Jazz Improv I
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv I

Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/fall term
Fall Term: 12 weeks, 9/18 - 12/11         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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Swing Machine Big Band
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Swing Machine Big Band

Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:30 pm
Tuition: $216/fall term
Instructor: Nathaniel Schleimer
Fall Term (12 weeks, 9/18 - 12/11)     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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Jazz Combo I
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo I

Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/fall term
Fall Term (12 weeks, 9/18 - 12/11)      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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Emerald City Women’s Chorus
Aug
6
to Aug 26

Emerald City Women’s Chorus

Mondays 7:30 - 9:30pm Register!
September 24 - November 26
Director: Stacia Cumberland

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/fall term
Fall Term, 12 weeks, 9/17 - 12/10 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

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuition: $240
Fall Term 9/18 - 12/11 Register!
Instructor: Cassie Lear

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/fall term
Fall Term: 12 weeks, 9/19 - 12/12, NO CLASS 11/21      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
Aug
8
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo II

Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/fall term
Fall Term (12 weeks, 9/19 - 12/12, NO CLASS 11/21)   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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Music Center Chorale
Aug
9
to Aug 29

Music Center Chorale

Thursdays 12:30 - 2:00pm
Instructor: Chris Vincent
Tuition: $216/Fall Term
Fall Term, 12 weeks, 9/20 - 12/13, NO CLASS 11/22    Register!

Everyone is welcome whether you have had experience singing in a choir or not! This is a mixed-voice, non-auditioned ensemble that performs a wide variety of genres and styles. Questions? Contact the Music Center office at 206-526-8443.

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Aug
9
to Aug 31

Jazz Improv III

Thursdays 7:00 -8:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/fall term
Fall Term: 12 weeks, 9/20 - 12/13, NO CLASS 11/22     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
Aug
9
to Aug 31

Jazz Combo III

Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $120/summer term
Fall Term (12 weeks, 9/20 - 12/13, NO CLASS 11/22)     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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Aug
11
to Aug 31

Rock Band Theory

Saturday 2:15 - 3:15pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $240/ term
Winter Term: check back later to register for Winter Term!

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 
Aug
11
to Aug 31

Off-Center Rock Band & Vocals 

Saturdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: David Shere
Tuition: $192/fall term
Fall Term (12 weeks, 9/22 - 12/15, NO CLASS 11/24)    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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Oak Lake Strings
Sep
4
to Aug 27

Oak Lake Strings

Tuesdays 7:00 - 7:55 PM
Fall Term Tuition: $60
Fall Term: 11/6 - 12/4 (Final concert 12/4)
Register!
Director: Chas Arnold

Join us on Tuesday, October 16 for a meet and greet with the new Oak Lake Strings Director! Regular rehearsals will begin Tuesday, November 6.

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
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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