Youth Jazz Classes


2020 – 2021 YOUTH JAZZ CLASSES

New this Year: 3 Trimesters, 3 Easy Registration Steps!

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS welcomes instrument and vocal students ages 8-18 of all levels and abilities, from beginners to pre-professionals headed to the nation’s top college music programs.

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of the entire JAZZ HOUSE community during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure the ability to adapt to the latest medical recommendations and guidelines, our 2020-21 classes will be offered in three (3) nine-week trimesters online with a built-in in-person component.

2020 JAZZ HOUSE KiDS BiG BAND

NEW THIS YEAR: 3 TRIMESTERS, 3 EASY REGISTRATION STEPS!

Registration is now open for NEW and RETURNING students! As part of our commitment to the health and safety of the entire JAZZ HOUSE community during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure the ability to adapt to the latest medical recommendations and guidelines, our 2020-21 classes will be offered in three (3) nine-week trimesters online with a built-in in-person component.

First Trimester

Sept 20 – Nov 19:  We will continue to deliver arts training in online learning format for Session One. 

Second Trimester

December 6 – February 18: Programming details to come

Third Trimester

March 14 – May 20: Programming details to come

Register in 3 easy steps!

#1 SIGN UP AND HOLD YOUR SPOT!

Whether you’re new to the JAZZ HOUSE or you’ve been with us for a while, you must complete your Registration Application. * Submitted auditions via YouTube or Vimeo are required from all new students and returning students from Fall 2019 or earlier.

  • $25 Registration fee
  • $100 Class reservation deposit required
  • *Limited tuition assistance is available
  • *All registration fees are non-refundable

#2 PREASSIGNED AN ENSEMBLE

Students in a weekday ensemble: Louis Armstrong on Mondays, Messengers on Tuesdays, choose one elective on their ensemble day. Vocal Academy students on Thursdays can choose one elective offered on any weekday.

Students in the Sunday Pre-college Instrumental Academy are placed in the JAZZ HOUSE Big Band and then can select any two electives.

All students will be notified about ensemble placements by the end of August.

 

#3 SELECT YOUR ELECTIVE(S)

Take your musicianship to the next level! Starting this fall, ONE elective is included for every student signed up in a pre-placed weekday ensemble class. These enhanced learning experiences will give students a deep dive into the technical aspects of their instrument, a chance to sharpen their improvisational tools and develop as a composer.

BONUS! Bi-Monthly Wednesday Masterclasses with special guests artists are built into every JAZZ HOUSE KiDS ensemble offering.

Fall Schedule Overview

Our Louis Armstrong track captivates young musicians with little to no jazz experience, while our vocal programs on Thursdays and big bands on Tuesdays challenge intermediate and advanced students.

New! This year, in addition to being placed in a weekly instrumental or vocal ensemble, you will get to choose an elective offering from a rich list of programming. Students not only learn to play their instruments, solo and improvise, but also collaborate with other musicians in a variety of exciting class offerings.

Mondays (Louis Armstrong Track)
Beginner Instrumental ensembles
Beginner electives

Tuesdays (Jazz Messenger Track)
Intermediate ensembles
Intermediate electives

Wednesdays (Special programs)
Bi-Monthly Masterclasses (all students)
Select electives

Thursdays (Vocal Jazz Academy)
Vocal class (all levels)
Vocal Academy electives

Sundays (Instrumental Academy)
JAZZ HOUSE Big Band
Composition electives
Ensemble electives

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS will continue to deliver arts training in an online learning format with the goal of three in-person Performing Ensembles Rehearsals, conducted outside when possible.* Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey State social distancing guidelines and safety protocols will be strictly followed. However, no student should feel required to participate in person and participating exclusively online will remain an option.
*Based on CDC recommendations, all vocal classes will be conducted online

WEEKDAY ENSEMBLES + ELECTIVES

CORE OFFERING

Students registered in a Monday or Tuesday CORE OFFERING attend ONE ensemble and choose an elective held on the same day. Vocal Jazz Academy students choose ONE elective from any weekday.

ALL- ACCESS PASS

Interested in more than one elective class? Sign up for the full open “buffet” ALL ACCESS PASS — one tuition price for UNLIMITED access to weekday electives! Whether your interest lies in ensemble playing and improv or composition and production, there is an elective for you!

