Jazz Studies

The Music Institute of Chicago provides opportunities for students of all ages and levels to explore jazz through private instruction, combos and improvisation classes.

 

A faculty comprised of some of Chicago's most respected jazz musicians bring a deep knowledge of the current jazz scene and jazz history into every class and lesson. 

 

MIC jazz students become leaders in their middle and high school jazz programs and enjoy performance opportunities at Nichols Concert Hall as well as community venues. Teachers nurture each student's skill and style development as they learn to play by ear and improvise.

 

Classes via Zoom

Classes are currently being taught via Zoom in an interactive style, with the intention to gradually incorporate a combination of remote and in-person teaching (for those who are interested). MIC will proceed with an abundance of caution, basing all decisions on the most current guidelines provided by the CDC and the governor.

 

Questions?  Contact Audrey Morrison, Jazz Studies Director or call 847.905.1500

 

Spring Semester Begins: February 1, 2021

 

Summer Session Begins: June 15, 2021

 


Spring 2021 Jazz Combos and Impovisation classes are under way. Please contact Guinevere Grimstad for more details.


 

Private Instruction

Develop and refine jazz skills through lessons with some of Chicago's finest jazz musicians.  Private jazz lessons available for winds, brass, percussion and strings.


Jazz Combos and Improvisation

Increase your knowledge of jazz theory and history while enhancing your creativity through “playing by ear” on your instrument. The Music Institute offers improv classes for youth (grades 4 and up) and adults. Latin jazz and and jazz for strings are also part of the MIC jazz program. Join a jazz combo and improvise across a variety of styles, learn standards, and perform original compositions.To get started with jazz classes at MIC, please complete the application. 


Summer Jazz Classes - Classes begin on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

 

Virtual Drum Styles Master Class Series (all ages)  60 minutes • $129 • 6 weeks 

Ernie Adams will present six masterclasses exploring six drum styles including the following: Jazz, Latin, Rock, Pop/Hip Hop, Fusion, and Odd Meters. Past participants are encouraged to re-register.  $30 registration fee for new students may apply.

Tuesday    1:00 - 2:00pm            via Zoom      Ernie Adams

 

Register Now for Virtual Drum Styles Master Class Series - Jazz

  

Rhythmic Coordination: Make Your Body and Your Music Dance! (ages 10 and up)  60 minutes • $129 • 6 weeks

All musicians interested in feeling rhythm more deeply are welcome to this class. Polyrhythms, cross rhythms, and other techniques will be used to improve coordination and rhythmic stability.  $30 registration fee for new students may apply.

Tuesday   11:30am - 12:30pm    via Zoom      Ernie Adams

 

Register Now for Jazz Classes at Music Institute!

 

Creative Improvisation for Classical String Players (grades 6-9) – for students at Suzuki Book 3 level and above

45 minutes • $118 • 6 weeks ($46 if registered for a combo)

Come explore the world of jazz and jazz improvisation in an online platform! Increase your knowledge of jazz theory and jazz history and enhance your creativity through “playing by ear” on your instrument.  Learn to interpret great jazz recordings through listening and imitation. All instruments are welcome. Registration is open to students worldwide.

Friday     3:45 - 4:15pm     via Zoom     James Sanders

 

Register Now for Jazz Classes at Music Institute!