Jazz Studies

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Students seeking to study Jazz Guitar will find that GCNW is a great place to develop all the skills needed to gain proficiency and confidence in the world of Jazz music. Each student is given one-on-one instruction with an accomplished professional jazz guitarist, that is specifically focused to develop and strengthen key skills for Jazz performance.

Ear training in particular is refined to a high level, as well as a deep knowledge of Jazz history and repertoire. Jazz guitar students learn improvisation through a step-by-step progression. Reading skills, rhythm, and fretboard knowledge are developed through the use of various publications such as Leavitt's Modern Method and Melodic Rhythms.

Jazz repertoire is concurrently developed through playing along with recordings of Jazz greats. Performance opportunities are available to advanced students in the form of ensembles and yearly performances in real-world situations such as club dates, concert events, and recitals.

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