Five students playing jazz instruments (guitar, bass, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone)


Students enrolled in the Jazz Studies Department learn traditional jazz repertoire, develop improvisational skills, and the ability to perform as soloists and accompanists. A core concept of the curriculum is that keen aural perception is fundamental to mastering the subtleties of jazz and developing excellent musicianship.

In addition to individual instruction, students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble, so that they may apply the skills learned in lessons and master classes to actual performance.

A two-week intensive jazz class is offered in the summer for older children and teenagers who want to continue or begin jazz studies while school is not in session.

Our Programs

We offer private lessons as well as group and ensemble classes.

Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra

We offer opportunities for students to participate in jazz combos, or big band, typically composed of rhythm sections (i.e. piano, guitar, drum set, and percussion) and various wind instruments, however students of all instruments may apply. Literature for each group may be an assortment of standard jazz repertoire as well as arrangements and original compositions.

*Summer Offering* Jazz Workshop

PCM’s annual summer jazz workshop is almost here! This two-week intensive course for ages 10 and up will develop foundations of jazz improvisation, theory, and history.

Students enrolled in the workshop will study with some of L.A.’s great jazz teachers, gain a comprehensive knowledge of jazz traditions, participate in daily master classes, learn to play pieces by jazz masters, and perform at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena.

For ages 10 and up. All instruments are welcome and no previous jazz experience is required.

To register click here.

*Summer Offering* Saxophone Workshop

Join the summer saxophone workshop for three weeks of ensemble study. Students enrolled in the workshop will be performing jazz standards as well as original arrangements composed by Kirsten Edkins. Students will be joined by a professional-level rhythm section for a final performance.

For students 12 years and older. Previous experience required. All students are required to sign up for a minimum of six individual lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.

Register for the Saxophone Workshop here.

Visit the Fees page for more information about tuition and registration fees.