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Teen Jazz Summer Camp (Session 1)

New York Jazz Workshop

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Midtown, Manhattan
853 7th Ave.
Btwn 54th & 55th Streets
New York, New York 10019
Session 2; Price includes registration fee of $45
Class Level: Intermediate
Age Requirements: 12 - 16 years old
Average Class Size: 6
Teacher: Craig Mc Gorry

What you'll learn in this kids music camp class:

This workshop will give you a chance to explore jazz in a hands-on way, which is the best way to experience it. 

This class will teach you:
  • Repertoire: Learn how to play standard jazz tunes.
  • Theory:  Gain a harmonic and melodic understanding of chords, scales and key centers.
  • Ear training:  Learn how to hear chord types and melodic patterns by ear and notate them on the music staff.
  • Transcribing/Listening: Transcribe a Miles Davis solo from his classic album “Kind of Blue”, as well as discuss other examples of great jazz compositions and improvisations.
  • Improvisation: Create melodies in the moment by applying theory and ear training.
  • Ensemble (Combo):  Play and improvise in a small jazz ensemble.
  • Composition and Jazz Connections to Music Today:  Compose and arrange an original piece of music, as well as compare jazz music from the past with present musical styles.
  • Performance:  Apply the knowledge you’ve gained and sharpen your skills through performance.
Jazz improvisation is the ultimate form of interactive musical expression. It involves listening to the other band members and making a contribution in the context of what the group is doing. The skills you’ll learn in this jazz camp are vital to your development as a musician, and can be applied to other styles of music, as well as your personal and professional life. The camp is led by Craig McGorry — a talented jazz musician with over 20 years of experience teaching music to teens. He’s a passionate educator and licensed with the NYC Board of Education.

Students should have 2-3 years of experience with their instrument, as well as some knowledge of scales, arpeggios, chords and notation. 

Note: All you need is your lunch, instrument, sheet music and a pencil. We have drum kit, piano and amplifiers on site. If you need an instrument, let us know and we will provide some options.
Once students commit to participating at the workshop we hire a teacher and block the space for the class. The NYJW commits to the payment of the teacher and the studio rental and we therefore are unable to offer refunds. We try to keep the costs for the students as low as possible and we do offer the opportunity to participate in one of our classes before signing up.


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The New York Jazz Workshop mission is to create opportunities for musicians of diverse backgrounds and abilities to learn and play jazz and related forms of modern music under the guidance of a world‐class faculty. Our goal is to further develop the school in fully fledged Jazz Center for learning,...

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