JAM VOICES

Our vocal jazz program, JAM Voices, offers a curriculum that provides a solid grounding on singing fundamentals with an emphasis on jazz stylings. Led by renowned pianist, arranger and vocal ensemble director, Allyn Johnson, our instructors guide students in learning a basic repertoire of jazz material, jazz improvisation (scatting), and period based interpretation. Students also learn jazz idiom (history) and music theory. Basic vocal techniques imparted to the students include breathing, posture, ear training, sight-reading, learning lyrics, pitch and tone.

As with all JAM offerings, students learn while having fun! Students will jam along with their peers and professional instructors in a welcoming and supportive environment. Students will practice and have the opportunity to perform in solo, combo, small ensemble and big band settings.

So, if you like to sing and want to learn more about

    • Jazz improvisation
    • Developing your own vocal style
    • Performance techniques
    • How to communicate with the band
    • Ensuring accurate pitch and good tone
    • Complementing the rhythm
    • Harmonizing with other vocalist in a group

Then, JAM Voices is for you…

In the fall through the spring we offer the JAM Choir. In the summer we offer JAM Camp and JAM Lab. To learn more click on the link below or access the pages of interest from the menu above.

    JAM Voices Choir

http://www.jazzacademy.org/jam-voices/jam-voices-choir/

    JAM Voices Camp

http://www.jazzacademy.org/jam-voices/jam-camp/

Notices

Jazz Academy
Ensemble

Starts Wed., September 24th

Register now for the Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE)! JAE is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE develops improvisational skills and students learn to read and interpret jazz big band and combo charts. Students will perform advanced middle school and high school level music. To be eligible for JAE, students must be able to meet the entrance requirement. To meet the entrance requirement students must be able to play the Bb and F concert scales and must be able to play proficiently the jazz etude.

CLICK HERE ... this is a self-test. Students who can meet the requirements should sign up for JAE. Students who are not yet proficient in these skills are encouraged to sign up for JAIE (Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble). Students who have attended at least one JAM Camp session or are currently in JAE are exempt from the entrance requirement and need not take the self test.

Class are every other Wednesday at 5:45pm beginning 9/24/2014 at Sligo Middle School; 1401 Dennis Ave; Silver Spring, MD.

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Jazz Academy
Introductory Ensemble

Starts October 1st

The best place for the young musician to start learning about Jazz music is the Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble (JAIE). JAIE is for students who have never played jazz music and would like to learn how to read and play jazz. To be eligible for JAIE, students be at least 8 years of age and must have at least 1 year of study on their instrument. Many students in this group have basic to intermediate classical training and would like to develop jazz music skills. Students will learn and develop improvisational skills and will learn how to read and interpret basic jazz charts. This is a great starting point for those students that are not quite ready for JAE.

Class are every other Wednesday at 5:45pm beginning 10/1/2014 at Sligo Middle School; 1401 Dennis Ave; Silver Spring, MD.

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