It is my great pleasure to present the JCMS Spring Quarter courses and workshops. As always, there are dozens of options available for instrumentalists and vocalists of all levels.
Courses in instrumental basics (no experience required) are available for horn players, pianists, guitarists, bassists and drummers. These introductory classes are open to adults of all ages. Our instructors have many years of experience working patiently and with great care to instill new students with strong technical and musical fundamentals in preparation for joining ensembles. More advanced study is also available in technique, improvisation, theory and composition.
Our ensemble department offers over 30 sections this spring, covering a wide range of jazz and related styles from around the world for beginning, intermediate and advanced musicians. Ensembles are placed by audition and are offered on a space-available basis, so early registration is recommended!
Besides the 9-week courses, we have a stimulating array of one-day workshops to address specific areas of interest to drummers (timbales, bongos, congas), guitarists (chord melody, style, bossa nova), pianists (New Orleans, jazz piano history, voicing techniques, boogie woogie) and saxophonists — as well as theory and improvisation topics relevant to all musicians.
We are particularly pleased to welcome world-renowned saxophonist and jazz educator Jerry Bergonzi and his group for an improvisation workshop on June 10, open to all levels and instruments. Sign up early, this one’s sure to sell out!
In addition to our extensive adult instrumental program, we provide a wide range of options for vocalists and young musicians (middle and high school age). Please visit the Young Musicians section for more information on these programs. And, be sure to check out our engaging summer camps and intensives. They always fill up, so it’s never too early to secure your spot.
Director, Jazzschool Community Music School