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Group lessons

This ensemble is dedicated to the study, rehearsal, and performance of jazz music.

The instrumentation will consist of a rhythm section (piano, vibraphone, guitar, bass, or drums) and one to four other instruments (flute, trumpet, saxophone, violin, or cello), depending on balance and ability level.

Material will be selected primarily from the jazz canon and supplemented by traditional melodies or popular classical music.

The Jazz Combo is open to players of all instruments.  The group meets once a week and performs several times through the year.

The experience level in combos varies widely, and every effort is made to match players of similar ability levels.

The goals of the Jazz Combo include:

- Developing ear training and aural skills
- Understanding the major structural elements of jazz music
- Improving time-feel through syncopation and idiomatic jazz rhythms (including swing)
- Developing the ability to improvise (in any style)
- Increasing understanding of jazz performance practices (including non-verbal communication)
- Learning to appreciate jazz music and understanding its history

Skill Requirement: Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent ability

January 25, 2018- March 29, 2018

10 week course

Meet every Thursday

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Instructor: David Priest

Acellerando is an ensemble of a group of 4-6 cello students that play classical, jazz, or rock music. 

Students meet once a week with instructor.

Sheet music is provided.

Work on sight reading, working in ensemble, and performing as a group.


Day of the week is decided upon the enrollment of students.

January 23, 2018 - March 27, 2018

10-week session

Every Tuesday

5:15PM- 6:00PM


+ Twinkle Variations

+ Playing position and Rest Position

In the group class setting, beginning students can play along with and model the more advanced students which will inspire them to work towards a more advanced level of playing.  Meanwhile, more advanced students work on ensemble/group playing skills as well as learning how to be a “role-model” for the younger.


The goals of Suzuki Group Classes include:

  • The development of good listening skills when performing in a group setting.

  • Creating a nurturing supportive, and encouraging environment.

  • Generating a strong incentive to practice and improve without relying on competitiveness.

  • Building confidence in playing and pleasure of making music.

  • Reviewing and improving skills that have already been learned.

  • Applying new techniques to previously learned pieces.

  • Helping build ensemble skills.

  • Exploring other faces of music (historical background, theory, etc).

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