Community Music School of Ann Arbor

Jazz Combos

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Combos focus on traditional small-group jazz from New Orleans to Swing to Bebop and modern styles. Students from elementary-age kids to adults with intermediate to advanced ability on their instrument, ability to play all major scales, good music reading skills, and some knowledge of jazz theory and chord structures can be in a combo!

Jazz combos are taught by Jazz Director Paul Finkbeiner. 

Course Description:

Jazz Combo classes offer an opportunity to learn about and perform Jazz music in a small ensemble setting.

Teaching Philosophy:

Listen and React! Embrace the Dissonance!

Goals/Objectives:

Learn about music theory and how to apply it to Jazz Improvisation.

• Intervals
• Chords - Major, Minor, Dominant, Half Diminished and Altered Dominant
• Scales - as above
• Voice Leading
• Rhythms

Learn about Jazz history through listening and performing a wide variety of musical styles.
Learn how to read a lead sheet (melody and chords).
Learn how to make the music come to life through interpreting a lead sheet (arranging for small ensemble).
Learn the roles of each instrument in the small Jazz ensemble

• Bass Lines
• Piano Voicings
• Drum Set elements

Learn to listen and react.

MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ COMBO, WEDNESDAY 4:30 - 6:00 pm

HIGH SCHOOL jazz combo, FRIDAY 4:15 - 5:45 PM

ADULT I jazz combo, Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30 PM

ADULT II jazz combo, Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30 pm

 

Tuition: $454/Term | 15 sessions

             $863/ Fall & Spring Terms | 30 sessions

 

PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AT 734.213.2000 TO SET UP AN AUDITION TIME.