Evening Jazz Programs

Evening Jazz Programs will open for enrollment in January, 2014.

Get your horn out of the closet, dust off those piano keys, learn about scales and chords, and fall in love with jazz again! Take advantage of our fun and affordable evening courses to make music a part of your life and develop those long-dormant performance skills. Become part of the vibrant SJW community and meet other local adult musicians who love jazz just as much as you do. We've got classes tailored to your needs as a developing musicians the whole year through. 

Mondays @ CoHo

  • Adults and youth under 17
  • Intermediate – advanced
  • Ten Monday evenings beginning February 10
  • Fee: $325, includes your copy of MakeMusic SmartMusic®

Spend just one night a week with our experienced SJW jazz faculty, practice during the week with your own copy of MakeMusic’s SmartMusic®, (included in your registration fee) and you’ll be improving your improvisation in hardly any time at all. From February through April, our Mondays @ CoHo program puts you onstage at the SJW jam at the Stanford Coffee House, backed by SJW faculty artists. Each week, you’ll focus on a different classic tune from the jazz repertoire, with guided practice before and after each session using the SmartMusic system. Over the course of the ten weekly sessions, you’ll learn multiple approaches to improvising on each of ten tunes. Along the way, you’ll build the confidence you need to take on a lot more of the jazz repertoire. 

Before and after your weekly assigned performance, hang out with the SJW jazz community at CoHo, enjoy the great food and drink, and sit in on additional tunes with the SJW faculty artists.

Evening Jazz Classes for  2014

  • Adults and youth under 17
  • Beginner – advanced
  • Mondays and Tuesday evenings for five weeks,  June  17 – July 16 , 2013

Evening Jazz Classes offer musicians a chance to develop their skills in a five-week series of classes held Monday and Tuesday evenings on the Stanford campus. Jazz theory and jazz piano are taught by pianist Richard Sears. The Guided Jam is led by SJW faculty and staff.

For Evening Jazz Classes, Stanford Jazz Workshop welcomes musicians who have little or no experience playing jazz or playing in a small combo, provided they have studied their instrument for at least 18 months.

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.

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, and beyond.

Jazz Theory

What's a mode? How do seventh chords work? How do bass players know what notes to play? How can you learn to hear and understand jazz harmony? This entertaining and inspiring class will give you an introduction to the sounds that make up jazz, and the theoretical underpinnings that make jazz tick. 

The Guided Jam

Build your jazz confidence in this no-pressure, guided jam session. Each week, the class will prepare a number of classic jazz compositions that have been selected to give students experience with a variety of jazz improvisation approachs. During class, you'll have plenty of time to practice soloing, to master the melodies, and to learn how to play in a group setting. Instructors will offer suggestions on how to become a better listener and respond musically to others musicians, as well as techniques to become a better improviser. In-between each weekly session, you'll shed (that's jazz jargon for practice!) on additional scales, exercises, and songs to be even more ready to play at the next session. Following each session, the class will head over to the Stanford Coffee House (CoHo) to have some food and drinks, to talk about jazz, and to listen to the SJW faculty artists' jam session. 

Evening Jazz Class Dates & times Fee
Jazz Theory
Richard Sears, instructor 
 
Mondays, 
June 16 – July 14,
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
$150 
Guided Jam Session
SJW faculty and staff
(price includes MakeMusic SmartMusic)  
Mondays,
June 16 – July 15,
7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. 
$250 
Beginning Jazz Piano
Richard Sears, instructor 
(price includes book and CD)
Tuesdays,
June 17 – July 15,
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. 
$175 
Intermediate Jazz Piano
Richard Sears, instructor 
(price includes book and CD)
Tuesdays,
June 17 – July 15,
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
$175 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions?

Please email registrar@stanfordjazz.org or call 650-736-0324 x303.

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