So You Think You Can Jazz (An Introduction to Vocal Jazz) – Tuesdays starting 1.19 (Winter 2021)

From: $100.00 for 1 month

Course Description
This class will help open up your voice and be fluent in the musical language of improvisation. During these 8 weeks you will explore Jazz history, Jazz music theory, swing and bossa nova styles, learn the foundations of vocal improvisation (scatting), learn tunes from the great American songbook, and most importantly learn how to make a song your own. Each class you will have the opportunity to perform, learn a standard, and practice your improvisation skills. This class is great for vocalist looking to become more familiar with jazz or musical lovers who want to gain more knowledge about the vocal jazz idiom and have a richer listening experience.

Week by Week Syllabus:*
Week One: Overview of Vocal Jazz
Week Two: Swing, & phrasing
Week Three: Improvisation & Singing the Changes
Week Four: Transcriptions, Improvisation as a language, and vocalese
Week Five: Bossa Nova
Week Six: Ballads, modal tunes, and space (it’s the notes you don’t play!)
Week Seven: Modern and Contemporary Styles, moving past the course
Week Eight: Showcase/presentations

*subject to change

Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm
8-week series: January 19, 2021 – March 9
Instructor: Judette Elliston
TA: Crystal Rose Speros
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $200 (See below for Pay What You Can options)
Financial Assistance: Available via application (See below)
Capacity: 25 participants

This virtual class will take place via Zoom

Pay What You Can Options
Introducing Pay What You Can options! If the $200 tuition is not within your budget, please consider one of our Pay What You Can options ($150 and $100 for this course). We are also offering financial assistance for even lower tuition rates (see below). Our ability to offer this class with affordable options is contingent on those with the ability to pay full tuition choosing that option. If we do not have enough full priced tuition students, this may result in cancelling the class.

Pay It Forward
Help us continue to offer various subsidized tuition options, including Pay What You Can and Financial Assistance, by making a donation here >>.

Credit Transfers
If you have a tuition credit or any kind of crewpon code that you would like to transfer to another participant, please email with the crewpon code, the value (if known), and the name and email address of the person you would like to give your credit to. Once it has been transferred, they will be able to register into the class using their new credit.

If you do not have a specific participant who you would like to access your credit, but would like for the value to be added to our financial assistance program, please email We will happily convert your credit into a general credit that will allow us to provide additional financial assistance beyond the funds we have already set aside.

Financial Assistance
Apply for financial assistance for this program >> Applications are due January 8.

Refund Policy
AWT You(niversity) tuition is completely non-refundable for any reason whatsoever. Participants who withdraw from a program more than seven (7) days prior to their first class may transfer tuition toward a future program within one calendar year from the start of the initial program purchased. Participants who withdraw within seven (7) days from their first class are not eligible for a refund of any kind, will not be able to transfer tuition towards a future program, and are responsible for the full tuition amount regardless of how many monthly payments have incurred at the time of withdrawal.

Instructor Bio
Judette Elliston is a vocalist, composer, and teaching artist who uses music not only as a form of creative expression but a tool to foster community and connection. An active bandleader and side-woman, she has performed at venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, The Victoria Jazz Festival, Williamsburg Music Center, and Dodge 112. In addition to performing her compositions with her quartet, Judette leads a Haitian folk music project that blends traditional Haitian songs with contemporary jazz. Whether she’s teaching a room of twenty or a one on one lesson, Judette strives to create spaces of generosity and mentorship in her teaching practice. Judette holds a BFA with honors from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.


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Single payment – 200, Pay What You Can – 150, Pay What You Can – 100


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