Jazz Arts Program

The essential element in jazz, making it unique in the world of music, is improvisation. Jazz musicians have developed the skill of improvising into a “High Art” form. From Luis Armstrong to Miles Davis and many others, jazz is one of the only original American art forms. The Jazz Arts Program at the LuHi Arts Academy is looking for students with an “ear” for jazz. This course aims for the young musician to use the tools involved in jazz improvisation and develop the skills necessary to construct a coherent, thoughtful, exciting solo. Through this course, students are able to build their musical talents and fully experience the unique beauty of jazz music.

*Audition required to be eligible for the course. Please see the link under “Audition Information” to view the requirements for video submission. Videos should be shared via Google Drive or emailed to artsacademy@luhi.org

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Audition Information

Block 1: Saturdays | October 14, 2023 – November 18, 2023

Jazz Arts Program
MS & HS (6th-12th): 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: LuHi Campus
Classroom: Ammerman Center – Band Studio
Instructor: Mr. John Barnett

Seats filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
*Courses subject to enrolled

Course Details:
Level MS: 6th – 8th grade

  • Learning scales
  • Playing through chord progressions
  • Playing songs from the jazz repertoire
  • Gain musical knowledge
  • Learn tunes from great jazz musicians like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and more.
  • (reading levels and content vary each trimester)

Level HS: 9th – 12th grade

  • Using transcriptions
  • Exploring elements of jazz improvisation (II-V-I chord progression)
  • Exploring different forms of jazz (Blues, Bebop, Modal Playing, etc.)
  • Explore Music Theory & harmony
  • Use jazz improvisation to develop a solo.
  • (reading levels and content vary each trimester)

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516.626.1700 x590

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Brookville, NY 11545