Through breathing exercises, articulation, and embouchure, horn students will habit the discipline and practice required to gain mastery of the instrument - all, of course, in inclusion to musical studies concerning reading, transcription, repertoire, and theory, all applied to the advancement and playability of jazz and improvisational techniques.
Gain an understanding and appreciation for musical genres of both past and present, from jazz to popular music. Vocal studies include breathing exercises and warm-ups, as well as proper diaphragm use and tonal support. Students will also learn harmonization through choral studies and vocal ensembles, music theory, and reading skills.
Bass students will practice rhythmic studies in order to approach note and choral exercises. Reading studies will be part of the curriculum, as well as scale exercises and various bass techniques used in modern musical genres, from slapping to soloing.
Piano students will master chord structures, harmonics, and transcription through the practice of melodic and rhythmic exercises. Learn to play various degrees of scales as well as sight-reading, soloing, and comping over lead sheets in order to develop your musician’s ear.
Through reading and style-specific study of influential guitarists of past and contemporary times, guitar students will learn comping, re-harmonization and improvisation techniques in the areas of jazz and modern popular music. They will develop an auditory sense for quartal harmonies and voicings, as well as being able to transcribe solos by ear.
Foster the skills and strength necessary to gain beat recognition and a unique drumming style. Through independence exercises, the student will be able to individualize measures and rhythms in jazz and contemporary drumming. Curriculum also includes transcriptions, soloing, drum ensemble, and the appreciation of world drumming styles and genres.