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Private lessons are available for students of any experience background, from complete beginners through advanced levels of study in all disciplines for jazz.

Jazz Ensemble is designed to give students training in the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and stylistic concepts of jazz. Ellington, Gershwin, Porter, Basie, Parker, Monk, Davis, Coltrane, Blakey, and many other jazz, blues, swing, and bop selections form the repertoire. All instruments are welcome. Enrollment limits are based on instrumentation distribution. Knowledge of the major scales and technical proficiency are required.

Jazz Faculty

Blake Meister

Blake Meister has performed and recorded with a diverse group of renowned musicians, including Gary Thomas, Larry Willis, Katharine McPhee, and many more.

Ian Sims

Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and educator Ian Sims performs extensively throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metro area and along the East Coast, playing in a diverse range of styles.

Steve Yankee

Steve Yankee is a native of Durand, Michigan and has played guitar and been a student of music since he was nine years old. His college education was with Charles Postlewate, and Joe Fava at Wayne State University.