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JMI Night Classes

Night Classes at JMI

JMI’s Night Classes are 8-week classes for 2 hours per week delivered by some of JMI’s esteemed faculty. The classes are held in groups of 5 to 9 people within a fun and supportive learning environment.

The classes will give you a better understanding of the jazz language by learning theory and improvisation techniques through performance and jazz repertoire. We teach theory in a practical manner that makes logical sense. The classes are perfect for anyone from a jazz novice, to someone who has some experience playing jazz but wants to build on their skills, to someone looking to study tertiary music in the future and would like to get a head start before they begin study.

Classes are held at JMI’s campus in Bowen Hills on Wednesday nights from 6pm to 8pm during the 8-week term.  The final week of the term will include a concert at JMI’s very own on-campus jazz club, JMI Live, open to family and friends to attend.

COST

The cost for the classes is $440 incl. GST for the 8 weeks.  There will be no refunds available after the second week of term unless the classes are cancelled by JMI.

Vocal Classes

Class Content

The JMI Vocal Classes will run for 8 weeks by renowned Brisbane vocalist Charlotte Mclean.

These classes are specifically for vocalists looking to learn how to improvise and develop singing jazz repertoire. Classes will focus on the following topics/concepts:

– Warm up exercises
– Improvisation concepts
– Music Theory
– Developing repertoire
– Understanding different jazz styles
– Understanding different song forms

Sample Repertoire

Below is a list of sample repertoire could be chosen throughout the course:

– All of Me
– Blues
– Fly Me to the Moon
– Wave
– I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
– Beautiful Love
– On the Sunny Side of the Street

How To Apply

To sign up to the next term of Vocal Night Classes, complete the online Registration Form

Next Term Dates

The next term dates for JMI’s Vocal Classes are:

Term 1 – 2nd February to 23rd March 2022
Term 2 – 27th April to 15th June 2022
Term 3 – 20th July to 14th September 2022
Term 4 – 12th October to 30th November 2022

Beginner Instrumental Classes

Class content

The Beginner Instrumental Classes are aimed towards those who have been playing their instrument for at least 2 years, but with limited to no experience in performing jazz or improvising.

The classes will be spent focusing on the following topics throughout the 8-week term. Most classes will only focus on 3 or 4 of the below topics throughout the 8 weeks:

– 6 Common Chord Types in keys of C, F, Bb & Eb
– Simplified Blues (1,4,5 type progression).
– Introduction of standard jazz blues chord progression.
– Harmonic Generalisation (blues scale, minor pentatonic, Kansas City scale)
– Arpeggio use/exercises
– Simple approach tones
– Basic guide tone concept introducing voice leading
– Rhythm: Working towards simple syncopated rhythmic ideas
– Comping: Focusing on groove based (riff, repetitive etc) accompaniment ideas

Repertoire List

The following repertoire will be used to deliver the class content throughout the 8 weeks (classes will most likely focus on 4 or 5 of these repertoire pieces):

– C Jam Blues
– Sonnymoon For Two
– Bags Groove
– Blue Bossa
– Take the A Train
– Careless Love
– Bill Bailey
– Mack the Knife
– Lady Be Good

How To Apply

To apply for JMI’s Beginner Instrumental Classes, you will need to complete the online Registration Form and send JMI a short video of you performing the following:

– Major scales in C, F, Bb, Eb (Concert) eighth notes at minimum 72bpm.
– Perform major triads in keys of C, F & G.
– Perform the melody of one tune from the Beginner Repertoire List at a reasonable tempo (sheet music for repertoire is available upon request by contacting JMI)

For instructions on how to send your video to JMI, go to How to send application videos

If you feel you are not quite ready to start this class level, perhaps you should consider JMI’s Private Lessons packages to help you get up to speed.

Next Term Dates

The next term dates for JMI’s Beginner Instrumental Classes are:

Term 1 – 2nd February to 23rd March 2022
Term 2 – 27th April to 15th June 2022
Term 3 – 20th July to 14th September 2022
Term 4 – 12th October to 30th November 2022

Intermediate Instrumental Classes

Class Content

The Intermediate Instrumental Classes are focused towards those that have experience in improvising and would like to push their current skill set and knowledge with like-minded musicians.

These classes are perfect for those who want to delve into more complex harmony and improvisation techniques without studying in a full-time course.

The classes will be spent focusing on the following topics throughout the 8-week term. Most classes will only focus on 3 or 4 of the below topics throughout the 8 weeks:

– 6 Common Chord Types with inversions (In majority of keys C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, G, D).
– Arpeggios/use of inversions.
– Guide tone/voice leading concepts continued.
– Approach tones continued.
– Syncopated rhythmic devices.
– Transposition techniques.
– Comping: Focusing on interacting with soloist/filling in gaps whilst still providing clear
rhythmic/harmonic support.
– Introduction of minor harmony/working with minor 2-5 progressions/tonic minor.
– Introduction of bebop scales (Major, Dominant, Dorian Minor).
– Eighth note line construction techniques (bebop scales, approach tones,
enclosures/surrounds etc).

