NYJA® Online Jazz Lessons and Classes

 

We at NYJA® first and foremost hope that you are safe and well. In this time of social-distancing, we have seen a surge in interest in our online jazz courses. NYJA® Online Early Fall semester registration opens August 11, with newly expanded online course offerings, so the time is right for you to start with us. Feel free to browse our current course listings below, many of which include discounted rates to help support your studies during this challenging time. We can seize this moment together!

With New York Jazz Academy® Online, we come to you! It’s the ultimate in convenience and scheduling. For many courses, 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. NYJA® Online options also allow for teacher-student interaction while also enabling you to learn jazz within a greater online community of students. We also offer small ensemble cohorts, big band styles classes, vocal jazz classes, drumming sections, private lessons, history and theory classes, improv and arranging classes, and more. Bring it on home with NYJA® Online.

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Semester Dates and Overview

 

New York Jazz Academy® Early Fall Semester 2020 begins September 8. Download a PDF of our semester at-a-glance, or browse program offerings below. The entire New York Jazz Academy® 2020-2021 School Calendar is also available online here. NYJA® Early Fall semester registration opens Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Early Fall Semester runs September 8-October 27. 

In-Person Alternatives

 

During the time of COVID-19, there still may be an option for select musicians to meet in person. If you are interested in exploring an in-person option, Click here for more info.

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NYJA® Summer Jazz Intensives (Online for 2020)

Did you know that the NYJA® Summer Jazz Intensives have moved online for 2020? We are still accepting August 2020 applications. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for summer jazz studies!

FREE CLASS: Music Notation Basics

Music Notation Basics provides a richly detailed and comprehensive overview and introduction to jazz 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. Tuition-free for NYJA® members, this class is currently discounted by 75% for non-members.

NYJA® FREE LESSONS BLOG

Did you know that NYJA® Online offers an ongoing tuition-free lessons blog? There is no need to sign up or register all for this. Just browse the current lesson collection by clicking below!

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 it’s entirely tuition-free.

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 only $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).

Small Ensemble Cohorts

New York Jazz Academy® Small Ensembles and Combo programs bring together players of similar levels and goals, matching them into small ensemble placements in an effort to maximize player satisfaction. Small ensembles cover specific styles (Great American Songbook Standards, Early Jazz, Blues, Brazilian, Afro/Latin, Odd/Mixed Meter, and others). NYJA® Online Small Ensemble Cohorts delve into performance practice, harmonic analysis, improvisation and communication, and other relevant topics to small ensembles. In rare instances, select vocalists may also be eligible to join NYJA® Small Ensemble Cohorts. Participants work intently with a NYJA® mentor and coach in an effort to take their music to the next level. NYJA® small ensembles often find themselves preparing for public performances, too. Groups have performed recently at Smoke Jazz Club, Club Bonafide, Carnegie Hall, and more.

Jazz Improv Workshops

New York Jazz Academy® Jazz Improv Workshop programs bring together players of similar levels and goals, in an effort to develop as jazz improvisers while working on core repertoire in the jazz canon. NYJA® Jazz Improv Workshops make a perfect complement to NYJA® small ensembles, and they are appropriate for any player wanting to work more intently on improv specifics including vocabulary and developing a stronger sense of jazz style. Classes are repertoire-driven, with an emphasis placed on learning and immediately applying material. Core repertoire tends to cover “jam session” and “real book” standards and genres, and courses move far beyond simply passing out a lead sheet and “jamming” on tunes. Your goal in these workshops should be the same as ours, to help take you to the next level while enjoying working on your jazz with other like-minded students.

Big Band Styles

NYJA® Big Band Styles and Analysis follows a dynamic and engaging a lecture and discussion format and is open to intermediate, advanced, and professional level instrumentalists who are looking to learn more about large ensemble setting arrangements and improvisation techniques. Participants also include fans looking to gain a better understanding of big band styles, hobbyists who used to play in big bands and want to return to the big band format, and talented players who are new to big band.

Jazz Drumming Cohort

Drummers Unite! The NYJA® Online Jazz Drumming Cohort is open to intermediate, advanced, and professional level drummers and percussionists who are looking to delve deeply into drum rudiments, jazz techniques and grooves, rhythmic-specific methods, and other drum-centric topics.

Jazz Styles and Analysis

Jazz Styles and Analysis is an 8-week course, an online exploration of the more common styles and techniques used in jazz performance practice. It is a truncated course only offering course content (no live/interactive sessions). The expanded version of this class includes live sessions: Using videoconferencing, YouTube, recording devices, email, and live chat, the expanded version 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.

Vocal Jazz Workshops

Our NYJA® Online vocal workshop series is titled “NYJA® sings Ella, Billie, Sarah & Carmen.” This is a fun hands-on vocal workshop where vocalists get to grow their repertoire, scat, and perform weekly. With the tools to recognize specific vocal jazz devices, vocalists will be encouraged to come up with their own interpretation of American Standards. Whether you are a beginning soloist who wants to learn how to successfully sit in at a jam session or a seasoned singer preparing for a performance, NYJA® Vocal Jazz Workshops will help you with performance skills such as stage presence, song interpretation, lyric memorization, musicianship skills, and improvisation.

NYJA® Saturday College Prep Program

The NYJA® Saturday College Prep Program is a 2-semester course that offers a fully immersive and entirely online opportunity for aspiring music majors to delve deeply into jazz styles, improvisation, and theory. Classes meet for 2.5 hours on Saturdays (theory and ensemble placements are 2:30pm-4pm and 4pm-5:30pm, plus a one-hour private lesson, booked by appointment, typically immediately before or after the class placement on Saturdays). If you are looking to take your jazz up a notch, all while working with peers your age, this program is for you.

ALL-NEW!: Jazz Improv Primer: Fundamentals for the new improviser

ALL-NEW!: 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. PDF worksheets and pre-recorded video lectures will be distributed to the class and readily available for download.

COMING SOON: 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.

COMING SOON: 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.

COMING SOON: 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.

COMING SOON: 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 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.

COMING SOON: 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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