Why sign up for the new Fall Jazz Clubs?

School band directors tell us that they wish they had more time to teach students (you!) improvisation skills. Learning to improvise is crucial to your jazz education. And the process doesn't have to be mysterious or scary. You can learn these skills with us in just 10 weeks in a supportive and fun enviroment. By the end of the 10 weeks you’ll be able to solo with more confidence and creativity, recognize chord progressions by ear, and much more. PLUS, you’ll bring your skills back to your school and make your band or combo even better. How to get started? Sign up for the Fall Jazz Club that matches your grade and experience level.


Mr. Treseler has created a webpage that includes resources, backing tracks for students to practice with, and reference recordings. We suggest bookmarking the page—he'll update it throughout the quarter.


FALL JAZZ CLUBS - YOU PICK YOUR LEVEL

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Fall Jazz Club for suggested grades 4-6
directed by Steve Treseler

Saturdays, 11:00AM - 1:00 PM
Classes start Sat, Oct 5 and end Sat, Dec 14 (10 classes)
No class: Sat, Nov 30

Prerequisites: You should have a minimum of one year of musical instruction (in school or private lessons). You don’t need previous jazz experience but you do need a commitment to improving your skills.

5 Key Things You’ll Learn:

By the end of the class, students who participate regularly will be able to:

1. Learn and memorize simple jazz tunes by ear (intro to transcription)

2. Map melodies to scale degrees

3. Perform confident and expressive jazz solos over blues in two keys, easy modal tunes using the following tools:

-Swinging rhythmic vocabulary
-Question and answer phrases
-Pitch limitations
-Thematic variations

4. Recognize melodic intervals and triads by ear

5. Improvise at a jam session


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Fall Jazz Club for suggested grades 6-8
directed by Steve Treseler

Saturdays, 1:30PM - 3:30 PM
Classes start Sat, Oct 5 and end Sat, Dec 14 (10 classes)
No class: Sat, Nov 30

Prerequisites: Ideally one-two years of jazz experience (school, JazzED, or private lessons). You should be able to play four major scales and chromatic scale and have a commitment to improving your skills.

5 Key Things You’ll Learn:

By the end of the class, students who participate regularly will be able to:

1. Perform confident and expressive jazz solos over blues and modal tunes using the following tools:

-Swinging rhythmic vocabulary
-Question and answer phrases
-Pitch limitations -Thematic variations

2. Develop the arc of an improvisation using dynamics, density, range, rhythm, and tone color

3. Decode and arpeggiate triads, seventh, and sixth chords

4. Recognize triads, sixth chords, seventh chords, and basic chord progressions by ear

5. Improvise at a jam session.


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Fall Jazz Club for suggested grades 9-12
directed by Steve Treseler

Saturdays, 4:00PM - 6:00 PM
Classes start Sat, Oct 5 and end Sat, Dec 14 (10 classes)
No class: Sat, Nov 30

Prerequisites: Ideally 2+ years of jazz experience (school, JazzED, or private lessons). You should be able to play four major scales and chromatic scale and have a commitment to improving your skills.

5 Key Things You’ll Learn:

By the end of the class, students who participate regularly will be able to:

1. Perform confident and expressive jazz solos over blues, modal tunes, and easy jazz standards using the following tools:
-Swinging rhythmic vocabulary
-Question and answer phrases
-Pitch limitations
-Thematic variations
-Outlining Chord Changes
-Melodic Voice Leading

2. Develop the arc of an improvisation using dynamics, density, range, rhythm, and tone color

3. Decode and arpeggiate triads, seventh, and sixth chords

4. Recognize triads, sixth chords, seventh chords, and basic chord progressions by ear

5. Improvise at a jam session.


LOCATION
Classes are held at the MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican St in the Madison Valley neighborhood. Click here for a map.

SLIDING SCALE TUITION
We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • To pay $400, do not enter any code

  • To pay $250, enter code TWOFIFTY

  • To pay $125, enter code ONETWENTYFIVE

  • To pay $50, enter code FIFTY

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer  

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

You can also read our cancellation policy (recommended).

REGISTRATION
Click here to register online. You can enter your chosen sliding scale tuition code (listed above) on the final check-out page. You should receive a confirmation email from our registration system Active.com.

DIRECTOR
Steve Treseler is a Seattle-based saxophonist, composer, teaching artist, and author who performs and leads creative music workshops across the U.S. 

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He and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen are co-leaders of the album Invisible Sounds on Whirlwind Recordings, a project that was featured in the New York Times, DownBeat, and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America

Treseler grew up in the midst of Seattleʼs grunge scene before moving to Boston to pursue his studies on scholarship at New England Conservatory, where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, and Steve Lacy, He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Improvised Music from the University of Washington where he worked with avant-garde trumpeter Cuong Vu.

Creative music education is an integral part of Steve’s ongoing work. He has designed improvisation courses at University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, and he is the director of summer jazz workshops at Mountlake Terrace High School and College Place Middle School. Steve is the author of two instructional books on improvisation which are used in classrooms around the country, and he has presented clinics at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Jazz Education Network National Conference, WMEA, and California Jazz Conservatory.

Learn more and read Steve's Creative Music Blog at stevetres.com

QUESTIONS?
 Please email Education Director Kelly Clingan at kelly@seattlejazzed.org or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).