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

Jazz

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.

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Tuition: $300

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Known as the “The Voice,” “The Chairman of the Board,” “The Sultan of Swoon,” or simply “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) defied simple categorization. As an artist, he carved out a space somewhere between jazz and mainstream popular music. Equally complex and at times bewildering, his social and political life behind the scenes juxtaposed such extremes as a legendary association with the Mafia as well as progressive activism that aligned him with the work of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This course will explore the nuances of Sinatra the man and his music that spoke to millions of Americans in the mid-20th century.

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.

Saturdays, 12:00-1:00 pm via Zoom
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $300

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In the Adult Jazz Combo students will learn to play jazz and blues standards in an ensemble setting. This includes listening to tunes and learning about melody, arrangements, chords, scales, and jazz improvisation. Students are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to foster a collaborative environment.

 

Saturdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $300

Register here

In the Adult Jazz Combo students will learn to play jazz and blues standards in an ensemble setting. This includes listening to tunes and learning about melody, arrangements, chords, scales, and jazz improvisation. Students are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to foster a collaborative environment.

About Zoom and PCM tech support for classes offered online:
Zoom is an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that allows “face-to-face” meetings and classes from the comfort of your home. At PCM, we have dedicated staff members that can help you get set up for the class via phone or email. If you’d like tech support please reach out directly to Stephanie Purschell.

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