Youth Jazz Classes


2020 – 2021 YOUTH JAZZ CLASSES

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is excited to announce our 2020-2021 programs, welcoming instrumental and vocal students of all levels and abilities, from beginners to pre-professionals headed to the nation’s top college music programs.

2020 JAZZ HOUSE KiDS BiG BAND

New 2020-2021 Class Setup

  • 3 x Nine-week Trimesters
  • Skill-Based Electives Offering + Pre-Placed Ensembles
  • Weekly Bonus Masterclasses
  • In-person Outdoor Jam Sessions

Year-long programming will be offered in three (3) nine-week trimesters online with optional in-person outdoor jam sessions.

Our elective offerings are designed to give you a deep dive into the creative world of composition, the thrill of recording + production, the rhythms of Latin Jazz and so much more!

GET YOUR ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS TODAY!

UNLIMITED Access to Weekday Electives

BONUS! Sign up for the full year by September 10 and receive our new yearlong ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS with a value up to $6,000! No matter what your interest, there’s a class tailor-made for you!

Piano | Production + Recording | Big Bands | Composition | Vocal Choir | Film Scoring | Drums | Latin Jazz

Application Deadlines

  • September 4th – Tuition Assistance Deadline
  • September 10th – Full-year registration deadline to receive complimentary ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS

Placement priority is given to students with applications completed by September 4th. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS will accept submissions and registrations on a rolling basis after the deadline.

Youth Jazz Classes

Register in 3 easy steps!

#1 SIGN UP NOW!

Things are buzzing at the JAZZ HOUSE as we prepare for the upcoming trimester. 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 the following:

#2 Submit Your Audition

As James Brown would say, “Get things started on the good foot!” Auditions are required for placement in all ensembles. Students who submitted an audition to participate in the 2020 JAZZ in JUNE or JAZZ in JULY programs do not need to submit a new audition. Visit our audition process page for more information.

#3 Select Your Elective!

Take your musicianship to the next level! We are excited to offer an array of skill-based electives to enrich and expand your musical experience.

Placement decisions will be provided within 7-days of your audition submission so you can start choosing your electives.

*Students who register for a full-year by September 10 will receive a yearlong ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS

QUESTIONS?
Call us at 973-744-2273 or email via studentservices@jazzhousekids.org 

MONDAY Ensembles

Serious fun! Entry-level performance ensemble and electives for students new to jazz. Pre-placement Required Choose One Monday Elective

LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Time: 4:00 – 5:15 pm   |  Instructor: Ed Palermo
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

Time: 6:30 – 7:45 pm  | Instructor: Bruce Williams
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. Young improvisers will be introduced to beginning theory and other early building blocks needed to enhance their musicianship.

ORGAN BLUES + ROOTS

Time: 6:30 – 7:45 pm  | Instructor: Radam Schwartz
Building on the foundation of jazz, blues & roots swings with the jazz organ, with its rich history and distinct style. Through the canon of this instrument, students will gain a stronger understanding of improvisation.

Monday Electives*

PRODUCTION + RECORDING I

Monday 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: Lee Hogans
In this class students will explore the essential recording and production techniques necessary to create their own songs. Learn the art of music production online and take your music to the next level.

THE PIANO SHED I

Monday 5:00 – 6:15 pm  |  Instructor: Kelly Green
This core session will help students expand their 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 their shed!

Tuesday Ensemble

For intermediate musicians, our Tuesday ensemble has proven to help students advance to the next level! Our Tuesday ensemble is. Pre-placement Required Choose One Monday Elective

JAZZ HOUSE MESSENGERS

Tuesday 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM  |  Instructor: Abel Mireles
Serious fun for the serious-minded jazz student! The Messengers ensemble explores the art of improvisation, group interaction, and jazz performance while engaging in the advanced study of the jazz idiom.

Youth Jazz Classes

Tuesday Electives*

You Choose One!
*Available to ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS students

COMPOSITION I

Tuesday 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Instructor: Andy McKee
Get started on your own creative path now by unlocking your true artistic voice through composition. The session will end with a recording of your new music!

PRODUCTION + RECORDING II

Tuesday 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Instructor: Lee Hogans
This production class will work on the essential recording and techniques students learned this summer. You’ll create your own recordings from start to finish.

