Jon Arkin Online Class: Alan Dawson’s Rudimental Ritual

Wednesdays 7 – 8:30pm
7/7 – 8/11 (6 weeks)

One of the many enduring legacies of the late master drum teacher Alan Dawson, the Rudimental Ritual is an exceptionally well-crafted exercise that explores the rudiments (and variations) in various phrases and rhythmic contexts. This class will provide an overview of its different sections, demonstrations of specific patterns, discussion of technical challenges, and guidance towards the eventual goal of learning and memorizing the full Ritual.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive — Max Roach and Art Blakey

Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm
7/6 – 8/10 (6 weeks)

For this installment of our Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive Series, explore the music, style and techniques of Max Roach and Art Blakey, widely known for their innovative and influential contributions to bop drum language collaborating with Charlie Parker, The Jazz Messengers and countless others. Through listening, discussion and analysis, we’ll draw lessons from their music to be applied to our own development as players.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Workshop: Electro-Acoustic Concepts for the Improvising Musician

In the modern musical environment, software-based music is no longer confined by the bounds of pop, dance, and experimental genres—it is increasingly becoming a standard tool for all kinds of musicians who want to expand their sonic palette, and enhance (rather than replace) the possibilities of their acoustic instruments. In this workshop, Jon Arkin demonstrates & discusses electro-acoustic concepts for the improvising musician, including an introduction to Pure Data (an open source graphical programming language designed for musicians), and an overview of how to keep musical usability as the focus of one’s venture into the ever-expanding world of music technology. Open to all.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting! Save money by signing up for workshops in advance! The cost of the workshop goes up by $15 on the day of the event.

Jon Arkin Online Workshop: (Re)Learning How to Practice

The vast majority of music students of every level experience a sense of frustration with their progress, whether feeling their improvement plateau; feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to advance; or feeling guilty for not having more time/motivation to devote to practice. While some students find ways to channel this frustration to fuel their work ethic, many others will lapse in their practice or quit entirely. This workshop, open to all instruments and levels, will explore ways of reinforcing a healthy, effective mindset in one’s practice. In learning to recognize the most common emotional traps (complacency on one side, futility on the other) and understanding the importance of seeing the larger picture of your current level and the direction you’re headed, you can find the equilibrium that provides the freedom to work and play at music without the distractions of ego and ambition.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting! Save money by signing up for workshops in advance! The cost of the workshop goes up by $15 on the day of the event.

Jon Arkin Online Class: Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive — Roy Haynes and Tony Williams

Thursdays 7 – 8:30pm
4/8 – 6/3 (9 weeks)

For this installment of our Jazz Drum Style Deep Dive Series, explore the music, style and techniques of Roy Haynes and Tony Williams, widely known for their innovative and influential contributions to post-bop drum language collaborating with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and countless others. Through listening, discussion and analysis, we’ll draw lessons from their music to be applied to our own development as players.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Postmodern Jazz Drumming

Wednesdays 7 – 8:30pm
4/7 – 6/2 (9 weeks)

What is a “modern” jazz drummer? This term has constantly shifted throughout the various eras of jazz’s evolution, which inevitably leads to today’s “modern” drummers becoming the “classic” drummers of tomorrow. This cycle is a direct reflection of the nature of jazz as a revolutionary art form, which adds to the unbreakable connection between the music’s history and the cutting edge of innovation at every stage.

When studying the lineage of jazz’s most influential drummers over time, with the aforementioned perspective as context, one begins to discover a breakdown of dichotomies that have attempted to classify these drummers at any given moment: old versus new, in versus out, correct versus incorrect, superior versus inferior, hip versus stale, and countless other assumptions that can form a limited understanding of jazz’s aesthetic. Without these limitations to obscure our view, we can see the “postmodern” in drummers of every era, and find equal inspiration, from the early pioneers of the instrument’s language to those who are currently reinventing it.

This class will provide a broad study of jazz drummers (from the center to the fringes of jazz’s mainstream) through the study of audio and video examples, with discussion of many aspects of their approaches. While the focus will be on the larger musical perspective, technical considerations will inevitably become a component of the conversation, and offer inspiration for reinventing one’s own study and practice. Open to drummers of any level of experience.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Alan Dawson’s Rudimental Ritual

Thursdays 7:45 – 9:15pm
1/14 – 3/18 (10 weeks)

One of the many enduring legacies of the late master drum teacher Alan Dawson, the Rudimental Ritual is an exceptionally well-crafted exercise that explores the rudiments (and variations) in various phrases and rhythmic contexts. This class will provide an overview of its different sections, demonstrations of specific patterns, discussion of technical challenges, and guidance towards the eventual goal of learning and memorizing the full Ritual.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Advanced Rhythmic Studies

Thursdays 6 – 7:30pm
1/14 – 3/18 (10 weeks)

This rhythm study class for all instruments introduces a progression of new areas, including applied polyrhythms, polymeter, displacement, odd/compound time signatures, metric modulation, stacked/nested rhythms, and more. Musicians use these advanced tools to navigate rhythmically complex music and enhance their sense of rhythm, allowing for greater rhythmic freedom in all playing areas.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Polyrhythmic Coordination

Wednesdays 7:45 – 9:15pm
1/13 – 3/17 (10 weeks)

This class will include an overview of basic polyrhythmic concepts and explore many drum set applications, with written and listening examples. If you play the drum set, you’re already working with polyrhythms (whether you realize it or not!). The dedicated study of applied polyrhythms around the kit is a powerful way to develop independence, coordination, comfort, and rhythmic fluency.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Jon Arkin Online Class: Learn to Play the Drums

Wednesdays 6 – 7:30pm
1/13 – 3/17 (10 weeks)

This class covers the basics of drumming for beginner-level students and other instrumentalists/vocalists interested in gaining familiarity with the instrument. Topics of study include hand technique, rudiments and sticking patterns, foot pedal technique, coordination, simple drum set beats, and more.

To register, follow this link to the CJC’s website.

Please note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!