Now in its third year, the Northwest Arkansas Youth Jazz Workshop is an all-youth ensemble that invites students to learn jazz styles, improvisational skills, ear training, and theory through rehearsing and performing repertoire. No audition is required – all instrumental and vocal musicians are welcome to enroll via the link shown below.
Youth Summer Camp
June 9-14, 2019 in Fayetteville, AR
By attending Youth Jazz Camp, you will experience a fun group dynamic where you can feel free to express yourself through improvisation and composition. The instructors teach you how to learn songs, assimilate styles, and improvise so that you have tools to improve your musicianship after the camp is done. Working in large and small groups throughout the week, you experience democratic music-making and work on interpersonal skills in a professional environment. Learning about the history of jazz and creative music gives you a greater context to appreciate this American-born global art form. Students from ages 11 – 18 will play together in a large ensemble as well as in small groups organized by age and ability.
The 2018 camp expanded its faculty to include internationally acclaimed professional jazz musician/educators Nick Finzer (trombone), Alexa Tarantino (saxophone), and Katie Ernst (bass/voice), in addition to camp director/drummer Chris Teal. Stay tuned for more information on the 2019 camp and visit this link for more information and registration.
Our innovative programs are designed to stimulate students' imaginations, and range from using the musical basics to professional training in a real-world ensemble setup. In addition to the workshops listed below IfCM Teaching Artists are available for individual and group lessons on performance, composition, and arranging, and are willing to answer questions about the music business, recording, and other related topics.
Our Teaching Artists integrate many different teaching methods including song learning sequences and scaffolding based on the methods of Dr. Christopher Azzara and Dr. Richard Grunow. Traditional learning methods are also employed, including written music, recording, performance, and self-evaluation, positive reinforcement, and eliciting questions from the students and teachers.
For more information about what the IfCM can bring to your music program please send us a message through our contact page or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Why should kids have all the fun? We also offer three Adult Jazz Workshops for both beginner, intermediate, and advanced musicians. Learn jazz songs, style and improvisation by ear and from written notation. Students are coached both on their individual roles and roles within ensembles. Jazz transcription, composition, practice techniques, and basic audio recording are included in all levels.
Adult Summer Camp
June 13-16, 2019 in Fayetteville, AR
The camp meets during the day for workshops and rehearsals and in the evenings for performances by the faculty and student groups. Open to music students age 21 and older with at least one year of experience on their instrument/voice.
Professional development hours are available for Arkansas teachers, please contact Chris Teal at email@example.com for details and visit this link for more information and registration.
ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP OFFERINGS
Our teaching artists are available to travel to you!
We believe our workshops have the greatest impact in a multi-day residency format. Additionally, workshops are available in 1-hour, 2-hour, and all-day sessions with individual teaching artists and the Institute for Creative Music Collective as a full group. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing inquiries; need-based scholarships are available.
Improvisation (for jazz and non-jazz ensembles)
Composition and Arranging
Listening and Ear Training
Instrumental Styles and Techniques
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