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/

News

Jazz Academy
Introductory Ensemble

Starts January 28, 2015

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 1/28/15 at Sligo Middle School; 1401 Dennis Ave; Silver Spring, MD.

Links