‘19-’20 NWA Jazz Workshop registration/playlists now available!
Here's a playlist of tunes (definitive versions in the same keys) that the NWA jazz workshops will be learning this year! The beginning adult group will have a different song list but here's the breakdown by semester for the youth and non-beginning adult groups:
Take the A Train
On Green Dolphin Street
Five Spot After Dark
Pent Up House
Take the A Train
C Jam Blues
Hard Boiled (from Creative Jazz Fundamentals 2)
Saturday morning jam session tunes will be taken from both the youth and adult lists as well as other suggestions. Start listening today and get registered for the workshops please and thank you!
Mondays, September 9-December 9, 2019
Saturday morning jams from 9-10am
Now in its fourth 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 with a focus on playing by ear. Students learn the songs from the “Creative Jazz Fundamentals” interactive video curriculum designed by Teal and the teaching artists at the Institute for Creative Music. Jazz transcription, practice techniques, theory, jamming, composition, and basic audio recording are included. Participants receive 16 hours of instruction and rehearsal plus exclusive access to online resources and materials. As this group is inclusive of a wide range of ages and skill levels, there are regular level-specific sectionals in order to provide material for beginning and more advanced musicians. No audition is required – all instrumental and vocal musicians with a functional knowledge of their instrument (the ability to play all chromatic pitches over the range of at least one octave) are welcome to enroll via the link shown below.
Youth Summer Camp
June 21-26, 2020 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 and 2019 camps expanded its faculty to include internationally acclaimed professional jazz musician/educators Nick Finzer (trombone), Doug Stone (saxophone), Matthew Golombisky (bass), Kimberly Hannon Teal (Listening Labs), Alexa Tarantino (saxophone), Alyssa Mehnert (trombone), and Katie Ernst (bass/voice), in addition to camp director/drummer Chris Teal. Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 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 email@example.com
Flathead HS, Kalispell, MT
Eureka HS, Eureka, MT
Mt. Spokane HS, Spokane, WA
Whitworth University, Spokane, WA
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Franklin Middle School, Williamsville, NY
Fairport HS, Fairport, NY
RCSD School of the Arts, Rochester, NY
Big Sky HS, Missoula, MT
Meadow Hill MS, Missoula, MT
Washington MS, Missoula, MT
University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Hellgate HS, Missoula, MT
Sentinel HS, Missoula, MT
Eastman Community Music School, Rochester, NY
John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Henrietta, NY
Harley School, Rochester, NY
Greece Athena High School, Greece, NY
Webster Schroeder High School, Webster, NY
John Marshall High School, Rochester, NY
RCSD School 15, Rochester, NY
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Columbia Falls HS, Columbia Falls, MT
Stillwater Christian School, Kalispell, MT
Whitefish HS, Whitefish, MT
Whitefish MS, Whitefish, MT
C.S. Porter MS, Missoula, MT
Tuesdays, September 10-December 10, 2019
5:00-6:00pm beginning jazz (no experience necessary)
6:00-7:00pm adult jazz
Saturday morning jams from 9-10am
Program director Chris Teal brings his holistic teaching and learning philosophy to this new opportunity for adults to learn jazz songs, style, and improvisation with a focus on playing by ear. Students learn the songs from the “Creative Jazz Fundamentals” interactive video curriculum designed by Teal and the teaching artists at the Institute for Creative Music. In class, students are coached on their individual roles and roles within the jazz combo. Coaching includes work on accuracy of pitch and rhythm, time feel and phrasing, balance and dynamics, and group listening and interaction. Jazz transcription, practice techniques, theory, and basic audio recording are included in both the beginning and experienced level groups. Fall 2019 introduces an additional weekly opportunity for the jazz workshops to play together more—a Saturday morning jam session that is free for workshop participants and open to other community performers who are not enrolled in the workshops for a drop-in fee.
The Beginning Adult Jazz Workshop curriculum is designed as an entry point to learning jazz songs, style, and improvisation and is taught entirely by ear through listening, watching, and doing. No background in jazz or music theory is necessary, just a functional understanding of your instrument and a willingness to experiment and have fun. The songs taught during the beginning jazz combo begin with a harmonically simple one-chord tune and progress to playing a basic three-chord tune.
The Adult Jazz Workshop is designed for musicians who have gone through at least one semester of Beginning Adult Jazz Workshop or have experience learning and playing jazz by ear. This group covers songs from the jazz repertoire including blues, the American Songbook, and jazz standards from the swing, bebop, and post-bop eras as well as more contemporary vocabulary. Please email Chris Teal at firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter of interest that includes past experience with jazz if you are interested in this level but have not participated in the beginning jazz group.
Please register by August 15th to guarantee we will have space and equipment for you. The songs each group will cover in the fall workshops will be posted with recommended listening links to www.facebook.com/fayettevillejazz on July 1st, and the weekly jam tunes will be shared to the same page each week following the start of class.
Adult Summer Camp
June 25-28, 2020 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 18 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
Pursuing a Career in Music