Jazz Improvisation Classes

Ages 10 and Up
45 minute weekly classes 
Monthly Tuition Plus Performances $70.00

*Jazz Improv is for students who have experience playing their instruments and are ready for the next level! Our Jazz Imporvisation students learn how to apply improvisation in a student driven atmosphere with professional musicians guiding the class! Instruments include: piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, and drums. After registering, new students will be contacted to set up a meeting time with our instructors to find the right class for them!

13989491_590884891119590_2047056012_nJazz Improv I

  • Expansion of Advanced Improv techniques to include 7th chords
  • Modal playing (improvising over modal ‘vamps’)
  • Playing over a Jazz Blues


  • Completed or knowledge of concepts in Advanced Improv
  • Note recognition over entire (or most of) instrument
  • Comfortable reading and writing basic music notation

Jazz Improv II

  • Playing over ii V I progressions using both modal (linear) and chord tone (arpeggio) approach
  • Introduction to other song forms (ie 32 bar AABA, rhythm changes, Parker blues etc.)
  • Basic song analysis of tunes from the ‘standard’ repertoire (Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, etc.)


  • Completed or knowledge of concepts in Jazz Improv I
  • Familiarity with some standard repertoire and jazz players (Parker, Miles, etc.)
  • Competent sight reading ability (simple lead sheet melodies/chords)

Jazz Improv III (or Jazz Theory)

  • Advanced analysis of standard repertoire
  • Basic reharmonization and substitution
  • Introduction to modes of melodic minor (jazz minor) and harmonic minor


  • Completed or knowledge of concepts in Jazz Improv II
  • Competent reading of intermediate lead sheets and rhythms
  • Some standard repertoire playable (committed to memory or read)

13094336_506827909512649_1521670358227401924_nJazz Repertoire Class

  • Learn standard repertoire through reading, lifting (ear training)
  • Learn different versions of tunes (substitute changes, popular interpretations, etc.)
  • Analyze standard tunes’ evolution over time (ie original song, bebop interpretation, rehamonizations, with examples)

Meet the instructor:

Guitar, Electric Bass, Jazz Combo, and Blue Grass Instructor Mr. Jay

Jay Reed’s style and range in guitar has no limit but one; it’s got to be authentic. Reed’s journey as a musician has been influenced by the classic rock sounds of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, the technical brilliance and inimitable swing of Oscar Peterson, and the more modern sounds of John Scofield and Wayne Krantz, to name just a few.

Reed completed the Mohawk College Applied Music program in Hamilton, Canada, where he studied jazz theory and history, small group and big band arranging, and received ensemble and private guitar instruction with some of the best jazz musicians in Canada. Upon receiving his diploma, he began performing as both a leader and sideman in and around the Toronto area. Over his 20 plus years of performing, Reed has played well over 1000 gigs, and has presented original music at the Brantford International Jazz Festival, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival, Willowbank Jazz Festival and In The Soil Arts Festival, among others.

In addition to gigging professionally since the age of 17, Reed has successfully taught students for more than 20 years whose ages have ranged from 8 to 65. Specializing in improvisation and jazz theory, Reed is skilled at preparing intermediate to advanced players for college and university music program auditions; his students have gone on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, York University and Humber College in Toronto, Canada, and Mohawk College in Hamilton, Canada. Some have gone on to form successful groups that perform in large venues and have toured in Europe, Japan and other countries around the world.

To read more and follow his Facebook Page click on Jay Reed’s website: http://www.jayreedmusic.com


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