Workshops

Minnesota Jazz Education works with various agencies and artists to provide, support and promote a wide variety of jazz workshops and related jazz education experiences. Partners include the High School for Recording Arts, Schubert Club, MacPhail Center for Music, Walker West Music Academy, Jazz Central Studios and more. 

Stay tuned for future workshop announcements. 

Recent Workshops

Summer Music Workshops

July 2022 

About the Workshops

MN JazzEd presents Summer Music Workshops, including 3 stand-alone day-long workshops, taking place 10am-2:30pm Monday, July 25, Wednesday, July 27 and Friday July 29. Each day will have a different artistic focus, led by leading professional artists from the Twin Cities and beyond!

Sign up for one workshop or all three. Open to musicians grades 7-12. Workshops are free for all participants, lunch provided. Registration required.


Jazz Combo Workshop – Monday, July 25

This is a jazz combo workshop for intermediate to advanced high school players. Spend the day in master classes, theory sessions and jazz combos. Work with the Twin Cities’ finest professional musicians, Claudia Medina (saxophones), Omar Abdulkarim (trumpet), Jordan Anderson (piano), Chris Smith (bass), Abinnet Berhanu (drums).


Songwriting Workshop – Wednesday, July 27

This hands-on songwriting camp is for young artists who want to learn to write songs and develop their artistic voices. Workshop leaders Sarah M. Greer (singer-songwriter, improviser, recording artist and performer) and Chadwick “Niles” Phillips (rapper, entrepreneur, event producer, composer) will share tools and techniques to help you start writing your own songs right away. We will start with the basics and learn and explore together.

This workshop is suitable for teens who like music, spoken word and/or poetry; who are comfortable talking and presenting (playing/singing) in a group setting; and who have basic rhythm and pitch skills. Previous experience songwriting is NOT required. Each participant will receive personal attention and feedback.


Songwriting Workshop – Friday, July 29

Ever wanted to learn the electric bass? This camp is open to all young musicians with skills on any other instrument who want to give electric bass a try. The day will be filled with clinics by professional bass players, Chris Bates and Kenny Watson, with lots of hands-on learning and introductory bass techniques. Already play bass? Come and join us! We’ll have a place for you, with instruction to fit your level. Basses will be provided, but if you have access to a bass and amp, please bring it.

Jazz Piano Workshop

Saturday, February 5th, 2022 9am-4:30pm 

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 17th

This FREE workshop, designed for Middle and High School students includes clinics for classical piano students curious about jazz, or beginning jazz students or advanced jazz pianists. Registration is limited. 

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to explore jazz piano, meet peers with similar interests, and learn from renowned jazz pianists from the Twin Cities! Students will work on playing jazz piano in small groups with clinicians. Students with no jazz experience whatsoever to students with advanced jazz experience are encouraged to attend, and will be placed in groups based on ability.

Three scholarships of $300 each will be awarded for lessons with one of our local piano clinicians. Scholarships are provided by endowments to Schubert Club from the families of Marie Froehlich, Jane Matteson and David Paulus. Scholarship winners will be announced online after the workshop.

Approaches to Improvisation Workshop
Saturday, October 9, 2021 12-2pm

Improve and inspire your improvisation skills by exploring a diverse range of techniques and approaches. Liz Draper and Tasha Baron are offering an all access workshop on improvisation, composition and spontaneous composition. We will explore everything from modal and chordal and blues jazz improvisation to new music classical improvisation and contemporary avant garde styles.  Prior experience improvising is NOT required. 

Many musicians have hangups and insecurities when thinking about improvising.  We understand and empathize with this.  We believe everyone has something they can offer as a musician and artistic creator, and that there are many ways to create music and improvise.  We aim to untap and engage the workshop students’ creativity and offer a safe space to explore many approaches to making music and collaborating with others.  

 

ELIGIBILITY: All participants must be enrolled in high school (online or in-person), with

previous experience playing in band, orchestra, choir, rock band, jazz ensembles, etc. 

 

 

VACCINATIONS REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS: To ensure the safety of students and teachers, all participating students must be fully-vaccinated by the day of the workshop. Proof of vaccinated will be required for at check in.

 

 

With questions, please contact MN JazzEd Executive Director, Katia Cardenas at info@mnjazzed.org. 

This activity was funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

Music Technology Clinic
Monday, May 17 6pm CST on Zoom

Learn how to use technology to enhance your skills and vocabulary for musical performance. Come experience the technical side of music! There are so many tools to augment our creativity and share our art with the world. This session will delve into an overview of Music Production, Video Editing, Audio Effects, and Composition with modern software. 

Organize your musical ideas with today’s folk instrument: the laptop. Create fun visuals to help tell your musical story. Use technology to change your acoustic voice. I’m so excited to share this with you! – Dr. Scott Agster

This FREE workshop is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to explore jazz piano, meet peers with similar interests, and learn from renowned jazz pianists from the Twin Cities! Designed for middle and high school students that can read music and have a minimum of 3 years of piano experience, students will work on playing jazz piano in small groups with clinicians. Students with no jazz experience whatsoever to students with advanced jazz experience are encouraged to attend, and will be placed in groups based on ability.


Three scholarships of $300 each will be awarded for lessons with one of our local piano clinicians. Scholarships are provided by endowments to Schubert Club from the families of Marie Froehlich, Jane Matteson and David Paulus. Scholarship winners will be announced online after the workshop this year.


Prerequisite for participation:
 A minimum of 3 years or more of piano instruction and must be able to read music.

Registration Questions: Please consider all questions thoughtfully before answering them honestly in order to have the best experience possible. We will be grouping our students differently than previous years in order to optimize student learning, and our registration questions have changed based on extensive discussion with our jazz clinician experts!


For questions please contact Kate Cooper at Schubert Club, 651.292.3266 or kcooper@schubert.org.


Presented by Schubert Club and Minnesota Jazz Education.


Click here to register. Learn more about the clinicians!

2019 Improvisation Workshop

Saturday, November 9 10-2pm at Central High School. Lunch Provided. FREE

Minnesota Jazz Education (MJE) invites local high school-aged jazz combos to participate in an improv workshop. A variety of activities are planned, including improv clinic, combo intensives and a master class for each instrument. Clinicians include Lauren Husting, (trombone), Stephanie Wieseler (saxophone), Omar Abdulkarim, (trumpet), Tasha Baron (piano), Liz Draper (bass), Beth Varela (drums).

This workshops is for combos that meet the requirements (below); not for individual players. Space is limited to four combos. Combos and will be accepted via email confirmation on a first come, first served basis. 

Combo Eligibility:

  • All combo members must be in high school, and can attend the different schools  
  • All combos must have full instrumentation at workshop (minimum 3 pieces, preferably 4 or more, though not a big-band)
  • Combo can be new to playing with each other–OR–be already formed
  • Musicians may only play with one participating combo
  • Combos should bring one or two tunes they’d like to work on 

To secure a spot for your combo, please contact MJE Program Coordinator, Katia Cardenas at info@mnjazzed.org, with the names and instruments of all players in your combo. This program is made possible by a STAR Grant from the City of St. Paul.