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.

September 2, 2022 – June 2, 2023
Fridays: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Tuition: $900

Students participate in jazz combos composed of rhythm sections (i.e. piano, guitar, drum set, and percussion) and various wind instruments. Students of all instruments may enroll. Literature for each group may be an assortment of standard jazz repertoire as well as arrangements and original compositions.

Age 12+. At least two years of previous instrumental study required.

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Saturdays: 12:00-1:30 pm
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $450

Students learn to play jazz and blues standards in an ensemble setting. Through guided listening, students learn about melody, arrangements, chords, scales, and jazz improvisation.

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Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Director: Ray Briggs
Tuition: $650

This two-week course develops foundations of jazz improvisation, theory, and history. Students enrolled in the workshop 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 in an end-of-workshop concert.

Age 12+. All instruments welcome, no previous jazz experience required.

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