The International Academy of Jazz teaches adults everything they need to know to perform in an ensemble or jazz band. We take time to get to know who you are, evaluate your talents and skills, and then encourage creativity, collaboration, and leadership as you perform within your ensemble. This prepares you to be adaptable and versatile in your next steps with music and life, and we often find participants enjoy being with us for several years at a time. Some even go on to make significant impacts with their enhanced jazz and instrument talents.
3 Steps to Professional Jazz Training
Step 1: Setting Up a Call
Our first priority is facilitating a fulfilling experience for everyone involved. In that endeavor, we’d like to set up a conversation with YOU to learn about your experience, which instrument you play, if you’ve been taking individual classes, and other information.
This call also provides us with the opportunity to help you understand the full extent of what our program has to offer, plus details about fees, participant expectations, performance opportunities, and more.
We are currently offering online classes with our professional teachers and mentors. Classes are geared towards preparing you and your ensemble or band to do live performances, and we coach you on various ways to secure gigs throughout the year. BOOK YOUR CALL NOW
Step 2: Register & Send Us Your Video Audition
Excited to be a part of it all? You can register on our site and we’ll follow up with an email where you can submit your video audition and a calendar link so we can schedule a review of your audition. Classes are on Saturday mornings.
Already know you’re ready? REGISTER HERE!
Summer: We will be offering online classes this summer starting Jun 27 and running for 12 weeks.
Fall classes start on September 12th and run til December 19th
Spring classes start on January 9th and run til May 22nd
Step 3: Begin Classes
Once we’ve made evaluations based on age and skill level, we’ll place you in an ensemble and start classes! Classes are held on Saturday mornings, and each ensemble will have a time slot dedicated to learning, playing, collaborating, and engaging with our expert teachers.
We look forward to having you be a part of International Academy of Jazz San Diego!
Ensembles book performances when they are ready. Our teachers and professional have many connections throughout San Diego county and can guide your ensemble on various ways to promote and market your jazz band and successfully book gigs. As we grow our network will broaden and collaboratively we will support each other in building our skills and reputation in and around San Diego and beyond.
IAJSD teachers are professional jazz musicians actively performing and some have Grammy award winning experience. Our participants get to play jazz in an ensemble at their level and be mentored by experts. Students receive music theory, cord combinations and the experience of exploring and pushing their own talents as well as understanding how to collaborate with others in the group to make great music. We are proud to say we have Kamau Kenyatta on our team of experts and mentors!