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Music Institute Chicago Jazz Teens

Private LessonS | Jazz ComboS

Improvisation Classes | Summer Camps

Audrey Morrison, Jazz Studies Program Director

The Music Institute of Chicago's jazz faculty, comprised of some of Chicago's most respected jazz musicians, brings a deep knowledge of the current jazz scene and jazz history into every class and lesson. MIC youth and adult students hone their skill and style development as they learn to play by ear and improvise. MIC middle and high school jazz students become leaders in their school jazz programs and students of all ages enjoy performance opportunities at Nichols Concert Hall as well as community venues. Each summer, monthly Jazz Jam Sessions are open to players and listeners alike, and Summer Jazz Camps focus on big band playing and improvisation.

Jazz performances presented at Nichols Concert Hall offer an outstanding opportunity for both Music Institute students and the larger community to hear some of the finest players on the scene alongside MIC jazz faculty. Past headliners have included pianist Marcus Roberts; clarinetists Paquito D'Rivera and Victor Goines; trumpeter Terell Stafford; saxophonist Charles McPherson; and vocalists Tammy McCann and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others.

Private Jazz Instruction

Develop and refine jazz skills through lessons with some of Chicago's finest jazz musicians. Private jazz lessons are available for piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum kit, vibraphone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, voice, and electric bass.

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Jazz Combos & Improvisation Classes

Beginning  - Intermediate - Advanced levels available

Practice improvising in many styles of jazz, including swing, blues, bebop, New Orleans, Latin and contemporary. Emphasis will include learning jazz standards and will provide the opportunity to perform original compositions. Learn to interpret great jazz recordings through listening and imitation. Increase your knowledge of jazz theory and jazz history and enhance your creativity through “playing by ear” on your instrument. 

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Creative Improv for String Players (ages 11-15)

Improve your ensemble, improvisational and sight-reading skills. Participants will play by ear as well as read jazz arrangements and will learn to interpret great recordings through listening and imitation. Jazz styles will range from New Orleans to Swing, Bebop, Latin, Modal and Fusion.

Phone consultation required for jazz combos and improv classes. Apply now and Audrey Morrison, Director of Jazz Studies will contact you regarding placement.

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Listening to Music: A Selective Survey of Human Musical Expression (ADULTS)

Come and experience a survey of musical expression across many genres (jazz, classical, rock, R&B, blues, folk, Latin and more) and cultures from around the world with pianist, and composer, Fred Simon. This class will emphasize the multitude of connections between genres, cultures, and eras and will also illuminate women's contributions to all styles. Hear quintessential and influential recordings of each genre with guided discussion.

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James Davis

Trumpet Faculty (Jazz)

Jeremy Kahn

Piano Faculty (Suzuki and Jazz)

Audrey Morrison

Director of Jazz Studies and Jazz Trombone Faculty

Stephen Ramsdell

Guitar Faculty

James Sanders

Violin Faculty

Darren Scorza

Fred Simon

Jazz, Piano, and Musicianship Faculty

Eric Sutz

Piano Faculty

Juli Wood

Jazz Improv and saxophone Faculty

Upcoming Events

Tammy McCann: A Jazz Christmas