Jazz Studies

MSA Jazz Studies fosters an atmosphere of excellence, where each student is important to the whole. Regarded as one of the top Instrumental Jazz programs in nationwide, MSA Jazz Studies provides a comprehensive curriculum for students interested in Jazz music. Students progress in the program based on skill level and will play music that is appropriate for an advanced high school or intermediate college band. Students will work on a variety of skills including intonation, accuracy of rhythm, articulations, phrasing and style characteristics. Those in the Jazz Combo program are encouraged to compose original music; faculty direction and feedback is a major part of the process for students working on original composition. Instruction comes from seasoned teachers, top professionals in the music field, and peer mentoring. The MSA Jazz Band performs extensively in the community and at music festivals. Students are expected to make time available for performances and festivals, and are required to practice outside of class.

Jazz Studies 1
Jazz Studies 2
Jazz Studies 3
Jazz Studies 4
Jazz Studies 5
Jazz Studies 6
Jazz Studies 7
Jazz Studies 8
Jazz Studies 9
Jazz Studies 10
Jazz Studies 11
Jazz Studies 12
jazz-studies-02
jazz-studies-01
jazz-studies-12
jazz-studies-11
jazz-studies-10
jazz-studies-09
jazz-studies-08
jazz-studies-07
jazz-studies-06
jazz-studies-05
jazz-studies-04
jazz-studies-03
jazz-studies-02
jazz-studies-01
jazz-studies-12
jazz-studies-11
jazz-studies-10
jazz-studies-09
jazz-studies-08
jazz-studies-07
jazz-studies-06
jazz-studies-05
jazz-studies-04
jazz-studies-03

Advanced Band 1

Advanced Band 2

 Intermediate Band 1

Includes  multiple small group combos with five to nine members each exploring a repertoire in the rich tradition of small group jazz. The intensive class includes weekly study in theory, improvisation, technique, ear training and performance technique. Jazz Combo students will perform in the community as well as at jazz festivals. Each combo band will also participate in recording music.

Awards + Accolades

2019-2020

Best Music School in Marin, Marin Independent Journal’s Reader’s Choice Awards

Folsom Jazz Festival

  • Jazz Choir 2, 1st Place
  • Jazz Band 2 & Jazz Combo, 3rd Place

2018-2019

Best Music School in Marin, Marin Independent Journal’s Reader’s Choice Awards

Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival

  • MSA Jazz Combo 1, Finalist
  • MSA Jazz Combo 1, Finalist
  • Sarah Meblin, vocal soloist, Finalist
  • Folsom Jazz Festival
  • Jazz Combo 1, Div. A, 1st Place
  • Jazz Choir 1, 2nd Place Overall, Command performance
  • Jazz Band2, Div. B, 2nd Place
drj_jazz

Dr. Greg Johnson, Music Director

Scroll to Top