Summer Music

2019 Workshops & Classes

Funk 'n' Groove Workshop
June 17-22
Rehearsals: 6:30-9pm June 17, 18, 19 & 21 at the Burlingame Space
Performance: Sat, June 22 At Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - Lakewood Center Parking Lot Tent - 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego. bet. 2:30-4:30pm details to be confirmed
Ages: 14 - Adult
Ability Level: Advanced - Young Professional
Instruments: Guitar, Piano/Keys/Organ, Bass, Vocals, Drums/Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet & Trombone
Description: This popular class fills up quickly! Students put together a set of funk tunes that are ready to perform in only a few days. Ability to learn tunes (based in 16th notes) quickly is a must!
Cost: $220
Jazz Improv Boot Camp
TUESDAYS      June 25 - August 27
Classes: 4:30-6:00pm  PLUS an optional Jam Session from 6-7pm
Instruments: Any      Ages: All
Ability level: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: Experience is key to becoming a good improviser. It takes hundreds of choruses to truly feel confident. That confidence leads to openly creating on the spot, using planned vocabulary successfully & feeling free enough to have reactive conversations with other band members. The class will study 1-2 Jazz standard tunes each week, working on the melody, chord changes, solo techniques, listening skills, rhythmic concepts, patterns in 12 keys & the roles of each member of the Jazz combo. This gives a huge boost to their understanding of improvisation & chord changes.
Cost: $350 for series
$230 for a partial session (any 6 classes)
$45 for a drop-in class (if you can make less than 6  classes)

Advanced Improv Skills & Modern Jazz CLinics
TUESDAYS      June 25 - August 27
Classes: 7-8:30pm PLUS an optional Jam Session from 6-7pm
Instruments: Any      Ages: 16 - Adult
Ability level: Advanced/Professional
Description: A deep study of solo techniques & mapping, including re-harmonization, various solo styles/story-lines & vocabulary. Modal playing, sequencing, coltrane changes & more! A class for advanced improvisors with a strong knowledge of theory that will expand their vocabulary & teach reactive conversational skills between band members. Improvisors with experience gigging or regularly attending Jam Sessions are a good fit for this class.
CLINICIANS focused on teaching modern Jazz techniques will be brought in several times. Summer PYJO students are all welcome to attend the clinic in the audience. To participate is the cost of a drop-in class. The clinic portion will be about 45 minutes starting at 7pm.
Cost: $350 for series
$230 for a partial session (any 6 classes)
$45 for a drop-in class (if you can make less than 6  classes)
Tuesday Jam Session
TUESDAYS      June 25 - August 27
Improv Boot camp & Advanced Improv Techniques students should attend when possible. Open to the public, no cost.
Instruments: Any
Jazz Composers Combo
THURSDAYS*      June 27-August 15
Classes: 4:30-6pm *NO CLASS on July 4th! (Monday July 8, 4:30-6pm will be the make-up class)
Performance: Aug 15th at Burlingame Space with MEDLER SEXTET time TBA
Instruments: Any   Ages: 15+
Ability level: Advanced - Professional
Description: This class offers serious student musicians and professionals a composition performance series. Topics include: performance ear training, advanced composition, orchestration, melodic analysis and the application of challenging harmonies. Instructor, Ben Medler, will compose several new works for the class. Student compositions will be added. All songs will be video recorded at the performance or in class.
Cost: $285
PYJO Pops! Summer Middle School Band
MONDAYS      June 24-August 19
Classes: 6:45-8:15pm
Ages: 11+ (younger considered if experienced)
Ability level: Beginning - Young Intermediate / 1-3 years experience on instrument
Instruments: Any Band or Orchestra instruments including Piano/Keyboard, guitar, bass, drums.
Description: The PYJO Pops allows talented younger musicians to learn popular Rock, Latin, Jazz, Funk and Film Score music. The summer session challenges students to develop their musicianship, sound, technique and performance skills! High School (or older) musicians welcome if they wish to strenthen their doubling skills!
Cost: $225-350 sliding scale for the series

Trombone Workshop
Wednesdays July 3 - Aug 14
Rehearsals: 7-8:45pm
August 14 is a Recording Session
Ages: All       Ability level: Intermediate/Advanced/Professional
(3+ years experience on the trombone)     Instruments: Trombone or Bass Trombone
Description: A MUST for ALL TROMBONISTS! This is a trombone masterclass plus a recording session. In addition to preparing large ensemble pieces, students will learn trombone-specific techniques for practicing, warm-ups, tone & air development, slide techniques & approaching all styles of music.(Less experienced trombonists should sign up for PYJO Pops!)
Cost: $265
Jazz Vocal Clinics
Thursdays: June 27 - Aug 8
Classes: 7-8:30pm NO CLASS on July 4th!!
Level: All
Instrument: Voice
This clinic series offers a hands on repertoire study of Jazz vocal greats, encompassing their language, harmony & groove. Students will work through exercises that improve resonance, phrasing, pitch & more. New artist profiles for each clinic include: Chet Baker, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks, Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday.
Cost: $200 for series
$105 for a partial session (any 3 classes)
$40 for a drop-in class (if you can make less than 6  classes)

Private Lessons
All Ages / All Levels
Lessons available for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Drums/percussion, Piano, Guitar, Bass (electric & upright) and Voice. Scheduling & cost is set with the instructor.