Repertoire List

The following repertoire will be used to deliver the class content throughout the 8 weeks (classes will most likely focus on 4 or 5 of these repertoire pieces):

– Blue Monk/Now’s the Time/Tenor Madness
– Autumn Leaves
– Exactly Like You
– There Will Never Be Another You
– Lester Leaps In
– Polkadots and Moonbeams
– Triste

How To Apply

To apply for JMI’s Intermediate Instrumental Classes, you will need to complete the online Registration Form and send JMI a short video of you performing the following:

– Major scales in C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, G, D (Concert) eighth notes at minimum 92bpm.
– 6 Common Chord Types in one key played as ascending root position arpeggios chosen from
above list. (Eg. In the key of C: Cmaj7, C7, C-7, C-7b5, Cdim, Caug).
– Perform one tune from the Intermediate Repertoire List at tempo appropriate to tune. Performance of repertoire must include both the melody and an improvised solo (sheet music for repertoire is available upon request by contacting JMI)

For instructions on how to send your video to JMI, go to How to send application videos

If you feel you are not quite ready to start this class level, perhaps you should consider JMI’s Private Lessons packages to help you get up to speed.

Next Term Dates

The next term dates for JMI’s Intermediate Instrumental Classes are:

Term 1 – 2nd February to 23rd March 2022
Term 2 – 27th April to 15th June 2022
Term 3 – 20th July to 14th September 2022
Term 4 – 12th October to 30th November 2022

Advanced Instrumental Classes

Class Content

The Advanced Instrumental Classes are focused towards those that have extensive experience in improvising and performing jazz and would like to continue to learn more advanced improvisational skills and knowledge with like-minded musicians.

The classes will be spent focusing on the following topics throughout the 8-week term. Most classes will only focus on 3 or 4 of the below topics throughout the 8 weeks:

– 6 Common Chord Types with inversions (In all 12 keys).
– Approach tones (more advanced).
– Guide tone/voice leading concepts continued.
– Syncopated rhythmic devices/advanced rhythmic ideas.
– Transposition techniques.
– Comping: Focusing on interacting with soloist more/filling in gaps whilst still providing clear
rhythmic/harmonic support.
– Continued Eighth note line construction techniques (bebop scales, approach tones,
enclosures/surrounds/digital patterns etc).
– Bebop scales (Major, Dominant, Dorian Minor, Tonic Minor, Half Diminished, Dominant b9).
– Advanced improvisation techniques (as applicable to repertoire) Triad pairing, digital
patterns, tritone substitutions etc.

Repertoire List

The following repertoire will be used to deliver the class content throughout the 8 weeks (classes will most likely focus on 4 or 5 of these repertoire pieces):

– Billie’s Bounce/Relaxin at Camirillo/Blues for Alice
– Alone Together
– On Green Dolphin St
– I’ll Remember April
– It Could Happen to You
– Body and Soul
– Recorda Me
– Stella by Starlight
– Confirmation

How To Apply

To apply for JMI’s Advanced Instrumental Classes, you will need to complete the online Registration Form and send JMI a short video of you performing the following:

– Major scales in all 12 keys eighth notes at minimum 120bpm.
– 6 Common Chord Types in one key played as arpeggios in all inversions ascending only (Eg. In
the key of C. Cmaj7, C7, C-7, C-7b5, Cdim, Caug).
– Perform one tune from the Advanced Repertoire List at tempo appropriate to tune. Performance of repertoire must include melody and an improvised solo (sheet music for repertoire is available upon request by contacting JMI)

For instructions on how to send your video to JMI, go to How to send application videos

If you feel you are not quite ready to start this class level, perhaps you should consider JMI’s Private Lessons packages to help you get up to speed.

Next Term Dates

The next term dates for JMI’s Advanced Instrumental Classes are:

Term 1 – 2nd February to 23rd March 2022
Term 2 – 27th April to 15th June 2022
Term 3 – 20th July to 14th September 2022
Term 4 – 12th October to 30th November 2022

 

How to send application videos

Applicants for JMI’s Instrumental Classes will need to send a video of themselves performing musical tasks to be able to enter the class.  Each class level has these tasks set out in the “How To Apply” tab.

To send through a video to JMI, you can use one of the following options:

For file sizes below 10MB

For video files under 10MB, you can e-mail this file directly to JMI at play@jazz.qld.edu.au

For file sizes over 10MB

For video files over 10MB, you will need to upload this video to a file sharing site and send the link to the file through to JMI at play@jazz.qld.edu.au.  Examples of free file sharing sites include:

Get ready for JMI's Night Classes with Private Lessons

Don’t quite feel you’re up to the required standard for JMI’s Online Night Classes?  Not to worry, JMI also has Private Lessons available with our Night Class teachers to help you get up to speed and ready to start the Night Classes.

JMI’s Private Lesson packages are available to musicians of all ages and abilities.  These lessons would be the perfect precursor to starting JMI’s Night Classes.  Private Lessons are available in person and on Zoom and you can purchase 1, 3, 5 or 10 lessons in a package with your preferred teacher.

Click here to find out more about JMI’s Private Lessons