Language Skills For Jazz Improvisation (with school and career guidance)

First Name
Mark
Last Name
Sherman
Course Summary

Through the tutelage of Mark Sherman, students will study vibraphone/keyboard harmony, improvisation skills as well as all of the necessary scales, chord outlines, harmonic language skills and mallet techniques that are necessary to improvise, negotiate chord changes, and apply general functions for the performance of the various song forms used in jazz performance. The course covers jazz theory and improvisation skills from the ground up, going through the 2-5-1's in all keys using 6 different voicings and onward.

Lives In

The Bronx, NY
United States

Course Duration
14 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Professional
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$180.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
75
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Mark
Last Name
Sherman
Number of years of relevant experience
42 Years Experience
From: United States
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
The Juilliard School Professor of Vibraphone and doubles for Drummers..

Course Details

The ultimate goal is for the student to round out their individual musicianship by learning to function as a harmonic musician, and not just as a drummer. By learning tunes, form, and the language tools necessary to improvise on vibraphone and piano. Ultimately, this can assist each student in their future musical career. Each session will present a different set of drills, tools, scales, chord outlines, and tunes that will be assigned to the student, gauged by their individual level. Additionally, Mark will try to satisfy the goals of each individual student's mission statement, further helping them to reach their goal. Full attendance at all sessions is required, and student attendance will be considered in the final grade. Grades will be computed by attendance (responsibility reporting non-attendance), progress, and a disciplined approach to mastering the assignments. The outcome of the student's work will be the barometer.

About the TeacherMark Sherman is a global lead performer for 25 years, touring through Europe, Russia, Korea, China, Australia, Philippines, the United States as well as Canada. He has been a professor for over 13 years at The Juilliard School, CCNY on the jazz faculty and 10 years at both The New York Jazz Workshop and New Jersey City University. He was selected to be the Jazz Ambassador for the United States State Department, and Jazz At Lincoln Center, later touring through Russia and Asia, completing more than 30 concerts, performances and workshops all within 5 weeks. Sherman has also featured on more than 170 recordings as the sideman, on 20 major movie scores, and has recorded 18 CDs.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

About Teacher

Mark Sherman has been in the Downbeat Magazine's Critics and readers poll from 2007-2018. Sherman brings a deeply rooted post bop approach to a program of originals and standards, which convincingly carry on the art form with a potent level of invigorating musicianship. His music is relentlessly energetic, hard charging, and brimming with incredible improvisations from his deeply rooted skillset. In addition Sherman has recorded 18 CD’s as a leader, and over 150 CD’s as a sideman. In 2011 he was given the honor of representing the United States on the US State Department /Jazz Ambassadors tour abroad with over 30 concerts and workshops in Russia, and Southeast Asia. He continues to carry on the jazz tradition through playing and education on piano/vibes and drums as an 13 year Juilliard Jazz professor of Vibraphone and Doubles For Drummers.

Prerequites

Students must know basic music theory, all major scales, major triads, and major 7th and minor 7th chords. They must also understand the basic rhythms and language components of music rhythm and theory, time signatures, key signatures, intervals, etc. Decent music reading will be useful.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section A
Mon 9:00am - 1:00pm America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section B
Tue 9:00am - 4:00pm America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section C
Wed 3:00pm - 8:00pm America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section D
Thu 9:00am - 9:00pm America/New_York
2 Seats
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section E
Fri 9:00am - 8:00pm America/New_York
2 Seats
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section F
Sat 9:00am - 8:00pm America/New_York
2 Seats
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FAQs

Question
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. Detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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