SESSION I- High School / College / Amateur / Pro / Retired


"Tom Harrell Combo" Rehearsal
"Tom Harrell Combo" Rehearsal

The Teen/Adult Session, from Mon. July 10 to Fri. July 14, is the week where motivated high school, college students come together with adult amateur and pro musicians in the interest of having fun and learning more about America's music, Jazz.

 

Students from any background, with any amount of experience may attend the workshop. Advanced students are paired together in groups, as are beginners and everyone in between. Multiple level classes ensure all students are in the best location, where they can learn comfortably. All instruments (including voice) are accepted, whether they are "traditional" jazz ones or orchestral ones, or otherwise. Being able to read music on a basic level and being able to play your instrument is encouraged but you don't need any prior experience in jazz to enroll. Vocalists do not need any reading experience.

"Students from any background, with any amount of experience may attend..."

"Oliver Nelson Combo" in rehearsal with coach, Miles Brown
"Oliver Nelson Combo" in rehearsal with coach, Miles Brown

The workshop is divided into three sections over its 10am-5pm days:

 

In the morning, jazz theory and composition classes provide a chance for beginners to get their feet wet in discovering what goes behind improvisation and tune creation, while more advanced students will be able to improve their skills. There are four levels of each subject.

 

After lunch, students will play in improvisation clinics and attend master-classes by both faculty and guest clinicians. Guest clinicians are chosen from the best talent in the region. (see Guest Artist page for details). Clinics and master-classes cover many subjects; they are a mix of practical and jazz subjects, with classes aimed at all levels. "How to practice jazz", "How to use your ear better", and "Playing odd time signatures" are all examples of recent clinics. Guest master-clinicians bring their own subject matter and provide Q&A for interested students.

 

In mid-afternoon, students rehearse in groups of like-experienced musicians, preparing combo music for their end of the week concert at Cliff Bells on Sunday.

They will play original arrangements of jazz and traditional standards and have an opportunity to improvise and interact on a much more personal level than a large jazz band or orchestra. All of the combos are expertly coached by faculty members.

 

Vocalists, who up to this point are right in the mix of the workshop, are able to split off to a vocal jazz workshop. Improvisation, technique, vocalese, etc... are all things that are worked on with the vocal director and various special guests, unique to the vocal workshop. Vocal students perform solo pieces at the concert.

 

"(students) have an opportunity to improvise and interact on a much more personal level than a large jazz band..."

April Tini instructs vocal workshop class
April Tini instructs vocal workshop class

Besides being able to come together at the workshop, we offer students the chance to play with each other and the faculty at an optional evening jam session on Wednesday. The feature performance, however, is the combo performance at Cliff Bells Jazz Club in downtown Detroit. Family and friends are invited to attend and have a good time. It's a great celebration to mark the end of an educational, fun week of learning jazz.

How to take part in the MDJW

Students and Faculty perform in Master-Class
Students and Faculty perform in Master-Class

After sending in your application and reservation fee (you can do both on site), your place will be reserved. Weeks before the workshop you'll receive a workshop packet with all of important information. If you are auditioning for a scholarship, you will receive additional information (see "scholarships" page). At registration on Monday the 10th, you'll arrive with your instrument and tuition check. After private auditions/interviews to decide placement in combos and classes, the workshop will begin. You're responsible for your own for lunch, except on Friday when we have a pizza lunch to accompany the group photo session. There are plenty of lunch choices including vending machines and a Coney Island directly across the street.

"Family and friends are invited to attend (Cliff Bells) and have a good time."

"Horace Silver Combo" performing at Cliff Bells
"Horace Silver Combo" performing at Cliff Bells

The facilities at the MSU Center are perfect for our needs. Besides having multiple classrooms with grand and upright pianos, modern supplemental teaching facilities are offered. It is a great place to study music.

 

An average day during Session I runs from 10am to 5pm. The schedule is as follows:

 

 

 

Student, London Paul performs with faculty member Jordan Schug @ Cliff Bells
Student, London Paul performs with faculty member Jordan Schug @ Cliff Bells

Schedule: (subject to change)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 10

 

10am-12pm Registeration and Orientation

1-4pm Clinics and Master-classes

4-5pm Combo rehearsals

 

 

Tuesday, July 11 to Friday, July 14

 

10am-12pm Jazz Theory/Compostion

1-4pm Clinics and Master-classes

4-5pm Combo rehearsals

 

 

"There is a 6:1 Student to Faculty Ratio"

Students in Bud Powell Combo perform with instructor, Russ Miller
Students in Bud Powell Combo perform with instructor, Russ Miller

The MDJW Session I is well-supervised, having an engaged faculty and staff to ensure that every student is able to enjoy what the workshop has to offer. There is a 6:1 student to faculty ratio. By the end of the week, you will be a better musician, with greater knowledge in how to play jazz music and appreciate this unique American art-form.

 

The fee to attend session I is $399.00 (not including $50.00 application fee). 

 

Students of all levels are accepted, but space is limited. At a certain point when instrument capacity is filled, students will be assigned to a waiting list. First come, first serve. Submit your application early and reserve your (or your student's) spot in this great summer musical experience.

 

Want to learn more?

 

More Details on Session I

TUITION

Teen/Adult Tuition after Apr 1- $399.00

Teen/Adult Tuition before Apr 1- $359.00 (Early Bird 10% off)

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Application Fee- $50.00 (Due with application)


(Application fee does not apply towards Tuition)