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.

Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Schedule: 6 weeks
Thursdays: 4:00–5:00 pm (March 4–April 15)
Tuition:$10 per session / $60 for the course*

*If you are experiencing financial hardship please email us at music@pasadenaconservatory.org to request a fee waiver. We don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to take this course, so during the pandemic we will be granting all fee waiver requests for this course.

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Designed for middle and high school students, this class explores the early development and evolution of jazz and how it is inextricably intertwined with the history of the United States.

Stylistic trends in jazz will be surveyed by highlighting the music and lives of key artists. Each session will be filled with lecture/discussions, guided listening activities, and video footage.

Forthcoming, six-week sessions:

  • Jazz, A Truly American Music| Part 3: The Contemporary Era: 1980 – Present

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.

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Thursdays | 11:45 am—12:45 pm
Tuition: $300

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In the Adult Jazz Combo you 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. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to the group to create a collaborative environment.

Students are asked to bring their instruments and supplies (reeds, cords, strings, etc. with the exception of piano, drums, and amplifiers, which will be provided).

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Thursdays | 12:45–1:45 pm
Tuition: $300

Register here

In the Adult Jazz Combo you 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. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to the group to create a collaborative environment.

Students are asked to bring their instruments and supplies (reeds, cords, strings, etc. with the exception of piano, drums, and amplifiers, which will be provided).

All classes online via Zoom.

About Zoom and PCM Tech Support
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 Eugene Kim or Stephanie Purschell.

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