To give young players the chance to work under supervision developing a small rock or jazz combo. Learn how to read simple chord charts and lead sheets and improvise off them. Learn basic theory, some ear training (melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation). How to listen, support, complement and solo. Identifying and reproducing musical styles and sound qualities. How to set up, use and maintain gear. Learn the essential elements that make an un-conducted small ensemble work. Learn how to write simple chart arrangements that provide the necessary information in a clear way, with intros and endings. Students will also play from actual commercial rock, jazz, and show charts.
Two 1.5 hour class per week, divided between instruction and playing. Instruction time will be given to chart writing, theory and ear training suited to the students levels. Eventually students will be asked to provide tunes they wish to play and write a basic chart for the ensemble. They will see what works, where questions arise, what information is needed to be clear and accurate.
Amplifiers, PA system, keyboards, microphones, music stands and drum set will be provided. Students need only bring their instruments, pencils and notebooks with score paper. There will not be auditions but students should be basically proficient on their instrument, able to play simple rhythms and chords. Classes will be sorted according to level of ability and preferred style of music