The 6-weeks long Jazz Improvisation workshop is devised as an introductory study to entry-level students of jazz. Young musicians will have the opportunity to develop and improve their improvisational abilities through the study of standard jazz repertoire. Topics include swing, blues, ii-V progression, rhythm changes, modes, form, transcription, ensemble playing, critical listening, theoretical concepts, and historical figures in jazz. It is assumed that the students have no prior exposure to the jazz art form but are familiar with rudimentary concepts of music theory and have basic-intermediate knowledge of their instruments. The four hours a week that the students will spend with the instructor are an adequate time to introduce them to these concepts in a lecture/rehearsal setting and then showcase the newly acquired skills in a final performance. Open to ages 14 – 18.
Length: 6 weeks
Program dates: June 16, 2022, to July 26, 2022
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7PM – 9PM
Parking: Free, use Lot #2
Join respected Harper College faculty immerse yourself in the world of this quintessential American art – jazz. This Jazz Improvisation Workshop is devised as an introductory study for entry-level students. Young musicians will have the opportunity to develop, improve, and broaden their understanding of jazz and improvisational abilities by studying the standard repertoire. Topics include swing, blues, ii-V progression, rhythm changes, modes, form, transcription, ensemble playing, critical listening, theoretical concepts, and historical figures in jazz.
The workshop is led by Edgar Gabriel, a classically trained violinist adept at many genres: Jazz, Rock, and Blues Fiddle. He has performed with some of the greatest musicians in the world. His versatility has earned him positions with world-renowned ensembles such as Cirque du Soleil. In addition to being a noted violinist and arranger, Edgar is an experienced educator, including his work preparing students to be successful high school and college band members. Additional details can be found on the workshop’s course page.
Please fill out the application form as the first step toward registration. Once we receive your application, we’ll get in touch with you to provide instructions to complete the registration process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Issa, M-F, 847-925-6659. Thanks for your interest. Open to all instrumentalists aged 14 – 18. Space is limited. We hope to see you this summer!