It’s not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.Herbie Hancock
More Information For Perspective Students
1. I see that none of the instructors at NY Ensemble Classes plays my instrument. Is this a problem?
No! Ensemble Classes are different from instrument lessons. Our job is to address aspects of music performance that have more to do with what and how you play rather than technique strictly related to your instrument. Obviously we will discuss matters related to your instrument, but it will be from a different angle than you experienced in your private lessons.
2. How much do ensemble classes cost? How long is one lesson?
Our lessons are 2 hours long (including set up and clearing out times) and they are priced at $60 each. We ask our students to commit to four lessons per billing cycle. Contrarily to most schools in New York City we don’t charge a registration fee and we have a very straight forward procedure for new students who wish to discontinue. For more information about our policies please contact us.
3. How long should I take these classes?
We strongly encourage continuous participation in our classes. We work on building a repertoire and a group sound. Stability with the ensemble members allows the experience to be more productive for all the students involved. We therefore ask our students to commit to blocks of four classes at a time.
4. How often do you hold your classes?
Classes are held weekly.
5. Will there be a recital?
While we don’t currently schedule them, we think that organizing periodical recitals is a great idea. A scheduled public performance sets a goal and a time frame for students to do their very best.
6. Is there a placement audition?
No. Our contact system and enrollment process gives us a fairly accurate idea of what is the student’s background. Adjustments will be made as we proceed with the classes. Qualified students may be moved up to higher level ensembles.
7. I want to apply to Jazz Ensembles. What tunes are we going to play?
We will play standards and less known tunes, approaching them all in different ways and analyzing their structure from different angles.
8. Are the instructors at NY Ensemble Classes available for private lessons?
Yes, all of us have private students and give one on one lessons separately from NY Ensemble Classes. If, at some point you wish to study individually with one of us in addition to the Ensemble Classes, all you have to do is ask.
9. I don’t feel confident that I can be handed a lead sheet and play the music right away. Does that mean that I am not ready to take the jazz ensembles?
Not necessarily. If you can read music and know how to play chords, you should be fine. Needing time to go through the parts as one learns a tune is part of the process. Some students are better readers than others, but the only way to improve is by trying and putting yourself in the position of having to do it. In fact, part of the instruction we provide involves teaching how to read a lead sheet and determine the best approach to it.
10. Why will there be two instructors teaching every Ensemble Class?
Usually ensemble lessons are taught by one instructor. At NY Ensemble Classes we believe that two instructors can provide a much better teaching experience. Each of us has a particular area of expertise, musical taste and perspective on music. We are also influenced by the instrument we play. Pairing ourselves in different combinations makes sure that all students get the amount of attention and insight they deserve, every lesson.
11. I can’t wait to get started, or I just have some more questions, how can I reach you?
Please use our Contact Form and do your best to provide accurate answers. We will get back to you as soon as possible!