Jazz Studies

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All Classes taught by Jazz Studies Instructor, Steve Christopher.

    This class explores jazz improvisation techniques using the small group format.  Instruments may include saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano.  Materials (Aebersold Play-Along Series) are included in the tuition. Each session concludes with an informal performance for family and friends during the last class of each session.

    Ages: Middle school & up, at least one year of experience on the instrument

    Day: Thursdays

    Time: 4:10pm-5:00pm

    Winter: January 16-March 6 (8 classes)

    Spring: March 13-May 8 (8 classes)

    Tuition: $85/term


    This large group will explore all forms of jazz with an emphasis on improvisation.  Instruments may include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, voice, and drum set.  Depending upon instrumentation, the group will play standard jazz charts and/or use fake book material.  Participants should have some background in jazz ensemble playing*. New members are accepted through the third rehearsal of each term. The CMA Jazz Ensemble will travel to the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in April 2014.

    *Parallel ensemble required for public school students.

    Ages: High school and up, intermediate playing level and up | Day: Wednesdays | Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
    Fall: September 11-December 11 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 8 – May 14 (18 classes)
    Tuition: Fall – $140.  Winter/Spring – $195

    Concerts: Dazzle-Denver, December TBD and Spring TBD | UNC Greeley Jazz Festival-Greeley, CO, April 24-26, 2014
    CMA- December TBD and May 21, 2014

    The combo setting provides an in-depth study of jazz improvisation. Combos will be formed based on experience and ability.  Performance opportunities will be a part of each session. The Advanced Combo will travel to the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in April 2014.  Every participant should plan to attend the first Monday and Wednesday times as an audition for group placement.  Mr. C will contact you with more details after you register. *Parallel ensemble required for public school students.

    Ages: High School and up

    Beginning & Intermediate
    Day: Mondays | Time: Beginning: 7:00pm-8:00pm. | Intermediate: 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Fall: September 9-December 9 (11 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 6-May 19 (17 classes) | Tuition: Fall – $120.  Winter/Spring – $185 | Concerts: December TBD and Monday, May 21, 2014

    Advanced
    Day: Wednesdays | Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm | Fall: September 11-December 11 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 8-May 14 (18 classes) | Tuition: Fall – $150.  Winter/Spring – $210
    Concerts: Dazzle-Denver, December TBD and Spring TBD | UNC Greeley Jazz Festival-Greeley, CO, April 24-26, 2014 | CMA- December TBD and May 21, 2014

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