Jazz Studies

 

Jazz study in the Eastman Community Music School is offered on all instruments at all levels and for all ages. The following courses and ensembles are intended to give middle school, high school, and adult instrumental and vocal students a thorough background in the history, theory, composition, and performance of jazz. Diplomas can be earned with a concentration in jazz studies, by completing a required curriculum (see Diploma Information or contact Eastman Community Music School office). The Community Music School also offers specialized private studio instruction for all instruments.

 

Jazz Theory I

Middle School & Adults; 4 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Saturdays at 11 a.m.

This full-year course will introduce students to basic jazz theory, concepts and applications: scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords, altered chords, modes, the Blues (including various blues scales), common jazz rhythms, and melodic considerations. Emphasis will be on applying theory and beginning to develop jazz vocabulary through transcribing, composing and other analysis.

Prior knowledge of theory not required. 

Tuition: $280 per semester; $252 or less per semester with lessons.

 

Jazz Theory II

High School & Adults; 4 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Saturdays at 12 p.m.

This full-year course will reinforce and build upon the skills gained in Jazz Theory I, including: an expanded exploration of how jazz musicians interpret the Blues; exploring the song forms which have most influenced jazz (especially Rhythm changes and other Broadway tunes); and introducing later advances in jazz forms and structures.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory I or permission of the instructor.

Tuition: $280 per semester; $252 or less per semester with lessons.

 

Jazz Theory III

High School & Adults; 4 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Saturdays at 1 p.m.

This full-year course will reinforce and build upon the skills gained in Jazz Theory I and II, and will focus on exploring the unique techniques of some of the most important composers and arrangers in jazz history: especially Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea. 

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory II or permission of the instructor.

Tuition: $280 per semester; $252 or less per semester with lessons.

 

Jazz Theory Project

Half-hour private lesson; full year course.
Tuition: same as tuition for lessons

Jazz History

High School & Adults; 4 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Examines the full and exciting range of jazz music through the 20th century. This full-year course is open to new students in the fall only.  The fascinating origins of jazz are first discussed, leading to the many different styles of twentieth-century jazz which then evolved concurrently with other forms of popular music (sometimes in an interconnected way).  Comprehensive source materials include classic recordings, video clips of live performances, and brief sections from important biographies and films.

Tuition: $280 per semester; $252 or less per semester with lessons.

 

Diploma Jazz Piano Class

High School & Adults; 3 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

Introduces musicians of all piano levels (including beginners) to jazz piano voicings and rhythms.  This full-year course is open to new students in the fall only.  The rich language of jazz piano is introduced gradually, beginning with the Blues and continuing through basic scales and creative pieces designed to help coordinate the hands.  Some of the many important jazz pianists to be studied include Duke Ellington, Bud Powell and Bill Evans.

Tuition: $210 per semester; $191 or less per semester with lessons.

 

Jazz Composition and Arranging

High School & Adults; 4 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Saturdays at 11 a.m.

Not offered in 2016-17

Designed for high school and adult students who wish to learn the basics of composing and arranging jazz music. The class encourages writers of all backgrounds to discover and develop their individuality, whether arranging original music or jazz and pop standards. Emphasis will be placed on studying works of master composers and arrangers, encompassing influential small group charts and classic big band arrangements. Eight students (maximum) per class. Prerequisites: no prior theoretical knowledge required. Full year course.

Tuition: n/a

 

New Inventions and Etudes

Middle School, High School & Adults­; 4 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Not offered in 2016-17

Music lovers of all backgrounds can discover the joy of composition. Fundamentals of composition and theory are introduced in an integrated and logical way, with emphasis on unlocking the secrets of harmony. Ad libbed student melodies are transcribed by the instructor; harmonies are added; and new compositions are the stimulating result. eight students (maximum) per class. Prerequisites: The ability to read music and to play a musical instrument; enthusiasm and a willingness to learn/create music! No prior theoretical knowledge required.

Tuition: n/a

 

Transcribing Music

High School & Adults; 4 units
Paul Hofmann, Instructor
Full year course. Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Prerequisites: The ability to read music.  This innovative course helps remove the mystery from musical notation, focusing on the interrelated functions of melody, chords and meter.  Ear training becomes an integral part of the process, and musical styles from classical to jazz to pop become much more easily notated.

Tuition $280 per semester; $252 or less per semester with lessons.

 

Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra

High School; 3 units
Doug Stone, Director
Saturdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Sectionals 9-9:30 a.m.)

Winners in the Essentially Ellington International High School Competition 2004, 2005, 2006 and winners in the first annual Charles Mingus Competition, 2009. A unique, high-level jazz program which consists of the extended areas top high school (and the occasional middle school student) jazz musicians who show great promise in this genre. This ensemble’s primary focus is on developing the student’s technique, improvisational skills and deepening their understanding of jazz. A secondary goal is to participate in the Essentially Ellington International Jazz Competition at Lincoln Center under the artistic direction of Wynton Marsalis. Includes rhythm, saxophone, trumpet or trombone sectional 9-9:30 a.m..  Audition required.

