Music Evening Arts

The Evening Arts Program extends the artistic and creative possibilities by providing a wide range of arts-based classes after dinner. It is an opportunity for students to try something entirely new or to delve more deeply into an art form for which they have already developed a passion. While active participation is required, these classes are ungraded. The classes meet from 7:30-9 PM either once or twice per week, and students are required to participate at least two evenings per week. The Evening Arts program operates in two sessions: Fall and Winter/Spring. Unless otherwise noted, classes run during both sessions.


Students will explore improvisatory forms of music in a variety of styles within the jazz idiom including swing, blues, funk and latin forms. Musical communication, development of technical skills, and creating group arrangements will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to use the tools of jazz and improvisation to craft their individual style and voice within the context of a jazz combo. Jazz will perform throughout the year as opportunities arise. Basic technical ability on an instrument is required, singers welcome. Full year commitment.

Jazz II - Combo

Students will explore jazz and build the musical tools of improvisation while they develop a personal style. Swing, latin, blues, and funk styles will be explored. Jazz and the craft of improvisation will be considered from a contemporary context as well as a historical tradition. Students will learn to read and interpret a lead sheet, improvise in various styles, understand form, construct group arrangements, and communicate with fellow musicians. Jazz ensemble will perform frequently throughout the year. An intermediate skill on an instrument and permission of the instructor are required. Full year commitment.

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