Summer Music

2020 online

Possible Burlingame Space Classes if Opening Permitted
If it becomes possible to meet safely in person, we may allow a certain number of students into the BSpace to participate in class in person. The video chats will happen regardless. Some in the classroom, some at home on videochat.
Improv Boot Camp
June 30 - August 27
Improv Bootcamp Online allows students to tune-in 1-3 days per week. Participation has options! There will be 7 short video chat classes per week, the student can participate in 0-7 sessions each week. Choosing their own adventure, picking the topics they want, pushing themselves at any pace. Drummers may participate on mallets or keyboard/piano. Otherwise, they should sign up for 'summer drummer'.

Tuesdays
4-4:30pm Keys & Vocab with Michelle
4:45-5:15pm Melodies (by rote) with Michelle
5:30-6pm Chord Progressions & Theory with Michelle

Wednesdays
1-1:30pm Keys & Vocab with Ben
1:45-2:15pm Melodies with Ben
2:30-3pm Chord Progressions & Theory with Ben

Thursdays
2-2:45pm Music topics with Michelle (Listening, Groove Studies & Basic Jazz Piano-for all Jazz musicians)

Instruments: Any      Ages: All
Ability level: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: Experience is key to becoming a good improviser. It takes hundreds of choruses to truly feel confident. That confidence leads to openly creating on the spot, using planned vocabulary successfully & feeling free enough to have reactive conversations with other band members. Improv bootcamp will guide students through these experiences.
The class is usually divided into two levels. For the online version, there may be a mix of levels in any class. Video chat will allow students to move at their own paces. The advanced students may plow through all 12 keys of an exercise, while a younger student may only get to a couple of keys for example.

Cost: $175-500 for series (this is a sliding scale due to Covid. Pay what you can to help support the BSpace)

Advanced Improv with the Medlers
THURSDAYS       JULY 2 - AUGUST 27

Thursdays
2-2:45pm Music topics with Michelle (Listening, Groove Studies & Basic Jazz Piano-for all Jazz musicians)
7-8pm Improv topics with Ben
Anytime: Weekly podcasts on Advanced Improv with Michelle

Instruments: Any      Ages: 16 - Adult
Ability level: Advanced/Professional
Description: A deep study of solo techniques & mapping, including re-harmonization, various solo styles/story-lines & vocabulary. Modal playing, sequencing, coltrane changes & more! A class for advanced improvisors with a strong knowledge of theory that will expand their vocabulary & teach reactive conversational skills between band members. Improvisors with experience gigging or regularly attending Jam Sessions are a good fit for this class. Drummers may participate on mallets or keyboard/piano. Otherwise, they should sign up for 'summer drummer'.

Cost: $175-500 for series (this is a sliding scale due to Covid. Pay what you can to help support the BSpace)
Trombone Workout with T8
Online 8 Podcast Series
Ages: All       Ability level: Intermediate/Advanced/Professional
(3+ years experience on the trombone)     Instruments: Trombone or Bass Trombone
Description: A MUST for ALL TROMBONISTS! Virtually join a trombone band! This is a challenge packed series of 8 trombone ensemble lessons with Trombone 8, directed by composer/arranger Ben Medler. Students will play with interactive recordings from the T8 recording “Hairpins & Triggers,” while working on skills such as section playing, bebop style, bass trombone, improvisation, tone building, tuning and playing with a successful groove! This podcast style masterclass allows the student to pause, practice and perform at their own pace. Enjoy the harmonies of 8 trombonists with piano, bass and drums!
Cost: Sliding scale $125-250
Summer Drummer
FRIDAYS       JULY 3 - AUGUST 28

Fridays
11:30am-12:30pm Drummer tech with Ben 

Instruments: Drumset      Ages: Any (2 years experience)
Ability level: Intermediate/Advanced
Summer Drummer is a 9 week course for middle/high school drummers (with at least 2 years experience). Multi-instrumentalist, Ben Medler, will guide students through popular drumset grooves, independence exercises, rhythmic challenges and solo fills. Students will also learn the ingredients for Jazz drumming such as comping, tension maps and ride feels. Classes will be broadcast from the BSpace.

Cost: $400 for series
Summer Bassist
THURSDAYS       JULY 2 - AUGUST 27

Thursdays
1-2pm Bass tech with Ben

Instruments: Acoustic Bass    Ages: Any
Ability level: Intermediate/Advanced/Professional
Description: Summer bassist is a 9 week course for acoustic bassists looking to improve their Jazz skills. Multi-instrumentalist, Ben Medler, will guide students through successful walking bass lines, proper hand technique, chord interpretation, resonating with a big tone and soloing. Students will also learn how to compose bass lines through a tune by using tension maps and register challenges. Class participants should have 2 years experience.

Cost: $400 for series
SUMMER RECORDING TECH
ONLINE - 8 PODCAST SERIES

Instruments: Any    Ages: All
Ability level: No previous experience is required
Description: A MUST for musicians interested in recording themselves and/or composing! This recording technology filled podcast series is directed by composer/producer, Ben Medler. Students will learn the inner workings of the studio business, it’s history of legendary producers and the techniques that turn live music into great sounding tracks. Classes will give details about setting up home studios, selecting equipment and sound treating recording rooms. Advanced concepts such as compression, reverb, equalization and track editing will also be covered.

Cost: Sliding scale $125-250
Private Lessons
All Ages / All Levels
Lessons available for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Drums/percussion, Piano, Guitar, Bass (electric & upright) and Voice. Scheduling & cost is set with the instructor.
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