The program will help students develop their improvising skills through individual and group sessions using standard jazz repertoire. Lessons will include the study of form, rhythm, chords, ear-training, and guidance on group improvisation and creating original jazz solos, as well as examining and studying the styles of several jazz masters. The program will examine the blues, standard song forms from the American song book, jazz standards of musicians such as Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk and others, discussions of traditional, swing, bebop, cool, and free jazz. Students will be expected to improvise on these forms both individually and collectively. Open to all instruments and voice.
- Private lessons
- Group lessons
- Ensemble playing
- Overview of jazz history
- Group listening and discussions
- Jam Sessions
- Public performances
Acceptance to program by audition only Send audition tape and a short statement of what you hope to take away from the program. You may do so on our application page
In addition to performing, Bob is a trumpet teacher and music educator.
Richard Sussman is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, educator, and author. Passionate about sharing his knowledge with young people, Richard has been an integral member of the Jazz Composition Faculty at the highly esteemed Manhattan School of Music in New York City since 1986. Equally skilled in the areas of jazz and classical theory, composition, jazz improvisation, and many aspects of music technology including film scoring and contemporary media production, Richard can offer a wide array of lessons to the aspiring student.