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Wed, Apr 15


Free Online Class

THE JAZZ CIRCLE: Using the Major Scale

Weekly Jazz Class Series This Week's Topic: Using the Major Scale to Improvise

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THE JAZZ CIRCLE: Using the Major Scale
THE JAZZ CIRCLE: Using the Major Scale

Time & Location

Apr 15, 2020, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM CDT

Free Online Class

About the Event

In response to the current pandemic crisis, MJI is offering online classes, free of charge, as part of its new program the Jazz Circle. Many school jazz programs have been disrupted by the current situation, and many aspiring musicians of all ages are looking to continue learning about jazz, so MJI is offering these classes in an effort to help the community during this challenging time. MJI artistic director Mark Davis and MJI education director Eric Jacobson will teach a four-week online series on jazz improvisation and harmony. Those who wish to make a donation to support this program and other MJI initiatives can make a donation here: DONATE NOW.

Middle and high school students, as well as adults wishing to participate need to register in advance for each class they plan to attend. Attendees will receive a link and instructions an hour prior to the class to allow easy access from a computer, tablet, or smartphone via Zoom Video Conferencing. Registration is open until the start of each class. Links will be sent promptly to those who sign up just prior to the start time. Participants will be able to see and hear the instructor through live video. Attendees will not be seen on video but will have the option of asking questions during the session. Please call (414) 234-5565 or send an email to if you have questions or need more info.

The Schedule:

The Jazz Circle: Online Jazz Harmony Class (Instructor: Mark Davis) Open to youth and adults who want to learn more about chords, chord symbols, progressions, and voicings.

5:30-6:15pm, Tuesday, April 14 Topic: Triads

5:30-6:15pm, Tuesday, April 21 Topic: Seventh chords

5:30-6:15pm, Tuesday, April 28 Topic: Voicings

5:30-6:15pm, Tuesday, May 5 Topic: Extensions

The Jazz Circle: Online Jazz Improvisation Class (Instructor: Eric Jacobson) Open to youth and adults who want to learn more about how to improvise jazz solos.

5:30-6:15pm, Wednesday, April 15 Topic: Using the Major Scale to Improvise

5:30-6:15pm, Wednesday, April 22 Topic: Essential Modes 

5:30-6:15pm, Wednesday, April 29 Topic: The Blues Scale

5:30-6:15pm, Wednesday, May 6 Topic: Bebop Scales


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