Jazz Basics

Jazz Basics

Wednesdays at 6:30pm starting June 7 for 8 weeks

Have you ever felt confused or mystified by jazz? Does the prospect of improvisation intimidate you? Are you an experienced musician looking to strengthen your soloing, composing, or musicianship? These concepts may help you along your path. 


This course explores some basic soloing concepts, arpeggios, melodic paraphrasing, chord-scale relationships, some jazz history and context, as well as some tools to help strengthen your overall musicality. 


All instruments are welcome (even those not traditionally associated with jazz). It would be helpful to have some basic understanding of chords, scales, and arpeggios. 


Mark Wallace is a professional musician based in the St. Louis area. You may have seen him perform with Mt. Thelonious, Tommy Halloran, Dave Black, Paul Demarinis, and many others. He was educated at Webster University receiving both his Bachelor's and Master's in Jazz Performance. Mark is also a very experienced educator, currently instructing jazz combos at Washington University.

Prerequisite: Level 2 or comparable ability



Instructor: Mark Wallace

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