Jazz 360° Classes

This 17-week program includes classes in performance, repertoire, small group combos and improvisation.  Adult and teen levels are both available.

Jazz 360 Improv & Combo Class:  Ages 13 – 18

Saturdays 2/1 – 5/30. 11:30AM – 1:30PM

This course is designed for high school age musicians who are interested, but not quite ready to perform, in the school jazz ensembles. Our program provides a semester long course in improvisation, plus small combo experience, repertoire immersion and performance training.

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Adult Jazz 360 Improv & Combo Class:  Ages 18 & Up

Saturdays 2/1 – 5/30. 12:30PM – 2:30PM

Perfect for experienced amateur musicians, music educators, and classically-trained musicians.  Gain vocabulary, techniques, and skill progression to help students learn better and faster, learn practical tips to accelerate your trajectory in jazz, and build your current repertoire and gain the tools and experience to successfully transition to jazz.

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Rhythm Section Workshop: Ages 13 & Up

Saturdays 2/15, 3/21, 4/18 and 5/16. 2:45PM – 3:45PM

The Rhythm Section Workshop is an optional supplementary course to OCMD’s Jazz 360° Jazz program that addresses the important and unique role of the rhythm section as the heartbeat of jazz. This course is open to all students. You do not have to be a rhythm section player or a member of OCMD’s Jazz 360° Jazz Courses to enroll. There will be one to two coaches per session from the OCMD jazz faculty of Eric Dries, Shawn Graham, Christian Hernandez, and Gary Matsuura.

The course covers how the rhythm section interacts within itself, while simultaneously interacting with, and supporting the rest of the ensemble and soloists. Other topics discussed are verbal and non-verbal cues, introductions and endings, following and supporting a soloist from the beginning to the end of the solo, chord substitutions, various grooves, when to play and when to lay out and much more.

The course meets once a month for four sessions during the semester.

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