Jazz & Creative Institute

Private Lesson Program

Expert instruction and mentorship.

Bass faculty Andrew Peck joins his student on stage at the Union Cabaret and Grille for a duo performance in February 2019.

Bass faculty Andrew Peck joins his student on stage at the Union Cabaret and Grille for a duo performance in February 2019.

 
 

Private Lesson Program

Our private lesson program consists of a weekly private lesson with an expert on your instrument, monthly jam sessions led by our faculty band, and three public concerts a year. Lessons are offered in increments of 30, 45, or 60 minutes to ages 6 on up. Our faculty members do not follow predetermined curriculum, but teach each student as an individual. This student-led approach leads to faster learning, a deeper interest in practicing, and a cultivation of each student’s unique musical gifts and talents. And that, is what we think it’s all about.

The 4th Sunday of (almost) every month, Jazz Academy students come together with a “house” band of their teachers in a rich playing and learning environment. Students are coached as they play alongside their teachers and fellow students on the songs they’ve been studying all month. Family, friends, and the public are invited to be part of the audience. 3pm - 4:30pm. Not interested in strictly jazz? Our faculty are well-versed in many genres, including classical, rock and blues.

Three times a year, private students perform in a big concert that is usually held in a public venue.

instruments

Bass (acoustic or electric): We offer both electric bass guitar lessons and upright bass (acoustic, double bass) lessons. Tuition includes our monthly Student/Faculty jam session and Saturday Morning Open Studio time with other students. We have both an electric bass and an acoustic bass on hand with the proper amplifiers at the Jazz and Creative Institute for students to use at sessions and rehearsals.

Drumset: We offer lessons in jazz drumset. Tuition includes our monthly Student/Faculty jam session and Saturday Morning Open Studio time with other students. We have a drumset on hand at the Jazz and Creative Institute for students to use at sessions and rehearsals.

Drum students at the Jazz and Creative Institute participate in the 13th Annual Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive in June 2019 at the Cabaret Union and Grille in Downtown Kalamazoo.

Guitar: One of our most popular instruments to study because of its familiarity and versatility.

Hand drumming/Percussion: We offer lessons with a percussionist who has played all over the world. Learn intricacies of African and Latin American drumming and percussion with Kevin “Bujo” Jones.

Piano: Piano is one of our most popular instruments to study jazz on as it has a rich history in the music.

Saxophone: Soprano sax, alto, tenor, baritone. Even clarinet and flute are available with our stellar faculty members who are adept on all of them.

Trombone: Jazz trombone first premiered in Dixieland music but has since become a feature horn in quartets and larger groups.

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Trumpet: Studying trumpet with our Co-Director, Jazz Orchestra Director, and jazz artist, Benje Daneman combines the intellectual knowledge of playing with the heart and soul of creating a beautiful sound. You will learn solid brass technique for trumpet (or flugelhorn) and study improvisation through transcription and jazz theory.

Voice: We offer voice lessons to beginning through advanced singers. Each teacher brings their own unique experiences and teaching methods to your lesson to completely tailor it to your interests. Singers study any and all genres: Classical, Opera, Musical Theatre, Broadway, Pop, Folk, Rock, and Jazz. Or, they can specialize in one.

JCI jazz vocal student Ana Chubb performs "Never Will I Marry" at the Jazz and Creative Institute in Kalamazoo, MI on June 2, 2019 with a faculty band of Grayson Nye on piano, MJ Epperson on bass, and Danny Gayden on drums.

Tuition

Tuition is billed monthly with no contract for your convenience. JCI is open 45 weeks a year and closed seven weeks to accommodate breaks and holidays. We average the price of those 45 lessons over the 12 months and charge accordingly. It includes 10 jam sessions and 3 student concert performances. Monthly tuition is as follows:

60min Weekly Lessons: $225/mo ($65 each for non-weekly lessons)

45min Weekly Lessons: $178/mo ($50 each for non-weekly lessons)

30min Weekly Lessons: $125/mo ($35 each for non-weekly lessons)

Enrollment Process

1 - Get any and all questions you have answered via our website, emailing liz@jazzandcreative.com or calling us at 269-350-4311. Come meet us or see the space first if you like. Attend a jam session or other event to get a feel for what’s happening at JCI.

2 - Complete the New Student Intake Form via the “Join Now” button below.

3 - Find a mutually agreeable day and time to come study privately.

4 - Pay your invoice and get excited to start!