Beginning Jazz Piano: A hands-on introduction to the basics of jazz piano playing, taught in a group piano classroom. Open to pianists who already have basic proficiency, typically with 3 to 5 years of classical experience, this class offers a supportive and encouraging environment to those who want to learn how to direct their skills to jazz. This class meets Tuesdays, June 14 to July 13 from 6:45 pm-8:15 pm. Fee: $175 (price includes textbook and CD). Instructor: Frank Sumares
Intermediate Jazz Piano: This hands-on group piano class is for students with a year or two of jazz piano experience who want to take the next steps in learning chord voicings and approaches to improvisation. The class will begin with a review of ii-V-I in major and progress into minor, altered chords, etc. This class meets Tuesdays, June 14 to July 12 from 8:30 pm-10 pm. Fee: $175 (price includes textbook and CD). Instructor: Frank Sumares
Beginning Jazz Skills: A hands-on introduction to the skills needed for jazz improvisation. Open to all instruments. Prerequisite: basic proficiency on your instrument. This class meets Wednesdays, June 15 to July 13 from 8:30 pm-10 pm. Fee: $150. Instructor: Frank Sumares
Beginning Theory: Provides an introduction to jazz music theory and ear training. This class meets Wednesdays, June 15 to July 13, from 6:45 pm to 8:15. Fee: $150. Instructor: Frank Sumares
Jazz Camp Warm Up: These classes are designed for players coming to SJW’s Jazz Camp or Residency. The classes combine elements of ear training and music theory with improvisational techniques to get your skills honed. Musicians will get ideas for directed practicing in order to improve their jazz playing and begin to take their playing to the next level. These classes are not designed as “combo” sessions and are not available to drummers. Players not attending Jazz Camp or Residency are also welcome to enroll. Meets Wednesdays, June 15 to July 13. Fee: $175. Instructor: Wayne Wallace
Section 1 (8:30 pm-10 pm). Have you been playing in a stage band or jazz combo at school for at least a year? Have you learned to improvise over blues changes in just one or two keys? Can you play all of the major scales in at least one octave on your instrument? This is the section for you.
Section 2 (6:45 pm-8:15 pm). Have you been playing in your school’s stage band or jazz combo for three years or more? Can you improvise confidently over blues changes in three or more keys? Have you improvised over II-V-I changes in at least one key? If so, this is the section for you.
If you’re thinking of taking more than one beginning evening summer class, we suggest combining Beginning Jazz Skills with Beginning Theory, Beginning Jazz Skills with Beginning Jazz Piano, or Beginning Theory with Jazz Camp Warmup Sec 1.