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NYJA Online Jazz Lessons and Classes

With New York Jazz Academy Online, we come to you! It’s the ultimate in convenience and scheduling. You can start at any time while learning at your own pace, taking as much time as you’d like to study, process and apply material. We offer private lessons, history and theory classes, improv and arranging classes, and more. Online options also allow for teacher-student interaction while also enabling you to learn jazz within a greater online community of students. Bring it on home with NYJA Online.

FREE CLASS: Music Notation Basics

Music Notation Basics provides a comprehensive overview and introduction to music notation. Topics include melodic and harmonic nomenclature, staff notation, chord names, rhythmic structure, compositional forms, and building blocks for jazz improvisation. Students will develop a more complete understanding of the fundamentals of music, finding themselves better prepared for other New York Jazz Academy courses. And it’s free.

FREE CLASS: Jazz History 101

Jazz History 101 is an extensive overview of the origins and development of jazz genres throughout history. Figures studied include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and others. Students will develop a broader understanding of the historical icons and jazz genres, finding themselves better prepared for other New York Jazz Academy courses. And there’s no charge.

FREE CLASS: Jazz Improv Primer: Fundamentals for the new improviser

COMING SOON! Jazz Improv Primer is a basic course on jazz improvisation. It is designed for the musician who plays an instrument at least at a fairly moderate level, but who is interested in learning basic improvisation skills. This is a good place to start, if the student is new to jazz. The course will also serve as a very helpful and thorough review of fundamental improvisational concepts, for those who need it. The course delves into common chord progressions that form the foundation of repertoire covered in Jazz Improv I. Through videoconferencing, live chat rooms, and email, the instructor will be able to personally assist each student with the material. PDF worksheets and pre-recorded video lectures will be distributed to the class and readily available for download – all free. Download/View Course Summary.

Online Private Lessons

Study privately with a leading NYC jazz artist and teacher, no matter where you are in the world! Private lessons are scheduled by appointment at your convenience. All you need is a broadband internet connection and web-cam for video-conferencing.

Introduction to Improvisation and Jazz Theory

Want to improve your improv? Introduction to Improvisation and Jazz Theory moves far beyond jazz nomenclature and helps the user understand and apply core concepts in bebop and classic jazz. Become a much better improviser by taking this class. Online videos (over 8 hours of video instruction), interactive quizzes, PDF worksheets and lecture notes will be distributed to the class and readily available for download. You have two options for registering. If you want only the online content: Tuition is $120 for non-members and $96 for members. If you want more feedback and interaction: add five (5) 45-minute private tutoring sessions with a skilled NYJA teacher via video-conferencing for an additional $240 (non-members) or $192 (members).

Jazz Styles and Analysis

COMING SOON! Jazz Styles and Analysis is a ten-week course is an online exploration of the more common styles and techniques used in jazz performance practice. Using videoconferencing, YouTube, recording devices, email, and live chat, the course aims to provide individualized instruction to participants. Transcriptions of each solo will be provided and analyzed in private sessions with a NYJA instructor via videoconferencing. Students will have the opportunity to then create, compose, and/or record their own solos using the techniques analyzed in the previous week. Tuition: $360, non-members; $288, members . Download/View Course Summary.

Jazz Arranging I

COMING SOON! Jazz Arranging I will focus on basic principles of composition and orchestration as they apply to the jazz combo. Projects will include arranging jazz standards for rhythm section and three horns. Reading sessions with NYC musicians will be recorded for students. Final project will consist of a complete arrangement with shout chorus for sextet. Prerequisites for this class include a basic working knowledge of jazz theory, harmony and notation. Students must have access to and some fluency with music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Download/View Course Summary.

Jazz Arranging II

COMING SOON! Jazz Arranging II focuses on basic principles of composition and orchestration as they apply to arranging for big band. Projects will include score analysis, arranging jazz standards for individual sections of the big band, and ultimately developing a complete arrangement with shout chorus for the whole big band. Reading sessions with NYC musicians will be recorded for students. Prerequisites for this class include a fluent working knowledge of jazz theory, harmony and notation, as well as experience arranging for jazz combo. Students must have access to and some fluency with music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Download/View Course Summary.

Bebop Line Building

COMING SOON! Bebop Line Building is an intermediate-advanced level course on jazz improvisation. It is designed for the musician who plays an instrument at least at a proficient level, but who is interested in developing more advanced improvisation skills. This is a good place to start if the student has significant experience in jazz improvisation. This course is repertoire-based and covers basic introduction and application of the five different bebop scales and other bebop line building concepts on compositions common to the jazz canon, including Autumn Leaves, All The Things You Are, There Will Never Be Another You, Just Friends, and Donna Lee. Supplemental text: A Practical Method of Playing Changes by Wayne Escoffery. Through videoconferencing, live chat rooms, and email, the instructor will be able to personally assist each student with the material. PDF worksheets and lecture notes will be distributed to the class and readily available for download.

Jazz Improv I: Jazz standard fundamentals

COMING SOON! Jazz Improv I is a basic course on jazz improvisation. It is designed for the musician who plays an instrument at least at a moderate level, but who is interested in learning basic improvisation skills. This is a good place to start if the student has previous experience in jazz improvisation. This course is repertoire-based and covers basic application of improvisation concepts on compositions common to the jazz canon: Autumn Leaves, Mack The Knife, Song For My Father, and (Bag’s?spelling) Groove. Through videoconferencing, live chat rooms, and email, the instructor will be able to personally assist each student with the material. PDF worksheets and lecture notes will be distributed to the class and readily available for download.

Jazz Improv II: Jazz standards

COMING SOON! Jazz Improv II is an intermediate level course on jazz improvisation. It is designed for the musician who plays an instrument at least at a proficient level, but who is interested in developing more advanced improvisation skills. This is a good place to start if the student has significant experience in jazz improvisation. This course is repertoire-based and covers basic application of improvisation concepts on compositions common to the jazz canon: Maiden Voyage, Blue Bossa, On A Clear Day, and Billie’s Bounce. Through videoconferencing, live chat rooms, and email, the instructor will be able to personally assist each student with the material. PDF worksheets and pre-recorded video lectures will be distributed to the class and readily available for download.

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