Jazz Essentials 1 & 2 - Jazz Arts Academy

Sundays • 3-5PM

April 24 - June 19

Ages: 13+

Instructor: Brandon McCune & Zach Lorelli


The class will enable students to hone their skills in the language of jazz.  The beginning course will introduce concepts of jazz melody and harmony and the introductory basics of jazz improvisation.  The more advanced class will dive deep into Jazz performance training.  Topics covered will include ii-V-I vocabulary, common scale patterns, advanced scales, and Jazz History. Students will leave with an understanding of what (and how) to practice to become a fluent improviser.

Placement will be determined by audition and evaluation. Requirements: Students ages 13-19 should have 3-4 years of experience playing and have know at least 3-4 major scales, know how to read music, and understand rhythm.

This program will conclude with a student showcase on June 19th.

Jazz Arts Academy is presented by the Jazz Arts Project a partnership program with the Count Basie Center for the Arts.

Sundays • 3-5PM

April 24th; May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; June 5th, 12th, 19th


Tuition assistance grants and a limited number of full scholarships are available.
Please apply early, as these opportunities are limited.

Basie’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music, 65 Chestnut St. | Grunin Hall

For more information and an FAQ about the program visit: www.JazzArtsAcademy.org

While not required, the Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts strongly encourages students to wear masks while on premises.*

*CDC / state guidance subject to change.


SPRING Session: April 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19 (Showcase)