Teacher Jakob is excited to introduce three group classes dedicated to music theory, jazz, and improvisation. Please see below for each program's details and speak with the front desk if you are interested in joining.
Music Theory Through Improvisation
In this group class, students will study the fundamentals of music theory while learning to turn these theories into music by playing together as an ensemble. We will explore scales, harmony, common chord progressions and use our theoretical studies to guide and inspire musical improvisations. This is an opportunity for students to refine their knowledge of music theory while deepening their musical experience through ensemble playing.
Limited to 6 spots. Early-intermediate to advanced students accepted.
The FMMI Improvisation Ensemble
Musical improvisation is fundamental to all music making. The majority of the world’s music is improvised. Did you know that the great composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt (and many others) were all renowned for their remarkable improvisations? In this group class, students will be introduced to the art and discipline of musical improvisation. Classes will consist of refining the skills necessary to improvise both alone as well as in an ensemble. Listening and playing skills will be developed through musical games and exercises. This is an opportunity for students to discover and enjoy their own unique musical creations while developing their musicianship in an ensemble setting.
Early-intermediate to advanced students accepted.
The FMMI Jazz Ensemble
For intermediate to advanced students interested in learning the fundamentals of jazz music. This group class is dedicated to the study of jazz harmony, traditional jazz songs, and the cultivation of ensemble playing. Students will learn to improvise in the jazz idiom while learning the necessary theory and history to inform their playing. This is an opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing band/jazz band in high school and beyond.
Intermediate to advanced students accepted.