Jazz Ensembles: Thursdays
4:30-6:00 (intermediate) and 6:30-8:00 (advanced)
Old First Church
729 Carroll Street (at 7th Avenue)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
$975 per year per student
Sibling rate: $837.50 per student
$1,575 per year for single student in both Jazz & Orchestra
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Enrollment in our after-school Jazz or Orchestra program means a year-long commitment from September to June, 32 – 34 weeks in all, with 2 - 3 concerts. In addition to pre-scheduled auditions, we do accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year when there are available seats. Our Summer Camp, which takes place for 2 weeks in July, is a separate registration process, with no audition.
We strive for professionalism in our rehearsal and performance process.
We are committed to keeping our tuition affordable to ensure that our programs remain accessible. We also offer some financial aid.
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The Jazz program is open to students who play saxophone, trombone, trumpet; clarinet and other woodwinds; upright bass, electric bass, guitar and other strings; piano or drums. Musicians work under the direction of two-time Juno-nominated drummer and composer Owen Howard. Please check the Auditions section of our website for application information and audition dates/times.
We perform a minimum of three live concerts per season where every member has a chance to shine as they solo. Additionally, our Jazz Ensembles have had the opportunity to produce a CD in a professional recording studio.
A defining quality of jazz is the fine line between the written and the ”unwritten“ material. Once the notes on the page have been mastered, the focus is on improvisation. Students learn to recognize song forms, understand chord changes, construct a solo and interact with the rhythm section. With training, our young musicians develop and hone their ability to indulge their inspiration within a universally-understood, flexible jazz structure.
We are lucky to live in a city rich with working, innovative composers and talented musicians. Our jazz students benefit from regular sessions with visiting Brooklyn-based artists. Guest clinicians bring their own personal approaches to improvisation and help students to fine tune their technique as instrumentalists, their musicianship as improvisational artists and, through the ensemble, their skills in collaborative work. Our young musicians benefit greatly from seeing and hearing experienced professionals play and improvise the very same material they are working on in class.
The development of jazz over time has encompassed an incredible range of creative perspective, style and approach. Students in the Jazz Ensembles will explore the gamut from traditional Big Band sounds to the contemporary jazz composed today.
Our borough is a thriving center for world-class jazz performance, artists and educators, and we take advantage of this access to new music being created by living composers from our own backyard. Improvisation, an integral part of the jazz tradition, will be a focus of our work and development. Our young musicians will learn how to prepare an improvisational solo, support their peers through ensemble playing and gain confidence in performance. We’ll regularly bring in Brooklyn–based jazz musicians to help us fully explore this technique.