Student Spotlight Matthew Lee on drums

MONDAYS

ONE Ensemble Placement + Chose ONE Elective
Serious fun! Entry-level performance ensemble and electives for students new to jazz.
Beginning Levels

LOUIS ARMSTRONG ENSEMBLE

Time: Mondays, 4:00 – 5:15 pm   |  Instructor: TBD
The Louis Armstrong Ensemble is the place where our youngest beboppers meet and are introduced to the joy of swing! With many custom arrangements and an always positive attitude, our instructors make the first steps easy and enjoyable!

BLUES & ROOTS ENSEMBLE

Time: Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm  | Instructor: TBD
The road to jazz is paved with “Blues & Roots”! Students will begin to build on their foundation of jazz by starting with the blues, standard tunes, and jazz classics in a fun and engaging setting. Beginner theory is introduced and the early building blocks a young improvising musician requires to build up their craft.

Choose an Elective:

1. PRODUCTION + RECORDING I

Time: Mondays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
In this class students will explore the essential recording and production techniques necessary to create their own songs. In an ever increasing ‘do-it-yourself’ environment, musicians who are able to produce their own material certainly have a leg up!
Beginning Level

2.THE PIANO SHED I

Time: Mondays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This core session will help you expand your piano technique, ensemble and solo playing by exploring fundamental concepts of chord voicings, hand independence, improvisational approaches and a vast variety of pianistic tools for your shed!
Beginning Level

TUESDAYS: JAZZ MESSENGERS

ONE Ensemble Placement + Chose ONE Elective
Serious fun! Entry-level performance ensemble and electives for students new to jazz.
A signature series for Jazz House Kids, the Messenger Ensembles have proven to help students advance to the next level!
Intermediate – Advanced Levels

JAZZ HOUSE MESSENGERS

Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm  |  Instructors: TBD
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.
Intermediate – Advanced Levels

Choose an Elective:

DYNASTY BIG BAND

Time: Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
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.
Intermediate – Advanced Levels

COMPOSITION I

Time: Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
Get started on your own creative path now by unlocking your true artistic voice through composition. This session will end with a recording of your new music!
Intermediate Level

PRODUCTION + RECORDING II

Time: Tuesday, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This intermediate production class will build on the essential recording and techniques students learned this summer. You’ll create your own recordings from start to finish.
Intermediate – Advanced Levels

THURSDAYS: VOCAL ACADEMY

Vocal Students May Choose One Elective Monday – Thursday
Calling all vocalists! This college preparatory track is an intensive program for the aspiring vocalist. The academy explores the art of solo and choral singing, plus provides comprehensive instruction in jazz theory and history. All singers from novice to advanced welcome!
All Levels

JAZZ HOUSE VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Time: Thursdays 5:30 – 6:45 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
An exciting College Preparatory Program + Vocal Jazz for ensemble and solo singing.

ALL ACCESS PASS

Weekday Electives A la Carte Menu!

1. PRODUCTION + RECORDING I

Time: Mondays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
In this class students will explore the essential recording and production techniques necessary to create their own songs. In an ever increasing ‘do-it-yourself’ environment, musicians who are able to produce their own material certainly have a leg up!
Beginning levels

2. THE PIANO SHED I

Time: Mondays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This core session will help you expand your piano technique, ensemble and solo playing by exploring fundamental concepts of chord voicing, hand independence, improvisational approaches and a vast variety of pianistic tools for your shed!
Beginning levels

3. NEW! FILM SCORING

Time: Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This new class offering is a unique opportunity for students to compose their first melodies to film sequences. In addition, a study of the effective use of motifs, harmony and stylistic approaches are integral to the course.
All Levels Welcome

4. PIANO SHED II

Time: Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This class will help you develop your piano chops even further. Improve your ensemble and solo playing by exploring advanced concepts of chord voicings, hand independence, modern improvisational approaches and a vast variety of other pianistic tools!

5. LATIN JAZZ

Time: Thursdays, 7:15 – 8:30 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This fun and challenging class explores a variety of styles that enable you to play with players and ensembles from different backgrounds, focusing on Caribbean and South American styles.

