Winter Session: January 4th - March 13th, 2020

Jazz Melody Studies,
Jared Hall,
Monday, 5:45-7:15pm

Class ID: CMSJXH016


This class will run January 6th - March 9th, 2020.

From II-V’s to Tunes, this year-long program of weekly classes will develop your ability to create 8th note melodic lines, and variations on song melodies.

Guided by recordings of jazz greats, the work in this class builds a melodic improviser’s jazz language and ear through exercises and studies of melodic invention devices: target notes, adjacent and passing tone melodic variations, diatonic and chromatic approach note sets, sequences, rhythmic displacement, etc.

Studies will emphasize creativity and include exercising “mix and match” capabilities by learning ideas/patterns per chord type. Substitute harmonic content and alternate scale options will also be studied. 

Student Requirements

    Successful completion of Totally II-Vs class or demonstrated equivalent skill level (12 key proficiency).

    Class meets 1.5 hours weekly

    Registration and Payments

    Registration requires payment in full by the first meeting of a session (unless special arrangements have been made). Seats are filled on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis and cannot be assigned unless payment is received. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

    Please refer to our Policies page for information regarding important information about registration and payment.

    "Jared's knowledge, skill, patience, and humor have made his class an enjoyable and useful experience.  He's opened up a new approach to practicing and improvisation for me.  In addition, I really like the lines and phrases he lays out for us."  -Steve Seick, guitarist
    "I've now taken two classes from Jared through Jazz Night School, and I have learned a lot!  In the first class, I learned about ways to transcribe jazz solos, as a means for understanding how other musicians improvise.  In the second class, I learned some new ideas on constructing improvisations over chord progressions.  Jared is very patient, calm and creative.  He explains ideas both in words and with music, which is helpful.  I'm looking forward to my next class in the upcoming quarter!" -Marissa Singleton, pianist