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High School Jazz Improvisation Workshop

2Welcome to Harper College’s 2018 High School Jazz Improvisation Workshop page. A 6-week high school summer workshop for the study of jazz; performance on July 26, 2018 at Harper College.

High School Jazz Improvisation Workshop
At Harper College, you can spend six weeks immersed in the world of jazz. This 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, improve, and broaden their understanding of jazz and improvisational abilities through the study of standard repertoire of this quintessential American art.

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 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 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.

3Length: 6 weeks
Program dates:  June 19, 2018 to July 26, 2018
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7PM – 9PM
Tuition: $375
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12 (Ages 14-18)

Please fill out this application form as the first step. Once we receive your application, we’ll get in touch with you to provide further instructions to complete the registration process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at iboulos@harpercollege.edu or by phone, M-F, 847-925-6659. Thanks so much for your interest, and we hope to see you this summer!

About the Instructor: Karim Yengsep, DMA
Karim studied bass at Western Oregon University (BA in Music ‘05) with Dan Schulte, which he attended as a recipient of International Cultural Service Program scholarship. In 2007, he continued studying double bass with Michael Cameron and Larry Gray at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received both Master of Music in Double Bass Performance (2009) and Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance (2012) degrees as a recipient of a full-tuition waiver award. In addition, he is a Suzuki registered teacher and began his Suzuki bass pedagogy training with Virginia Dixon in August 2017. While in graduate school, Karim executive produced, co-arranged the music, and performed on an album of eclectic mix of contemporary Latin Jazz, Brazilian popular music, and Argentine tango nuevo, Bossa Nuevo, which was released by Teal Creek Music (TC-2021) in October 2010.

As a music educator, Dr. Yengsep taught strings at Portland, Oregon, public schools while working on his doctoral project, and held teaching positions at Almaty Tchaikovsky College of Music, Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, and Kazakh National University of Arts in his native Kazakhstan from 2012 through 2015. During Summer 2017, he served as the Fine Arts Instructor and coached Jazz Band Workshop for the Pre–College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college. Karim currently teaches double bass at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School, and his private studio in Oak Park, IL. 

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