Jazz Improvisation for Classical Pianists

NOTE: Eastman’s Student Living Center will be completely closed for renovations during Summer 2024; on-campus housing and dining will not be available. All participants will need to make their own arrangements for housing and meals.

INS 487
Jazz Improvisation for Classical Pianists
July 15-19, 2024 / Monday-Friday 9 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Rooms: ESM 443, ESM 404

Dariusz Terefenko

This institute is a great opportunity for classical pianists to learn how to perform with a jazz group, realize a jazz lead sheet, improvise on a blues/standard tune, or accompany a jazz singer. During the week, we will discuss the principles of jazz improvisation and immediately apply them to practice in a variety of live performance settings: jazz combos and jazz duos (accompanying singers/instrumentalists).

A typical day will have the following:

9-10:30 a.m.     Group Masterclass 
11 a.m.-12 p.m.     Jazz Improvisation
1-2 p.m.     Jazz Solo Piano
2:30-4 p.m.     Jazz Accompaniment
TBA     Individual lessons (each participant will receive 1 private lesson)

Evening Activities (7-9 p.m.):

Monday     Faculty Recital (Terefenko)
Tuesday     Jam Session
Wednesday     Jam Session
Thursday     Jam Session
Friday     Participant Showcase Performance

Participants will perform in a group concert at the end of the week with invited jazz musicians (solo, duos, trios).
This institute welcomes all intermediate and advanced pianists. No previous jazz experience is required.

This institute is designed for collegiate and postgraduate players age 18+. No audition is required; admission is by résumé review only. To apply, contact Dr. Terenfenko at dterenfenko@esm.rochester.edu; include your music résumé with your message (use this template if you need help putting a résumé together). Registration deadline: May 15, 2024.

Students wishing to take this course for 1 credit must email Dr. Sylvie Beaudette at: sbeaudette@esm.rochester.edu to register as independent study.

First activity: Sunday, July 14, 2024 – Faculty concert in Hatch Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
First class meeting: Monday, July 15, 2024 in ESM 320 at 9:00 a.m.
Participant Showcase (private event): Friday, July 19, 2024 in ESM 320 at 7:00 p.m.

Professional Development Hours: 30
$755 / noncredit

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Read our blog: Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Jazz Improvisation for Classical Pianists