CSMA’s Jazz program includes opportunities to learn about the inner workings of the jazz genre, as well as perform jazz with like-minded students. Jazz classes are taught by world-class, experienced, professional jazz musicians Rich Kuhns and Randy Masters.

Study Jazz

In CSMA’s Jazz Theory 1 & 2 classes, students learn melodic techniques, harmonic practices and their applications. Formal analysis of pieces teaches students about how jazz compositions are constructed.

Perform Jazz

CSMA offers several opportunities for students interested in performing jazz.

  • Intro to Jazz Performance: Students learn jazz basics, including fundamental scales and melodic techniques.
  • Jazz Combo: These combos perform blues and jazz from a variety of eras. Students continue their jazz technique and theory education by learning new improvisation methods and rehearsal techniques.
  • Brazilian Jazz Combo: Students explore Brazilian Jazz styles and representative repertoire while working on technique and improvisation methods.

Community Jazz Jams

Spend an afternoon jamming with jazz musicians! Community Jazz Jams are open to all intermediate and advanced players. Players are arranged into combos based on experience. Sessions are open to all jazzers, and vocalists are welcome.

Jazz Jams take place three times each semester. They are free to CSMA jazz students! ($20, payable at the door, for non-CSMA students.)

Spring 2018 Community Jazz Jams:

  • Sunday, March 4, 1pm-5:30pm
  • Sunday, April 8, 1pm-5:30pm
  • Sunday, May 20, 1pm-5:30pm

To register for a Community Jazz Jam, email CSMAjazz@arts4all.org two weeks prior to the session. Please include: name, instrument and years of experience playing jazz.

For the current class schedule, visit our online registration site or browse our catalog.