Jazz Improv I
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv I

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/term
Spring Term: April 2 - June 18 Register!


In the “Jazz Improv” classes which accompany each combo, music theory is discussed from a jazz perspective, with an emphasis on understanding modes, chord progressions, and improvising melodies. Students are encouraged to study transcribed solos by acknowledged jazz masters, as well as creating their own transcriptions. Extensive class notes are provided for study and discussion.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Swing Machine Big Band
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Swing Machine Big Band

Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Nathaniel Schleimer
Tuition: $216/term
Spring Term: April 2 - June 18   Register!

Swing Machine at Music Center of the Northwest meets once a week, on Tuesday evenings. Swing Machine’s repertoire is quite broad including music from the “big band era” such as the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, the Dorsey Brothers etc. We also explore more contemporary styles that have been adapted for big band from the libraries of the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Marley and others. Music from the Latin band leaders like Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria are also studied rehearsed and performed. Much time is spent learning appropriate musical phrasing for each style. Big band music often includes sections for improvisation so materials and practices for the development of spontaneous melodic expression are regularly provided. Listening to recorded versions of the music Swing Machine covers is highly encouraged. Also students are urged to go out and listen to professional ensembles as often as possible for inspiration. 

Swing Machine includes: Alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trombone, trumpets, piano, guitar, bass, drums. Registration is subject to space availability. Contact studentservices@musiccenternw.org to inquire!

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Jazz Combo I
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo I

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/term
Spring Term: April 3 - June 19 Register!

Jazz Combo classes at Music Center of the Northwest provide a dynamic, supportive environment in which students can explore the ideas and performance challenges of improvising in a jazz style. Emphasis is given to accurately playing lead sheets, interpreting swing and other types of rhythm, and having fun with the music. The four basic categories of the jazz canon are emphasized when choosing charts: Standards, Blues, Latin, and Fusion. Music from other categories is explored as requested; students are encouraged to submit charts they are interested in playing. Class time includes listening to recordings by acknowledged jazz masters. Students are encouraged to listen to local jazz radio, and attend performances by local and national jazz artists. Intermediate level musicianship is recommended for optimal participation.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Emerald City Women’s Chorus
Aug
6
to Aug 26

Emerald City Women’s Chorus

Mondays 7:30 - 9:30pm Register!
Director: Stacia Cumberland
Spring Term: April 15 – May 27 (Concert June 2 @ 2:00 PM)
Tuition: $80/spring term

The Emerald City Women's Chorus is open to women of all ages. There are no auditions. Repertoire includes a variety of choral literature, classical pieces, folk, and popular music. Rehearsals are held at the Wedgwood Community Church (8201 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115). New members please contact emeraldcitywomenschorus@gmail.com or 206-525-7497.

Visit the Emerald City Women’s Chorus Website!

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Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Aug
6
to Aug 26

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Instructor: Doug Reid
Tuition: $192/winter term
Spring Term: April 1 - June 24 (No class, April 27) Register!
 

The Music Center Vocal Jazz Ensemble is the home for vocal jazz. The ensemble presents material from the American Songbook as well as works from contemporary composers and arrangers.

This group is open to all students regardless of musical experience. Whether you are 18 or 80, there are openings for all voice parts from sopranos to basses. Auditions are not required but students are requested to meet with the director and come prepared to sing a bit.

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Flute Choir
Aug
7
to Aug 27

Flute Choir

No class for Winter Term, check back again in Spring!

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Instructor: Cassie Lear
Tuition: $240

Flute Choir welcomes adults and teens of a variety of abilities (at least high school level.) This class will feature performance of flute quartets, quintets, and choir repertoire, including performance on alto flute, in a fun and encouraging atmosphere of other flutists!

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Aug
8
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv II

Wednesdays 7:00 -8:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/term
Spring Term: April 3 - June 19   Register!

In the “Jazz Improv” classes which accompany each combo, music theory is discussed from a jazz perspective, with an emphasis on understanding modes, chord progressions, and improvising melodies. Students are encouraged to study transcribed solos by acknowledged jazz masters, as well as creating their own transcriptions. Extensive class notes are provided for study and discussion.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Jazz Combo II
Aug
8
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo II

Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/term
Spring Term: April 3 - June 19 Register!

