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Oaktown Jazz Workshops offers intensive instructional workshops for young musicians, ages 12-18. These year-round workshops are the core program of OJW and consist of instrumental ensembles that  focus on improvisation, ear training and learning tunes in a hands-on, “jam session” environment with professional jazz musicians. The point is to have fun while making good music.

Schedule:
Combo Workshops
Tuesdays 4PM-6PM @ 55 Washington Street in Jack London Square, Oakland

Our Tuesday workshop is where young musicians learn to improvise solos on their instruments while playing different types of jazz and blues tunes in a band setting. Students should have some experience on their instruments (school band, individual lessons, etc.)

Performance Ensemble Workshops
Wednesdays 4PM-6PM @ 55 Washington Street in Jack London Square, Oakland

Our Wednesday workshop is where young musicians who are familiar with performing jazz continue to improve their musicianship in a band setting.

Students may enroll in our year-round workshops at any time by attending our Tuesday workshop and bringing their instrument.  For more information call (510) 649-1785 or email info@oaktownjazz.org.

Tuition is $110/month plus a one time $60 registration fee.  A limited number of income- based scholarships are available to eligible families.

Check out our classes listed below!

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Jazz Improvisation, September 14th to November 16th, 2017
For ages 10 to 18 

Thursdays from 4PM to 5:30PM @ 55 Washington Street in Jack London Square, Oakland, 94607
Curriculum includes; Ensemble Playing, Ear Training, Melodic Phrasing and Harmonic Forms.

$228 (Free for Current Oaktown Jazz Workshops Combo or Performance Ensemble Members)

Study Music Theory at Oaktown Jazz Workshops!

Music Theory, September 14th to November 16th, 2017
For ages 14 to 18 

Thursdays from 5:30PM to 6:30PM @ 55 Washington Street in Jack London Square, Oakland, 94607
Curriculum includes; Modes, Chord Analysis, Ear Training and Composition.

$150 (Free for Current Oaktown Jazz Workshops Combo or Performance Ensemble Members)

Photo © 2015 Ravi Abcarian

Photo © 2015 Ravi Abcarian

 

The Journey – Percussion from Africa to the Americas with instructor Tacuma King
January 19th to March 16th, 2017
For ages 8 to 18

Thursdays from 4:30PM to 6PM @ 55 Washington Street in Jack London Square, Oakland
, CA 94607
Curriculum includes rhythms from various parts of the African Continent

$205 (Free for Current Oaktown Jazz Workshops Combo or Performance Ensemble Members)

How to apply:

Please send the following information to info@oaktownjazz.org and we will send you the registration form.

  1. Musician’s first and last name
  2. Musician’s age
  3. Musician’s school
  4. Musician’s instrument
  5. Class interested in:
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
  • The Journey- Percussion from Africa to the Americas

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Traditionally, young musicians learned to play jazz by hanging out with more experienced professional musicians in their neighborhood and after-hours in bars and nightclubs. In more recent times young musicians have learned to play in school bands where the focus is on reading music. By employing professional jazz musicians as instructors, Oaktown Jazz Workshops uses the traditional model to offer a distinctive approach to jazz instruction that gives students a foundation in the jazz fundamentals of improvisation, arranging and learning to play by ear.

Our students benefit from their instructors’ collective years of experience as performers and their highly developed sensitivity to the unique dynamics that set jazz apart from other disciplines.

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