Students will develop creative musical expression by learning to read chord symbols and jazz charts, and by building ear training, ensemble and rhythmic skills. The ensembles will explore jazz as an art form in a small group setting, with a focus on individual improvisation based on scales and harmonic centers. Students will experience the rich legacy of jazz styles from Blues and standards to Bebop, contemporary, Latin and original compositions. In addition to playing on student recitals at JOMP, jazz ensembles are offered opportunities to perform in the community at festivals, non-profit fundraisers and annual meetings, as they are ready.
Ensemble days and times will be arranged to enable the formation of compatible groups. Please indicate your availability on the registration form. We will call you to discuss which group is best for you. All students must be taking private lessons. Students not taking private lessons at JOMP are welcome! Please call 508-856-9541 to arrange for a placement audition.
Joy of Music jazz ensembles play for annual meetings at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Cultural Coalition, Worcester County Food Bank and The Bridges’ Safe Homes Program (supporting LGBTQ young people).
They also perform in the community at many nonprofit fundraisers, celebrations and festivals, including stART on the Street, New Years Eve, Abby’s House Springtacular, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Santuary and Conservancy Center, Mechanics Hall, WICN Jazz+ Radio, Children’s Friend Big Dipper Ice Cream Festival, Taste of Shrewsbury Street, Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living and Worcester Senior Center,