Jazz Improv I
Sep
12
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv I

Tuesdays 7:00 -8:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $120/summer term  
Summer Term (6 weeks, 7/3 - 8/7)         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.

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Oak Lake Strings
Sep
12
to Aug 31

Oak Lake Strings

Tuesdays 7:00 - 7:55 PM
Tuition: $120 Fall Term, $144 Winter/Spring Terms
Instructor: Abbie Naze
Check back for fall term details!

A small string group for adult players who are amateur, or haven't played for a long time and want to get back into playing with a group.  A performance is scheduled at the end of each term. Intermediate level skill and reading required.* Oak Lake Strings performs everything from Bach to Beatles!

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Swing Machine Big Band
Sep
12
to Aug 31

Swing Machine Big Band

Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:30 pm
Tuition: $144/summer term
Instructor: Nathaniel Schleimer
Summer Term (8 weeks, 7/3 - 8/21)     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. 

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Sep
13
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv II

Wednesdays 7:00 -8:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $100/summer term
Summer Term (5 weeks, 7/11 - 8/8)      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.

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Jazz Combo II
Sep
13
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo II

Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $100/summer term
Summer Term (5 weeks, 7/11 - 8/8)   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.

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Sep
14
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv III

Thursdays 7:00 -8:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $120/summer term
Summer Term (6 weeks, 7/5 - 8/9)     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.

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Jazz Combo III
Sep
14
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo III

Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $120/summer term
Summer Term (8 weeks, 7/5 - 8/9)     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.

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Sep
16
to Aug 31

Rock Band Theory

Saturday 2:15 - 3:15pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $120/summer term
Summer Term (6 weeks, 7/7 - 8/11)     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.

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Off-Center Rock Band & Vocals 
Sep
16
to Aug 31

Off-Center Rock Band & Vocals 

Saturdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $96/summer term
Summer Term (6 weeks, 7/7 - 8/11)    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. Space is limited for some instruments. Contact davidshere@musiccenternw.org to inquire.

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Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Sep
18
to Aug 31

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Instructor: Doug Reid
Tuition: $192/term
Check back for fall vocal jazz!
 

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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Emerald City Women’s Chorus
Jan
15
to Aug 31

Emerald City Women’s Chorus

Mondays 7:30 - 9:30pm
Director: Stacia Cumberland
Check back in the fall!

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). For questions, please contact emeraldcitywomenschorus@gmail.com or 206-525-7497.

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Flute Choir
Apr
3
to Aug 31

Flute Choir

Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tuition: $240
Check back for fall flute choir!

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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Around the Sound Community Band
Jun
7
to Jan 1

Around the Sound Community Band

Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Tuition: $55/quarter (tuition assistance available) Register!

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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Jul
5
to Aug 31

Music Theory and Musicianship Review

Thursdays 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Chris Vincent
Tuition: $160/Summer Term
Summer Term (8 weeks, 7/5 - 8/23)     Register!

An eight-week summer class designed as a quick review of music theory and sight-singing skills as a way to brush up on basic musicianship. Includes pitch identification, counting techniques, scale structure and simple harmony. The pace will be quick but all levels are welcome.

Required texts: Sing at First Sight, level 1 (published by Alfred)

If you do not already have Sing at First Sight, please bring $8 to the first class to purchase a copy.

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Jazz Combo I
Sep
12
to Jun 19

Jazz Combo I

Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $120/summer term
Summer Term (6 weeks, 7/3 - 8/7)      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.

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