These are online courses, taught using Zoom
Supported by class discussions, interactive on-line tools, and personalized feedback, these two virtual summer courses will give you “the keys” to jazz, with concepts that you can put into practice every day. Join our community of learners for engaging, hands-on music theory courses where you will learn to read, write, and hear the elements of music in a joyful and welcoming environment. Suitable for anyone with 3yrs+ experience on any instrument, and an interest in jazz.
July 7-30: Jazz Theory and Improvisation I
In this course we will explore how pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, three note chords, inversions and simple harmony help your journey into jazz improvisation and composition. Juno nominated bassist and composer Jodi Proznick has helped countless students build a solid base of musical knowledge over the years, and she will do the same for you!
August 4-27: Jazz Theory and Improvisation II
In this course we will learn how to read a lead sheet, create simple jazz piano voicings, build solid bass lines and start to create improvised melodies over simple chord progressions and jazz standards. Topics will include: seventh chords and nomenclature, modes of the major and minor scales, basic substitution and function; the ii-V-I progression, chord extensions, tips for melodic writing and bass line construction.