LEGACY/DYNASTY BiG BAND

Tuesday 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Instructor: Mike Lee
The LEGACY/DYNASTY BiG BAND explores the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, and other grand masters of jazz. This ensemble addresses jazz phrasing and improvisation, and focuses on developing skills for playing in a section.

Wednesday Electives*

PIANO SHED II

Wednesday: 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Instructor: Brandon McCune
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, approaches to modern improvisational and a vast variety of other pianistic tools! (Intermediate)

NEW! FILM SCORING + COMPOSITION

Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Instructor: Alexis Cuadrado
If you’re a movie buff this class is for you! Learn the musical secrets behind your favorite films and compose your own melodies to real film sequences using motifs, harmony and various stylistic approaches.

* Available to ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS students

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Bonus Masterclass – All students welcome

Hosted by world-renowned guests artists, these weekly masterclasses are included in every program package, including the ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS. These are also available to our international students. To connect our community, all students, family and faculty are invited to attend our pre-masterclass Hang @ Home dinner table conversations to be held at the beginning of each trimester.

Thursday Ensemble

Calling All Vocalists! Pre-placement Required, Choose One Elective On Any Weekday

JAZZ HOUSE VOCAL CHOIR

Thursday 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM | Instructor: Dylan Pramuk
This ensemble explores the art of solo and choral singing, plus provides comprehensive instruction in jazz theory and history. All singers from novice to advanced welcome! Vocal students may choose ANY one elective offered Monday – Thursday. Instrumental students may also choose Vocal Choir as an elective.

 

Thursday Electives*

*Available to ALL ACCESS ELECTIVE PASS students

NEW! JAZZ DRUM SET

Thursday 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Instructor: Jerome Jennings
This class is a MUST for all drummers, percussionists and musicians interested in exploring a world of rhythmic possibilities.

LATIN JAZZ

Thursday 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM | Instructor: Mike Rodriguez
Students will learn core rhythms from the rich heritage of Afro-Caribbean and South American styles. This fun and challenging class explores a variety of styles that enable you to play with players and ensembles from different backgrounds. (Intermediate)

Sunday Instrumental Pre-College Academy

Among the nation’s top pre-collegiate instrumental training program for serious-minded advanced students from across the region. The flagship program includes the awarding-winning JAZZ HOUSE Big Band and JAZZ HOUSE Ambassadors Ensemble. Held on Sunday afternoons throughout the school year, the rich elective offering help emerging musicians take their musicianship to the next level. JAZZ HOUSE Academy students participate in high-profile annual performances, competitions and touring to further enhances national exposure of these talented students. Many of our alums go on to attend world-class conservatories and prestigious academic institutions with significant merit-based music scholarships and are recognized on today’s jazz scene as tomorrow’s rising stars.

CORE ENSEMBLE

JAZZ HOUSE BIG BAND

Sunday 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Instructors: Abraham Burton + Nathan Eklund
All JAZZ HOUSE Pre-College Academy students will be a member of the JAZZ HOUSE BiG BAND. 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

Sunday Elective Ensemble

Pre-College Students Choose One

JAZZ HOUSE AMBASSADORS

Sunday 1:30 – 2:45 pm  |  Instructors: Mike Lee
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

Sunday 1:30 – 2:45 pm  |  Instructor: Radam Schwartz
Take your jazz groove to the next level and explore why the jazz organ has excited fans for decades! Under the direction of Radam Schwartz, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is the only organization in the nation offering a jazz youth organ program. Advanced Level

Sunday Electives

Pre-College Students Choose One

IMPROVISATION

Sunday 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM | Instructor: Camille Thurman
This advanced course supports already improvising student musician in exploring new territory using techniques of leading jazz performers.

EAR TRAINING/SIGHT READING

Sunday 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM | Instructor: Nathan Eklund
This advanced class will help students through the terrain of developing an ear that can pick out basic harmonies, intervals and scales. Students will improve their playing and performance, and become all-around better musicians!

COMPOSITION II

Sunday 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Instructor: TBD
The advanced composition class will help bring your ideas to life, by providing you with the tools necessary to explore artistic and creative expression by studying melody, counterpoint, form, and orchestration.

2020 – 2021 YOUTH JAZZ CLASS TUITION

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2020 – 2021 YOUTH JAZZ CLASS SCHEDULE

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2020-2021 Youth Jazz Schedule

2020 – 2021 YOUTH JAZZ CLASS Calendar

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2020-2021 Youth Jazz Calendar