Kamau is like being at the beach, just laying in the warm sand. He made me not afraid of music. When I first started at the academy I was terrible at soloing. I was slow and unsure. I was doing classical music at the time and the only jazz musician I cared about was Bill Evans. Without Bill Evans I wouldn’t have never even considered jazz. I always wanted to play what sounded like him. But since i was just starting jazz, i didn’t quite know what vibe i wanted to bring out to the air. I didn’t know what I wanted to hear. But under Kamau’s tutelage, I began to let my sound flow through without worrying.
Small ensemble jazz groups help kids explore their own talents while learning to collaborate with others and build their creative and leadership skills.
NOW ACCEPTING VIDEO AUDITIONS
The International Academy of Jazz teaches kids everything they need to know to play in an ensemble or jazz band. We take time to get to know the personalities, skills, and talents of your young musician, and encourage creativity, collaboration, and leadership as they perform within an ensemble. This prepares your child to be adaptable and versatile in their next steps with music and life, and we often find students enjoy being with us for several years at a time. Some even go on to earn music scholarships and make significant impacts with their enhanced jazz and instrument talents.
STEP 1: Setting Up A Call
Our first priority is facilitating a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved. In that endeavor, we’d like to set up a conversation with YOU to learn about your young musician, which instrument they play, if they’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, scholarship eligibility, and more.
Step 2: Register & Send in Your Video Audition
Once you’re comfortable with everything included in the program, you can register on our site and we’ll follow up with a calendar link so you can send in your video audition and schedule your a review. Classes are on Saturday mornings.
If you already know you’re ready…REGISTER HERE!
Step 3: Begin Classes
Once we’ve made evaluations based on age and skill level, we’ll place your young musician 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 through ZOOM meetings online.
We look forward to having you be a part of International Academy of Jazz San Diego!
Now thru July 18th our 2020-2021 is being offered at a 29% OFF discounted rate.
From July 19th – August 29th get 12% OFF
From Aug 30th – October 15th classes are offered at full price.
Summer: We will be offering online classes this summer from June 27th thru August 22.
Fall classes start on September 12th and run til December 19th
Holiday Concert will be on December 19th
Spring classes start on January 9th and run til May 15th
Spring Concert will be on May 15th
Want to try out our program?
Visit one of our online classes this summer and see what it’s all about.
Classes are every Saturday morning.
One free class is offered for students (10-18) or adults to see how you like it. Contact Guy Gonzales to learn more today! Guy.Gonzales@iajsd.org
Ensembles get to perform during the Holiday and Spring Concerts. Some of the more advanced groups may have opportunities to perform as an opening band or as part of an approved function.
IAJSD teachers are professional jazz musicians actively performing and some have Grammy award winning experience. Our students get to play 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.