Jazz Combo classes at Music Center of the Northwest provide a dynamic, supportive environment in which students can explore the ideas and performance challenges of improvising in a jazz style. Emphasis is given to accurately playing lead sheets, interpreting swing and other types of rhythm, and having fun with the music. The four basic categories of the jazz canon are emphasized when choosing charts: Standards, Blues, Latin, and Fusion. Music from other categories is explored as requested; students are encouraged to submit charts they are interested in playing. Class time includes listening to recordings by acknowledged jazz masters. Students are encouraged to listen to local jazz radio, and attend performances by local and national jazz artists. Intermediate level musicianship is recommended for optimal participation.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Aug
9
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv III

Thursdays 7:00 -8:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/term
Spring Term: April 4 - June 20 Register!

In the “Jazz Improv” classes which accompany each combo, music theory is discussed from a jazz perspective, with an emphasis on understanding modes, chord progressions, and improvising melodies. Students are encouraged to study transcribed solos by acknowledged jazz masters, as well as creating their own transcriptions. Extensive class notes are provided for study and discussion.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Jazz Combo III
Aug
9
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo III

Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240
Spring Term: April 4 - June 20 Register!

Jazz Combo classes at Music Center of the Northwest provide a dynamic, supportive environment in which students can explore the ideas and performance challenges of improvising in a jazz style. Emphasis is given to accurately playing lead sheets, interpreting swing and other types of rhythm, and having fun with the music. The four basic categories of the jazz canon are emphasized when choosing charts: Standards, Blues, Latin, and Fusion. Music from other categories is explored as requested; students are encouraged to submit charts they are interested in playing. Class time includes listening to recordings by acknowledged jazz masters. Students are encouraged to listen to local jazz radio, and attend performances by local and national jazz artists. Intermediate level musicianship is recommended for optimal participation.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Aug
11
to Aug 31

Rock Band Theory

Saturday 2:30 - 3:15pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/ term
Spring Term: April 6 - June 22 Register!

Optional companion class for members of the Rock Band Performance Group. Participants will learn fundamental scale theory and discuss soloing strategies for rock- and blues-based improvisation.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Off-Center Rock Band & Vocals 
Aug
11
to Aug 31

Off-Center Rock Band & Vocals 

Saturdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $192/term
Spring Term: April 4 - June 22 Register!

Off-Center Rock Band explores classic rock music of the ‘60s to the present. Guitarists, bass players, and drummers needed and any instrument or vocals welcome. Students may choose take Rock Band Theory as a companion class.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval. Space is limited for some instruments. Contact davidshere@musiccenternw.org to inquire.

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Oak Lake Strings
Sep
4
to Aug 27

Oak Lake Strings

Tuesdays 6:45 - 7:45 PM
Director: Chas Arnold
Tuition: $144/term
Spring Term: April 2 - June 18 Register!

Oak Lake Strings is a non-auditioned beginning string orchestra for adults.  The ensemble presents a concert at the end of each term. Intermediate level skill and reading required.* Not sure if Oak Lake is for you? Come check out  a rehearsal and see for yourself! Oak Lake Strings performs everything from Bach to Beatles!

*Need to brush up? Call the office to talk about private lessons! 206-526-8443

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Around the Sound Community Band
Sep
13
to Dec 19

Around the Sound Community Band

Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 PM ( Jan - March, concert 3/24)
Tuition: $55/quarter (tuition assistance available) Register for Winter Term!

Around the Sound provides an opportunity for individuals and families of all skill levels to enjoy a mutual experience in making music. The band performs a wide musical repertoire that includes traditional band literature, marches, pop tunes, movie and show tunes, new music, and more.  Around the Sound believes that live music is enriching, exciting, and exhilarating to both performers and audience. The band’s dual mission is to create an environment in which adults of any ability or degree of band experience can enjoy the benefits of playing, while bringing live music to people in the community who may not otherwise have it to enjoy. Visit www.aroundthesound.org to learn more about the band. To get involved or check out a rehearsal, email atscommband@gmail.com.