SUNDAY INSTRUMENTAL ACADEMY

Attracting the top talent from the area, these advanced ensembles and electives have their own dedicated day to help serious jazz musicians advance their musicianship. Over the past few years, this Sunday Academy has proven to function as one of the nation’s top pre-collegiate Academies, helping students not only place in top-notch university music programs, but also get noticed by the regional and even national jazz scene. Participation in many high-profile events and competitions further enhances national exposure of these talented students.

TWO OPTIONS FOR SUNDAY INSTRUMENTAL ACADEMY:

CORE OFFERING

PRE-PLACED JAZZ HOUSE Big Band + SELECT TWO Sunday electives

ALL- ACCESS PASS

PRE-PLACED Ensemble class + UNLIMITED Weekday Electives

CORE ENSEMBLE

JAZZ HOUSE BIG BAND

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm  |  Instructor: Abraham Burton / Nathan Eklund
This college preparatory track provides expansive instruction through the award-winning JAZZ HOUSE BIG BAND. Students will play a wide variety of intricate arrangements and music from legendary jazz composers.
Advanced Level

Chose one Sunday Elective Ensemble

JAZZ HOUSE AMBASSADORS

Time: Sundays, 1:15 – 2:30 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This award-winning performance ensemble is composed 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.
Advanced Level

JAZZ HOUSE ORGAN AMBASSADORS

Time: 1:15 – 2:30  |  Instructor: TBD
The rich history of organ jazz is reflected and upheld by this unique ensemble offering. Students will experience the powerful and unique musical colors of playing in a jazz organ ensemble!
Advanced Level

Choose your second Sunday Elective

IMPROV

Time: Sundays, 12:00 – 1:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
The advanced course is aimed to support the already improvising student musician in exploring new territory using the techniques of leading jazz performers.

*Pre-placement audition required

ADVANCED HARMONY

Time: 12:00 – 1.15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
The course covers everything from triadic to modal harmony, exploring upper structure possibilities on chords as well as beginning polyphony. The advanced course dives into modern jazz harmony and compares its application to European harmonic concepts from the classical to late romantic period.

*Pre-placement audition required

EAR TRAINING + SIGHT READING

Time: Sunday, 12:00 – 1.15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
Building on the basics, this class helps students through the terrain of developing an ear that can pick out basic harmonies, intervals and scales. This will improve your playing and performance of music dramatically. A class that helps you become a better musician and improve in all areas at once!

*Pre-placement audition required

COMPOSITION II

Time: Sundays, 1:15- 2:30pm  |  Instructor: TBD
Building on the knowledge of the intermediate and advanced jazz student, the advanced composition class helps your ideas come to life, by providing you with the compositional tools necessary.

*Pre-placement audition required

ALL ACCESS PASS

Weekday Electives A la Carte Menu!

1. PRODUCTION + RECORDING I

Time: Mondays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
In this class students will explore the essential recording and production techniques necessary to create their own songs. In an ever increasing ‘do-it-yourself’ environment, musicians who are able to produce their own material certainly have a leg up!
Beginning levels

2. THE PIANO SHED I

Time: Mondays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This core session will help you expand your piano technique, ensemble and solo playing by exploring fundamental concepts of chord voicing, hand independence, improvisational approaches and a vast variety of pianistic tools for your shed!
Beginning levels

3. NEW! FILM SCORING

Time: Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This new class offering is a unique opportunity for students to compose their first melodies to film sequences. In addition, a study of the effective use of motifs, harmony and stylistic approaches are integral to the course.
All Levels Welcome

4. PIANO SHED II

Time: Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:15 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This class will help you develop your piano chops even further. Improve your ensemble and solo playing by exploring advanced concepts of chord voicings, hand independence, modern improvisational approaches and a vast variety of other pianistic tools!

5. LATIN JAZZ

Time: Thursdays, 7:15 – 8:30 pm  |  Instructor: TBD
This fun and challenging class explores a variety of styles that enable you to play with players and ensembles from different backgrounds, focusing on Caribbean and South American styles.

2020 – 2021 YOUTH JAZZ CLASS SCHEDULE

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2020 - 2021 Youth jazz Class Schedule

2020 – 2021 YOUTH JAZZ CLASS Calendar

View and/or download JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ 2020 – 2021 youth class calendar.

2020 -2021 Youth Jazz Class Calendar