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NJW August Classes
Online classes begin August 3rd. Listed below are all August classes.
This August is the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S., and Nashville Jazz Workshop is celebrating with a slate of classes taught by and focusing on women such as the “Women Composers of Tin Pan Alley” and a listening class, “The Ladies of Song” for all music enthusiasts. Faculty for the August session include vocal instructors Donna McElroy, Sandra Dudley, Dara Tucker, Liz Johnson, Lori Mechem, instrumental instructors Giovanni Rodriguez, Dr. Steven Lewis, Roger Spencer, Rod McGaha & NJW alum Seth Weaver.
Introduction to Jazz, Hip Hop, & Fusion with Dr. Steven Lewis Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
This course outlines the development of jazz-hip hop fusion, one of today’s most influential jazz subgenres. Beginning with the birth of hip hop in the 1970s, we will trace the ways that jazz and hip hop developed and came together in the 1980s and 1990s in the work of artists like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, A Tribe Called Quest, and Roy Hargrove. Finally, we will explore the music and influence of 21st century artists like Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, and Marquis Hill, whose work draws on the hip hop and jazz traditions.
Monday through Friday 11am-12pm ($100)
The Ladies of Song with Dara Tucker August 10-14
Explore, in depth, the music and lives of some of the great women in jazz – recording, styles, and what makes them great jazz artists. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Leila Hathaway, Lizz Wright, and more.
The History of Afro Caribbean/Brazilian/Latin Music’s Assimilation into Modern American Music and Culture with Giovanni Rodriguez
Vocal Performance from A to Z with Donna McElroy Mondays 6pm-8pm
Find your own personal trademark to put on every song just like Ella, with Berklee professor and longtime Nashville favorite Donna McElroy. The class will discuss phrasing, memorization, nerves, and how to show your courage through these challenges. 6 performance spots $200, 6 auditor spots $50.
Jazz Vocal Technique & Repertoire: Practical Application & Practice with Sandra Dudley Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Students, aspiring teachers, and jazz singers. Learn how to build technique in a meaningful way so you can free your mind while performing. The class will discuss breath support, exercises to build range, tone, beauty etc. You will learn how to strengthening your voice to become a master singer. 6 performance spots $200, 6 auditor spots $50.
Advanced: Women Composers of Tin Pan Alley with Lori Mechem Wednesdays 1pm-3pm or 7pm-9pm
Honor Women’s History in Jazz by celebrating the compositions of Dorothy Fields, Billie Holiday, Ann Ronnel, Bernice Petkere, Betty Comden, Kay Swift with songs such as “Don’t Explain,” Lullaby of the Leaves,” “Spring Can Hang You Up The Most,” Lucky To Be Me,” It Amazes Me,” and more. We’ll expand the rich lineage of women writers.
Introduction to Jazz Singing with Joe Freel Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
Have you ever wanted to learn to sing jazz standards? Now’s your chance! Students will learn songs with emphasis on correct melodies, groove, jazz phrasing and lyric interpretation. Students will be provided recorded tracks to sing with in male and female keys.
Intro to Vocology (Vocal Health) with Liz Johnson Thursdays 6pm-8pm
This class will explore the basics of vocal anatomy and physiology, different breathing techniques, and an array of simple mindfulness and voice exercises that singers can use to experience a lifetime of beautiful, effortless singing. Students will be encouraged (but not required) to sing jazz standards as part of this class, and to share their vocal experiences. Discover the elegant mechanics of the voice and how to apply this knowledge to the art of singing.
Intros and Endings with Lori Mechem Mondays 11am-1pm
In this class, students will learn and play the most famous standard intros and endings for jazz tunes. Students will also research and write their own intros and endings to share with the class. This is an essential course for the performing instrumentalist.
Blues Improvisation with Rod McGaha Mondays 6pm-8pm
The blues is a foundation of jazz, and something every jazz musician needs to know. Rod McGaha’s Blues improv class has long been a favorite of NJW students and is back by popular demand.
Exploring Dominants with Roger Spencer Thursdays 6pm-8pm
This advanced improvisation class will explore the six various dominant-seventh chord types from a theoretical standpoint to help students understand when each is most commonly used in jazz. Students will learn to play scales, modes, and licks over each dominant type, as well as learning how to decipher chord extensions and alterations when none are specified on given chord-charts. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments and be ready to play.
Theory & Composition
Jazz Theory 1 with Roger Spencer Tuesdays 6pm-8pm
This class begins with fundamentals of theory: key signatures, major and minor scales, and their importance in understanding jazz harmony. Standard jazz literature will provide study material to learn about chord types, chord progression and aids to memorization. Mastery of these basic elements will pave the way for understanding more complex harmonic structures.
Big Band Composition with NJW Alum Seth Weaver Wednesdays 6pm-8pm
Learn to set up a score correctly, about a variety of transposition rules and clefs for different instruments, listen and analyze classic big band repertoire, and chart structure. Analyze a sax soli, write your own sax soli, and learn different woodwind voicing techniques (including drop 2). See the full course info here.
Source: Nashville Jazz Workshop
Online, Nashville, TN 37201