Jazz Classes | Ages 8 to 18


OVER 20 ENSEMBLES!

Our 20+ weekly instrumental and vocal classes for students of all levels are set up as ensembles, so that students not only learn to play their instruments, solo and improvise, but also collaborate with other musicians.

Award-Winning Big Bands & Small Combos | CHiCA Power | Organ Ensemble | Vocal Jazz Academy | Emerging Artists Performances Programs | Instrumental Jazz Academy

REGISTER TODAY

As the summer winds down, things are still buzzing at the Jazz House as we prepare for the Fall semester.  The 2019-2020 school year is about to start, and we’re excited to announce that Registration is now open for NEW and RETURNING students! Whether you’re new to the Jazz House, or you’ve been with us for a while, you must complete your Registration Application.

SUNDAY INSTRUMENTAL ACADEMY

JAZZ HOUSE BiG BAND

Level: Advanced  |  Tuition $1,495 (5.5 hours)

Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm |  Instructor: Abraham Burton

Attracting the top talent from the area, these ensembles now have their own dedicated day to help serious Jazz musicians advance their musicianship. This college preparatory track provides expansive instruction through the award-winning performance and touring JAZZ HOUSE BIG BAND. Students will play a wide arrange of music and perform in a series of concerts and competitions alongside JAZZ HOUSE Artistic Chair, Christian McBride

AMBASSADORS + IMPROV

Level: Advanced

Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm  |  Instructors: Mike Lee, Andy McKee, and Abraham Burton

This  award-winning performance and touring ensemble is comprised of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS ‘top improvisers. Students will receive extensive instruction on small ensemble performance plus an improv class focusing on theory, transcription and language.

WEEKDAY LARGE ENSEMBLES

DYNASTY BiG BAND

Level: Intermediate  |  Tuition: $1,000 (2 hours)

Time: Tuesdays 5:00pm – 7:00pm  |  Instructor: Mike Lee

  • Fall + Spring Concerts
  • Performance Ensemble
  • Pre-Placement Audition Required*

The Dynasty Big Band explores the music of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other grand masters of jazz. The ensemble focuses on developing skills for playing in a section and addresses improvisation and jazz phrasing.

LEGACY ORCHESTRA

Level: Intermediate  |  Tuition: $1,000 (2 hours)

Time: Thursdays 5:00pm – 7:00pm  |  Instructor: Nathan Eklund

  • Fall + Spring Concerts
  • Performance Ensemble
  • Enrollment open for select instruments

Students will be introduced to the exciting world of the Big Band and explore its rich history while developing the fundamentals of music and Jazz in a large ensemble setting.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG ENSEMBLE

Level: Beginner  |  Tuition: $750 (90 mins)

Time: Saturdays 10:30-11:45am, Tuesdays 5:45pm – 7pm  |  Instructor: Ed Palermo

  • Fall + Spring Concerts
  • Pre-Placement audition Required*

Serious fun! Entry-level performance ensemble for students new to jazz.

WEEKDAY SMALL ENSEMBLES

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ORGAN AMBASSADORS

Level: Advanced   |  Tuition: $1,200 (90 mins)

Time: Mondays 7:15-8:45pm  |  Instructor: Radam Schwartz

  • Fall + Spring Concerts
  • Performance Ensemble
  • Pre-Placement audition required*

A JAZZ HOUSE KiDS flagship combo, as well as the only pre-collegiate organ ensemble in the US. This combo is featured in recordings, festivals, conferences and competitions.

MESSENGERS

Level: Intermediate/Advanced  |  Tuition: $1,000 (90 mins)

Time: Tuesdays 7:15-8:45pm  |  Instructors: Mike Lee and Abel Mireles

  • Fall I Spring Concerts
  • Pre-Placement audition required*

The Messenger groups explore the art of improvisation, group interaction, and jazz performance. For serious minded students engaging in the advanced study of the Jazz idiom.

BLUES AND ROOTS + ROOTS OF IMPROV

Level: Beginner/Intermediate | Tuition: $1,000 (90 mins)

Time: Mondays 6:00-7:00pm (Roots of lmprov),  7:15-8:45pm (Blues and Roots)

Instructors: Kelly Green and Bruce Williams

  • Fall I Spring Concerts
  • Pre-Placement audition required*

The road to Jazz is paved with blues and roots. Building the foundation of Jazz by starting with the blues, standard tunes, and Jazz classics in a fun and engaging setting. Also, for the student looking to expand his/her base of Jazz Knowledge, an additional improv sessions will develop theory and a stronger understanding of the language of improvisation.

CHiCA POWER EXPERIENCE

Level: All Levels  |  Tuition: $40 per monthly session (3hrs 15min)

Time: Saturdays 11:00 – 2:15pm Jazz improvisation | Ensemble | Conversation

Instructors: TBD |  Director: Allison Russo

  • Concerts + Performances
  • Pre-Placement audition required*

CHiCA Power™ is specially focused on empowering girls through jazz. This exciting program provides a rich musical learning environment, peer-to-peer engagement and mentoring by top female jazz instructors. Each month, middle and high school students will come together for an improv class focusing on theory, transcription and language, a dynamic jazz combo and an exciting CHiCA Power activity. The CHiCA Power motto is rise + improvise!

To join the CHICA Power Experience, students must be enrolled at the JAZZ HOUSE in a year-long ensemble. This program is partially supported by the Montclair Fund for Women, the ASCAP Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation and our many generous donors

VOCAL ACADEMY

VOCAL JAZZ ACADEMY

Level: All Ages + Levels  |  Tuition: $1,200 (2 hrs)

Time: Wednesdays 6-8:45 pm  |  Instructors: Amy London and Dylan Pramuk

  • Fall + Spring Concerts

NEW DAY!! An exciting College Preparatory Program + Vocal Jazz for ensemble and solo singing. All singers from novice to advanced are welcome.