Jazz Studies Division
The Jazz Studies Division at the Portland Conservatory of Music is led by saxophonist/composer Titus Abbott, and is an innovative jazz program centered around students gaining improvisational skills and a solid understanding of contemporary and classic jazz. We are excited to start offering ensemble classes for jazz instrumentalists aged between 12 and 19. Along with the ensemble classes we will also be providing jazz harmony, jazz history and plan to expand to ear training and college audition prep in the near future. The Jazz Studies program will be a companion to our successful Karger College Prep division for classical music students which is now entering its fourth year.
Titus Abbott’s background is as a jazz saxophonist performing both as leader and sideman in the US, Canada and Europe. His primary instruments are saxophones and clarinets but he has training on piano, bass and drums. He has been teaching privately for over 20 years and is dedicated to introducing young musicians to the art of improvisation. The Jazz Studies program will feature a combination of PCM faculty and visiting artist master classes.
Local jazz band and jazz combo students are encouraged to apply to this program. It is an excellent way for them to develop their jazz improvisation and theory skills that will enhance their High School ensemble performance and prepare them for college auditions.
Jazz Studies Division Programs – Summer 2017:
Jazz Ensemble Weeklong Workshops (2 independent sessions)
Jul 31-Aug 4, Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm
Aug 7-Aug 11 Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm
Students will learn jazz standards and contemporary jazz tunes with an emphasis on analyzing and developing their skills as improvisers. This is a unique Portland- based opportunity for students of jazz to gain valuable collaborative experience with expert coaching from professional musicians who work in a contemporary vernacular of improvisation and spontaneous composition, yet have a deep knowledge of jazz history and forms. This camp may also be an ideal opportunity for Maine Jazz Camp students, alums and others to form strong local relationships on their way to developing their jazz and improv skills. Each week ends with an evening concert open to family and the public.
Titus Abbott (dir. Of the PCM Jazz Studies division) saxophonist and composer will lead the workshop. Groups of 6 or larger class will be co led with local jazz musician TBD and college music student counselor.
Open to ages 12 – 18 with at least 2 years experience on their instrument.