• Loved every minute of it. Definitely coming back next year. I have found a new tribe!
    — Letitia Burton

  • It was amazing! Possibly the best musical/social experience of my life.
    — Erik Deutch

  • Loved every minute of it. Definitely coming back next year. I have found a new tribe!
    — Letitia Burton

  • It was amazing! Possibly the best musical/social experience of my life.
    — Erik Deutch



2019 JAM CAMP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

SPECIALTY CLASSES

MUSIC, THEORY AND NATURE – Kyle Blase; All levels
In this class we will share and discuss the relationship between music and nature and you and your instrument. We will learn many "secrets" to being a great musician and go over the all the aspects of musicianship. We will learn fun new techniques and games to approach songwriting, improvising, reading music and understanding basic theory and applying it to your singing, playing and writing. We will learn the importance of nature and our place in it as well as what music is and our relationship with it. Don't miss this unique opportunity to take your relationship with music, theory and nature to the next level! All instruments are welcome including vocalist!!!

EXPRESSION THROUGH SONGWRITING – Charles Simon; All levels
Songwriting is a rewarding form of expression. This class provides the novice with basic tools and creativity exercises to “get them going.” Basics of harmony, lyric writing, melody and song form are discussed in a fun, supportive setting. Knowledge of a chordal instrument (guitar, piano, uke, etc.) is helpful but not required.

WORDS AND WRITING – Reese Bullen; All levels
This class will focus on using free-writing and simple activities to train ourselves to effectively get out through our pens that which is in our minds. Throughout it all we will use silliness and play to ensure that no one takes anything too seriously. So trabulance your naturintzes and betulerate some caf.

UKULELE ORCHESTRA – Kyle Blase; All levels
Want to learn how to play ukulele or continue your practice? In just one week you will learn chords, melodies, repertoire and a little bit of the history and legend behind the ukulele. Several songs will be introduced with the intent of mastering at least one during the week. We will spend most of our time playing, (not talking!) and for those of you who are a little more experienced, we will have chord inversions available to further challenge you. The ultimate goal of the course is to give each player the skills they need to motivate themselves in their own ukulele practice. There is no limit to the class size, please bring your ukulele if you have one, if you don't we will have some extras for your use. Bring a pencil and a notebook if possible. See you there.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

Ensembles are open to all instrumentalists and will be taught by ear, not written music. Instrumentalists must have at least 6 months prior experience on their instrument.

BLUES ENSEMBLE – Daria Johnson; All levels
This ensemble will teach students of all levels the fundamentals of the Blues. Students will explore the roots of American music through the history of the blues—field cries, work songs, and spirituals. Students will learn to play a 12 bar blues and learn about other blues forms that are the foundation of all American music. You must bring your own instrument to camp unless you are a keyboard player or drummer. All instruments and singers are welcome.

ROCK, POP, HIP-HOP AND MORE ENSEMBLE – Daria Johnson, Josiah Woodson - int/adv.
This ensemble will explore the compositions of all music styles created in America including rock, early blues, swing, rhythm and blues, pop, country western, and hip hop. You must bring your own instrument to camp unless you are a keyboard player or drummer. All instruments and singers are welcome.

RHYTHM AND GROOVE ENSEMBLE – Daria Johnson, Terrence Brewer; int./adv.
We will explore compositions with different stylistic feels such as 2nd line, swing, Afro-Latin, straight 8ths, back beat, and odd meter time signatures. Skills taught will be phrasing a melody, memorizing melodies and song forms by ear, soloing using modes, building a solo, new melodic and harmonic resources and how to practice them. You must bring your own instrument to camp unless you are a keyboard player or drummer. All instruments welcome.

ROCK ENSEMBLE – Josiah Woodson; All levels
Come and have fun learning some rock tunes. You do not have to read music, just the desire to have fun in a supportive environment. You must bring your own instrument to camp unless you are a keyboard player or drummer. All instruments welcome.

ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE – Terrence Brewer, by audition on first day of camp
By audition on first day of camp. This ensemble will give more experienced instrumentalists a chance to work at a faster pace. We will hold an audition on the first day of camp. If campers do not get taken into this ensemble, they will move into their second choice for this hour. All instruments welcome. (no singers)

ALL LEVELS GUITAR ENSEMBLE – Terrence Brewer; All levels
(**Prerequisite of 6 months on the instrument or knowledge of these basic guitar chords E, A, D, G, C, Em, Am, E7, A7, D7, C7) This Multiple-Levels Guitar Ensemble will focus on learning/playing chords, strumming/picking patterns, and improvisation techniques/scales. Campers will be using Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock and Pop songs as vehicles for exploring the large scope of music the guitar is capable of playing.

IMPROVISATION FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS – Josiah Woodson; int./adv. Students must have moderate proficiency on their instruments with a good knowledge of all major scales and knowledge of chord charts.
This class will focus on leaning how to spot-compose (improvise) over given chord structures using rhythm and harmonic concepts. Please bring your instrument and a cable for electric guitar/bass players, and sticks for drummers.

PERCUSSION

FUNKY PERCUSSION – Javier Navarrette; All levels
Get your hands on shakers, bells, congas and other drums for an adventure using rhythms from Cuba and West Africa to play in funk, rock, or R 'n' B music. Learn how to find your groove along with guitar, bass, and drums in your favorite songs. You are not required to bring an instrument to camp, but if you have one, feel free to bring it along.

INTRO TO AFRO-CUBAN MUSIC – Javier Navarrette; All levels
We will be learning the fundamentals of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, including basic conga technique, a brief history of Afro-Cuban people, auxiliary percussion techniques and some song and dance. You are not required to bring an instrument to camp, but if you have one, feel free to bring it along.

BIG FUN ON THE STEEL PANS – Mark Rosenthal; All levels
(This class will be offered 3x each day with different music taught in each class)
We will be jamming from day one. It takes very little time to get our collective groove on. For one thing the instruments provided have all the notes written on the drums!! (shh don't tell anyone).Steel pans are not only a unique addition to the world's catalogue of instruments, they are also really fun to play. If you enjoy the sound and have never played you need to check it out. One Trinidadian saying I like is: "Not I, "We!" and it is very much a community feeling playing in the steelband. In the class we explore different styles of music. Students will be given parts to play according to their level. Classes often prepare one or two pieces for a Saturday performance. This same class will meet 3x times per day.

DANCE

Whether or not you have previous dance experience, come try out a dance class. Dance is a great tool for improving your rhythm and enhancing your confidence and stage presence as a vocalist or instrumentalist.

GET IN THE GROOVE – Charles Simon; All levels
This class focuses on the hip hop grooves open to all levels dancers will get familiar with hip hop grooves and choreography. Styles varying from street tutting, to popular movements like the “floss” , “shoot”, and “woah”. Students will learn a choreographed piece to showcase at the end of camp. Campers of all dance levels and experience are welcome to join. Dancers come in attire that will allow you to dance fully and freely. (T-shirts, hoodies, sweats, leggings, basketball shorts, and joggers are great examples of what to wear and dancers are encouraged to showcase their personal style through their clothing). Wear comfortable sneakers with laces to dance in and baseball hats, snapbacks, fitted caps are also a great way to express yourself. Come on and get in the groove!

PERFORMANCE GLOW UP – Samara Atkins; Level: adv. beg/ int./adv.
This class is for the dancer that has experience with the fundamentals of hip hop, and is ready to take their moves and performance to the next level. Dancers will focus on performance technique, sharpening their skills on execution, musicality, delivery, timing nuances, and build their dance vocabulary, all while elevating their overall skill in dance and stage presence. Urban choreography will be taught in this class and dancers will have a chance to create moves that may be incorporated into the final performance piece that will be performed at the end of camp, if they so choose. Dancers come in attire that allows you to move fully and freely. (T-shirts, hoodies, sweats, leggings, basketball shorts, and joggers are great examples of what to wear and dancers are encouraged to showcase their personal style through their clothing). Wear comfortable sneakers with laces to dance in and baseball hats, snapbacks, fitted caps are also a great way to express yourself.

