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April 02 - June 18, 2024

Online Big Band Styles and Techniques - Spring Term

Music Center of the Northwest • 901 North 96th Street SeattleWA  98103 Organized by Music Center of the Northwest
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We're sorry, but this class is over. The last meeting was Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm • April 2nd - June 18th
(no class April 9th)
Tuition: $199

This course is an exploration of big band music. In class we will listen to and play along with some of the great bands from years ago in addition to our current time. The class will study the recordings and written music of bands such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer, Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and many others.
The class will meet online through Zoom. Ideally, but not required, each student should have a computer interface such as a Focusrite Scarlett Solo, a microphone and headphones. Using an interface, microphone and quality headphones will give the student the feeling of being “in the mix” of the studio recording, really hear the band and feel as if one is actually playing in the band. The instructor will supply PDF’s of sheet music for study and practice.
The benefits of this type of study are:
  • Enjoying the styles of swing, jazz rock or Latin big band music/
  • Developing swing, rock and Latin timing and phrasing.
  • Developing good intonation.
  • Learning through listening and practice many stylistic devices such as falls, scoops, laying back, doits and other types articulations and infections.
  • Learn practice techniques to become better improvisors.
  • Developing a personal sound concept by absorbing the wonderful tone of the masters.
  • Improving one’s music sight reading.
  • Joyfully developing a deep appreciation for the genre.
  • Staying informed of current performances by local professional big bands. (Concert attendance is highly recommended.)


Online Class


Nathaniel Schleimer


April 02 - June 18, 2024

8:00 PM to 9:30 PM


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Ages 16-255 · Co-Ed


Music Center of the Northwest

901 North 96th Street SeattleWA  98103

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