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

by Mark Sherman

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. Mark has a very specific methodology for learning this material which will be accompanied by many drills to cover all the chord qualities and how to layout your voice on chord changes.

  • Course Duration

    14 Weeks

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US$180(1-on-1 Class)

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1 Class = 75 minutes

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Educator Profile

Mark Sherman

42 Years Experience

From: United States

  • Work Details

    Professor of Vibraphone and doubles for Drummers.. - 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.


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