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Fingers on Fire: American Strings Camp:
June 18-22 from 9:00am-4:00pm | ages 9+A week for beginning to intermediate string players to explore the richness of the American music tradition and fearlessly dive into their creative potential! The electrifying duo The Moxie Strings as well as Sarah Lenhart will lead the camp, with special involvement of the Saline Fiddlers this year.
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Summer Jazz Institute: July 16-28th
All Institute participants get free pass to the Latin Jazz Workshop July 26th and 27th, 4:30-6:30 with Pete Siers
ALL WORKSHOPS PERFORM ON JULY 28TH | 2:00 | The Session Room
LOCATION: 1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Louis Armstrong: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
July 17, 19, 23, 25, 27/ 7:00-9:00pm
All levels and all instruments welcome!
We’ll study the early work of this great Jazz musician, examining Armstrong’s New Orleans beginnings and his travel to Chicago and ultimately to New York. Listening and analyzing recordings with Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Earl “Fatha” Hines and his first recordings as a leader, the Hot Fives and Sevens which are the stuff of legend. Topics will include improvisation based on the melody and evolving into a more abstract art form, and collective improvisation in the traditional New Orleans/Chicago style band.
Swingin’ with Sinatra: Interpreting the American Popular Songs of the Big Band Era
July 16, 18, 20, 24, 26/ 7:00-9:00pm
Intermediate level. All instruments and vocals welcome!
Examining how show tunes and Tin Pan Alley songs become jazz standards with special attention to some that Frank Sinatra made famous with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras and early successes as a leader. Topics will include interpreting melodies like a vocalist, whether you are singing or playing a wind, string or percussion instrument, how lyrics dictate the phrasing of a melody, and arranging standards for jazz combo performance.
Horace Silver: Small Group Jazz Composer
July 16, 18, 20, 24, 26/ 2:00-4:00PM
For intermediate to advanced players.
There is so much great music written and arranged by Horace Silver, it would take years to cover it all. As we only have five days, we’ll pick several pieces and dig in deep. No matter how challenging harmonically or melodically, Horace’s music always had a deep groove…special emphasis will be placed on mastering that groove.
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Choose your jazz combo class(es) and tell us who's joining!
Choose your Youth Chamber Music class(es) and tell us who'd joining!
Full-Year (Only): $410
Choose your MIX Class(es) and tell us who's joining!
Full-Year (Only): $250
Choose your New Horizons Senior String Orchestra Class(es) and tell us who's joining!
Half-Year : $131
Choose your Found! Percussion Ensemble Class(es) and tell us who's joining!
Choose your Brandenburg Project Class(es) and tell us who's joining!
Choose your Fun With Trombone Class(es) and tell us who's joining!
Full-Year (Only): $400
NOTE: This form is for current private lessons students only. Prospective students please use the UNIVERSAL INQUIRY FORM to contact a community teacher directly.
Full-Year rates include 4% discount: 30 MIN: $34.94 | 45 MIN: $52.42 | 60 MIN: $69.89
Half-Year rates per lesson: 30 MIN: $36.40 | 45 MIN: $54.60 | 60 MIN: $72.80
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We are in this together! As a non-profit, we strive to offer high quality, transformative experiences, while at the same time remain committed to keeping tuition rates competitively low. This means we work hard to bring in other revenues to sustain your music experience at our school! And we need your help to continue this commitment. Please consider joining our team of volunteers! SIGN-UP HERE.
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