keyboard instruments work
  • How music changed because of the piano
  • How the piano changed because of music
  • How discovering history can help us decide the musical sounds we create at the piano

Each class will consist of:

  • Informational videos
  • Listening to and watching recordings of music-making
  • Conversation
  • Polls, quizzes, and participatory games

This course is an ideal introduction to piano history and literature for anyone who can listen, watch, interact, and engage for an hour. Will require the ability to read and respond to simple prompts or questions. No grades—just learning!

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