With MARC MOMMAAS:
Without the ability to put words together a language cannot be spoken. In the Jazz Improvisation and Theory workshop we provide students with the vocabulary and understanding of jazz music theory that is needed to begin improvising with conviction and musicianship. Students will gain valuable experience playing with other musicians of similar levels every week. Together they will explore different harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements through the use of exercises, group improvisation, and standard melodies and progressions. The class will cover the basic ii-V-I progression, as well as alternate progressions in major and minor keys, the standard blues progression, and “rhythm changes.” To help students apply their knowledge of these progressions, they will play tunes such as “Dexterity,” “Blues on the Corner,” “Autumn Leaves,” and “Minority,” to name a few. Students will leave the class with a stronger understanding of the jazz language and therefore with more confidence as they participate in musical conversations.
This workshop has been in rotation for quite a few years and it developed into a wonderful ensemble
including a variety of instrumentation and a full rhythm section. The students work together as a team and they have become a musical family. The compositions that we play are arranged for the specific instrumentation of the group.
Beginner to Intermediate level.
LIVE STREAMING: INTERACTIVE and DYNAMIC WORKSHOPS
When: Every Tuesday from 7pm EST (1.5 hours)
Fee: Introductory rate: $149 per 4 sessions / Regular rate: $210 per 4 sessions
When: Every Tuesday 1pm US EST
Central European Standard Time: 7pm
Greenwich Mean Time: 6pm (UK)
Eastern European Standard Time: 8pm
Moscow Standard Time: 9pm
Contact us for weekday and weekend availability
When: Every Tuesday 8am US EST
Japan standard time: 9pm
China standard time: 8pm
Singapore standard time: 8pm
India standard time: 6pm
Contact us for weekday and weekend availability
This is an interactive experience:
– Get your instrument out and get ready to play.
– You will receive materials in the form of pdf’s, mp3’s, you-tube links etc.
– This includes weekly assignments in balance with your level and the theme of the workshop.
Live streaming offers many benefits. It is an enriching positive communal learning experience. Our faculty is top notch and experienced in the flow of online learning.
We use Zoom as our streaming program which is free for students to download, shared google docs and email for pdf transfers, shared screen/computer audio for youtube links, irealpro (optional) and mp3’s. Are you not sure if your equipment setup is sufficient? Let us help you to ensure that you will be ready to participate.
For new students, if you are not sure and would like to try it out a session, ask for our trial class option ($20).
“All of my concerns about having class online were laid to rest once the zoom session with Marc Mommaas started up. All four of us in class could see and hear each other well. Marc provided numerous charts on-screen for us to work with, and we had a metronome and an on-screen backing/practice track that was both visible and easy to hear for extra support. It was as close to having an in-person class as I could imagine. “ – Matt Craddock
“I just had my first video lesson with NYJW on mixed meters. It was the highlight of my week. While I’ve been occupied with how to stock up on supplies and worried dearly about my loved ones, I was able to take an hour and engage with my love of music, engage with an outstanding and passionate teacher, and meet a great musician in Japan. I’m learning, engaged remotely with my community, and – in a very real sense – expanding my world. I cannot recommend virtual music lessons enough. Marc was able to hear my playing clearly and critique my articulation/time. I was introduced to new ideas and given grounding for this new phase in life. Most importantly, the audio and video quality was good. The latency was low enough that I was able to play along with Marc during the example exercises and follow him. For me this was critical in being able to bridge the gap and bring the lesson to life. I strongly encourage anyone to try it out!!” – John Dalto
“I did not realize how much fun it could be to join the online program at the NYJW. My classmate where all online with the instruments and the instructor had charts, a metronome and backing tracks on hand. I learned a lot in just one session!” – MC
“A lesson via zoom was seamless! I was surprised how easy it was to share the material online, play along together w iReal Pro as an ensemble. I walked away with plenty of material to work on – this is a really worthwhile experience” – James Kibbe
AT OUR LOCATION / POSTPONED until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus
Every Tuesday at 7pm (2 hours)
Fee: $210 per 4 sessions, click here to learn more about trimester and yearly enrollment for additional savings!
Faculty: Marc Mommaas
Location: New York Jazz Workshop
265 West 37th Street
on the 10th floor, Suite #1004
New York, NY 10018
(On the corner of 37th St and 8th Ave)
Discounts and Special Scholarship Opportunities for Students 26 and Younger
For students regularly enrolled in multiple workshops, we offer a 25% discount on each workshop after the first. If you are a student between 17 and 26 years old, you could qualify to a 30% discount on any of our workshops. Please contact us for more information.
Watch the Improv/Theory 2 Workshop perform “One by One” at Smalls Jazz Club on June 14, 2015