Jazz Studies

  • Beginning Improvisation with Mr. Dennis Mayberry (Ages 12 and up)

Wednesdays at 5pm

This class will explore the basic mechanics of improvising. We will explore the most often used keys used for improvisation and various forms of those keys. A basic understanding and willingness to compose music on the spot is a must. Ear training exercises will help you identify forms and your reaction to those forms. We will explore various scales and modes that can be used to be a successful solo artist. Students in this class will participate in the recital at the end of the session. Register Here!

Students must be proficient on their instrument with at least one full year of experience.

Required materials: * instrument and *maintenance accessories, pencil, notebook and folder

*Items may be ordered/found at Marler’s Music Store



  • Advanced Guitar with emphasis in Jazz with Mr. Chris Howard (Ages 14 and up)

Mondays at 6pm

Overview: This course is designed as either a follow up to the Beginning Guitar course or for the more experienced player who needs to enhance their technique and overall playing ability. The pace of the course is quick but not overbearing. Register Here!

Some of the material covered will be:

  1. Notes Beyond the open position of the guitar.

  2. Chords beyond the open position of the guitar.

  3. Major and Minor Scale studies for the entire guitar.

  4. Improvisational Techniques.

  5. Playing and communicating musically within a group setting.

This class requires rudimentary knowledge of the fretboard, treble clef beginning note reading ability and basic chord knowledge. Students must have at least 1 year experience on the guitar to be in this course. The maximum enrollment for this class is 15 students.

Materials needed: guitar (acoustic or electric), pencil and small 3 ring binder. No amps are needed.



  • Reading All Chord Symbols with Dr. Kevin White (Ages 16 and up)

Wednesdays at 6pm

Students will learn how to construct every conceivable modern chord symbol and how to apply each from any starting point. All major key signatures will be taught as part of this method. The course will also offer instruction on which notes of the chord can be deleted and still achieve the color of the chord for piano, guitar, and vibraphone voicings. Students will be instructed on how to create their own accompaniments. Beginners are welcome! Students in this class will participate in the recital at the end of the session. Register Here!