 Please call 585.274.1400 to set up a 15-minute audition. Students should plan on playing a movement or excerpt from a classical piece (such as part of a NYSSMA level 5 or 6 solo) as well as playing over a blues of the student’s choice. Drummers will be required to play swing and Latin at a variety of tempos as well as solos. Besides great improvisers, we seek STRONG CLASSICAL PERFORMERS with an interest in jazz as well!  Ensemble Details

Tuition $210 per semester; FREE! with lessons.

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Eastman Junior Jazz

Grades 5-9; 3 units
Mike Kaupa, Director
Saturdays, 11 a.m.

This is an exciting large ensemble for students who are interested in learning more about jazz styles, improvisation, and ensemble musicianship. There are two primary focuses in the course: the development of aural skills in relation to individual improvisation and the exploration of standard jazz repertoire by ear; and the promotion of an excellent “big band,” with music from traditional and contemporary jazz composers.

Tuition: $210 per semester; $191 or less with private lessons.

 

Jazz Saxology

Middle School, High School & Adult; 3 units
Doug Stone, Director
Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Not offered in 2016-17

This exciting ensemble is design for a saxophone section with rhythm section. The concept first formed in 1980 by Eastman saxophone professor, Ramon Ricker, as an offshoot of the professional group Supersax and offers the student a unique innovative way to explore modern jazz through a rich and diverse blend of repertoire and musicianship. The students will learn a variety of techniques such as blending, intonation, phrasing, colors, and improvisation to make them stronger playing in a saxophone section. Permission of director required, call the director at 474-3021 or DougStone1980@hotmail.com.  Ensemble Details

Tuition: n/a

Jazz Performance Workshops (jazz combos)

High School & Adult; 3 units
Saturdays at 9 a.m. — Paul Hofmann, director
Saturdays at 10 a.m. — Mike Kaupa, director

Designed to develop improvisation skills in a small combo/class setting. Emphasis is placed upon aural skills, hearing chord progressions, developing melodies, motivic and rhythmic development, and playing on changes. Students will be grouped in small ensembles according to experience level. Participating students receive free admission to all ESM collegiate jazz concerts and to workshops and clinics with visiting guest artists. One hour weekly.

Tuition: $210 per semester; $191 or less with lessons.

Jazz Performance Workshops (jazz combos) – Advanced

High School & Adult; 3 units
Bob Sneider, Director
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Designed to develop improvisation skills in a small combo/class setting. Emphasis is placed upon aural skills, hearing chord progressions, developing melodies, motivic and rhythmic development, and playing on changes. Students will be grouped in small ensembles according to experience level. Participating students receive free admission to all ESM collegiate jazz concerts and to workshops and clinics with visiting guest artists. One hour weekly.

Tuition: $210 per semester; $191 or less with lessons.

 

Latin Jazz Performance Workshop

High School & Adult; 3 units
Julio Pabon, Director
Mondays at 3:30 p.m.

Not offered in 2016-17

This ensemble, open to students in grade 9 and above, will rehearse and perform some of the most exciting rhythms of Latin jazz. From the fundamentals of Afro-Cuban and Caribbean rhythms to the most innovative rhythms, the students will be able to explore and develop ideas and techniques of how to play with different claves and styles as son-montuno, cha-cha, zamba, mambo, etc. Tunes in the style of Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Irakere, etc will be listened to and analyzed. This ensemble will consist of 3 percussionist (conga, timbale, bongo) or (drums, conga, bongo), piano, bass and any brass and/or woodwind combinations. No audition required.

Tuition: n/a

Eastman-RCSD Jazz Ensemble

High School
Mike Kaupa, Director
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Designed to develop improvisation skills in a small combo/class setting. Emphasis is placed upon aural skills, hearing chord progressions, developing melodies, motivic and rhythmic development, and playing on changes. Students will be grouped in small ensembles according to experience level. Participating students receive free admission to all ESM collegiate jazz concerts and to workshops and clinics with visiting guest artists. One hour weekly.  Permission required; email MikeKaupa@yahoo.com; for RCSD students only.

Tuition: FREE!

 

 

Music Educators’ Jazz Ensemble

Music Educators
Bill Tiberior, Director
Sundays, TBA

Interested Music Educators contact Bill Tiberio at wtiberio@gmail.com.

Tuition: Free!

This is a standard–size big band and performs both traditional and contemporary literature written for large jazz ensemble.  Traditionally, the ensemble performs in December and May at Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall, and also on “Jazz Street” at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in late June each year.  Other performances are scheduled when opportunities arise.  The band rehearses 3 or 4 times prior to each concert. Members commit to each concert according to their schedules.   

Bill Tiberio, concert and jazz band instructor at Fairport High School, University of Rochester, and Ithaca College directs the ensemble.  Educators and related professionals interested in performing in this ensemble should contact Bill directly at wtiberio@gmail.com.

 

 

Last Updated: June 16, 2016