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Sax Ensemble
Jan
5
to Mar 30

Sax Ensemble

Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Director: Nathaniel Schleimer
Tuition: $240/term
Spring Term: April 4 - June 20 Register!

This class will provide exposure to a wide variety of chamber ensemble music for the saxophone as well an opportunity for students to develop musical interaction skills in a small group/chamber ensemble setting. The music literature we will study is from a vast array of sax quartet music including baroque, classical, contemporary and jazz traditions. Available music is adapted from or originally written for saxophone by composers such as JS Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Debussy, Ellington, Joplin, Mancini, Williams, Stalling, Nestico and others. Class size may vary from 4 to 12 members with a balance among soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax. This is an intermediate - advanced group with a suggested 3+ years playing experience.

*Need to brush up? Call the office to talk about private lessons! 206-526-8443

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Apr
4
to Apr 23

Music Theory and Musicianship Review

Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Justin Henderlight
Tuition: $240/ term
Spring Term: April 4 - June 20 Register!

Optional companion class for members of the Rock Band Performance Group. Participants will learn fundamental scale theory and discuss soloing strategies for rock- and blues-based improvisation.

New student enrollment is subject to instructor approval; please contact Music Center to arrange a meeting prior to the first class or rehearsal.

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Introduction to Quartets
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Quartets

Sunday, April 14, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Kimberly Zabelle
Tuition: $20 Register!

This one-day event is designed for intermediate adult players who have limited quartet experience. Group members will begin their afternoon by playing a movement of a Hydan quartet as an orchestra, and then break up into quartets to work on ensemble playing.

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TuneUp - Right Hand Technique
May
11
to May 18

TuneUp - Right Hand Technique

Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Holly Eckert-Lewis
Tuition: $80/term
Spring Term: May 11 - May 18 (2 sessions) Register!

Refresh and refine the fundamentals of solid technique to take your violin or viola playing to a new level. Topics for this class will include bow hold, slurred & staccato strokes, tone colors, and spiccato bowing.

This class is open to adults who play at an intermediate level and have experience with the class topics listed above.

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TuneUp - Left Hand Technique
Jun
1
to Jun 29

TuneUp - Left Hand Technique

Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Holly Eckert-Lewis
Tuition: $80/term
Spring Term: June 1 - June 8 (2 sessions) Register!

Refresh and refine the fundamentals of solid technique to take your violin or viola playing to a new level. Topics for this class will include fingering, shifting, and vibrato.

This class is open to adults who play at an intermediate level and have experience with the class topics listed above.

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TuneUp - Practice Like a Pro
Jun
15
to Jun 29

TuneUp - Practice Like a Pro

Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Holly Eckert-Lewis
Tuition: $120/term
Spring Term: June 15 - June 29 (3 sessions) Register!

Join us to learn practice strategies for improving orchestra music, chamber music, and solo repertoire. Topics for this class will include how long to practice, how to structure your practice time, and techniques for breaking down the really hard stuff!

This class is open to adult intermediate violin, viola, and cello players with 2 years of experience on their instrument.

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Puget Sound Chamber Workshop
Jul
8
to Jul 13

Puget Sound Chamber Workshop

July 8 - 13, 2019
Seattle Pacific University
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The Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop is an intense week of learning and music making with a diverse group of interesting, friendly people. Coaching/rehearsal sessions with specific music assignments are an integral part of the daytime schedule. Participant musicales are presented in an informal, supportive environment. 

A low faculty/participant ratio, limited enrollment, and assignments with varied personnel and instrumentation assure a week of special experiences and warm camaraderie. Our coaches are Seattle area professionals with  strong chamber music backgrounds and a love for teaching.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2019

Acceptance will be based on balanced instrumentation and experience levels. Notice of acceptance will be sent by April 29, along with registration forms, including room and meal reservations. A waiting list will be maintained once participation limits are reached. Applications received after April 27 will be considered on a space-available basis.  Returning participants will receive acceptance priority until the deadline date. 

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