Courses

The BGJI curriculum is composed of ensembles, workshops, private study, and interdisciplinary seminars, and is designed to build a community of creativity. A sampling:

The Danilo Perez Workshop. Hands-on music laboratory focusing on the historic and creative development of global jazz, from Africa to Europe and the Americas. Taught by Danilo Perez.

Global Jazz Ensembles. Performing groups that focus on innovative improvisation and compositions emphasizing global jazz influences, rhythms, and folklore.

Survey on Improvisation Styles. An in-depth historical analysis of the central improvisational streams in jazz and principal jazz innovators. Taught by Allan Chase.

Creative Improvisation Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Musical and liberal arts pedagogies fuse as students explore the artistic process and its connection to other mediums of expression, including the performing and visual arts.

Global Jazz Forum. A weekly seminar for all BGJI students. It will be a forum for special musical projects, BGJI artists-in-residence, faculty workshops, and special topic presentations from faculty in the Liberal Arts, Music Therapy, and Composition departments.

Directed Studies in Improvisation. One-on-one weekly lessons with special topics in improvisation techniques and harmonic considerations, taught by BGJI faculty and artists-in-residence.