WORLD JAZZ DANCE I – Natalie Aceves; beg
This level moves at a slow pace for the beginner dancer. Class will concentrate on foundational jazz vocabulary with rhythms of the Diaspora. Basic dance composition and dance elements will be explored intently expanding on movement quality, style, space, time and musicality, providing a new avenue to expand versatility, technique and self-expression. Wear bare feet and flexible clothes.

WORLD JAZZ DANCE II – Natalie Aceves; int/adv
This class supports the experienced dancer in a dynamic fusion of jazz, contemporary and movement of the diaspora. The class encompasses dance composition fundamentals, interpretive dance, movement style, quality and rhythmic integration to challenge and inspire dancers to think more intently about space, time and musicality, providing a new avenue to expand versatility, technique and self expression. Wear bare feet and flexible clothes.

VOCALS

FINDING MY VOICE – Tammi Brown; All levels
‘Singing Tone’ basically means the overall sound of the voice. This class will focus on the tone of the voice and learn ways to control and alter it at will. Students are encouraged to sing solo (or in a group) a favorite tune in their own style.

I’M ALL EARS – Tammi Brown; All levels;
This class uses fun, interactive musical games to help enhance the ear with note recognition and pitch clarification. Students will create and participate in call and response riffs duplicating exactly what was heard.

LOVE THAT HARMONY – Tammi Brown; int/adv
The ‘melody’ is the tune you learn, the ‘harmony’ is the compliment.
Students will partner with other class members to create and perform harmonies to tunes where none exist. Students will participate in a ‘Singing Circle’ where harmonies are developed over the created melody.

BEATBOX 101 – Bryan Dyer; All levels
The human body and voice are the world's oldest and original instruments. In this course, you'll learn how to create bass drum, high-hat, snare, cymbals, and other percussion instruments to become a human drumset. We'll also work on microphone technique and work with a loop station to create our own works. Great for drummers to help feel what you are playing and anyone wishing to have a deeper understanding of how rhythm works.

JAZZ VOCALS – Bryan Dyer; Int./Adv
This class will provide in-depth information about fronting a band, counting off a song, learning complex standards and melodies, finding your key and scatting. Confidence in front of an audience can be just as important as skill level. The earlier you get these tools, the more time you have to become the artist and performer you want to be! Open to Open to vocalists with some previous experience wanting to move to the next level.

VOCAL ENSEMBLE – Bryan Dyer; All levels
In this class, we will form our own A Capella group - Think of Vocal Rush or Pentatonix, but right here at Jam Camp! Learn the aspects and dynamics of working together in a vocal group; creating the sounds of a band only using the voice.

TURNTABLE

THE ELEMENTS- Joshua Woodson; All levels
Please bring: A small list containing your favorite music, your original music, any music you like or don’t like, or music of which you’d like to get better understanding of (including instrumentals, acapellas, and remixes). In this class we will take a look at the structure of a song and how its parts can be divided into elements. Then once we have an understanding of these elements, we’ll see how they aid DJ’s in mixing, layering, and ultimately scratching. After this class you should have no problem distinguishing the different elements in a song as well as the ability to match (mix and scratch) music by their elements.

REMIX, ARRANGEMENT, MASHUP? – Joshua Woodson; All levels
Please bring: A small list containing your favorite music, your original music, any music you like or don’t like, or music of which you’d like to get better understanding of (including instrumental, acapella, and remixes). For this class we will be experimenting with rearranging music, remixing, and creating unique styles of songs from different sources such as midi instruments, sampling, and beat generators. Our plan: once we have constructed our arrangements, we will take these arrangements and mix them using the turntables. You will become familiar with DJing techniques such as mixing your tracks into others in addition to scratching and other improvisational techniques.

FROM CONCEPT TO STUDIO AND BEYOND – Joshua Woodson; All levels
Please bring: A small list containing your favorite music, your original music, any music you like or don’t like, or music of which you’d like to get better understanding of (including instrumentals, acapellas, and remixes). In this class we will discuss ideas and brainstorm ways to make the music we hear to sound more like the music we want to hear. Our goal is to get a better understanding of expression through sound. After this class you will be able to produce arrangements from multiple sources to create your own interpretation of a song or idea.