NEW: “Intro to Jazz” – Instrumental Music Camp

A new program for school-age musicians!

Beckett School @ Laurier, Waterloo

July 17-21, 2017

This new program is open to all school-age musicians, who are interested in expanding their musical knowledge within the jazz genre. “Intro to Jazz” will give you the musical tools to become the next best soloist in your high school jazz band, or simply help you on your way to understanding different styles of jazz music. This camp will focus on developing improvisational skills, that are to be used in any small group, combo, or big band setting. All campers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills on the last day of camp during our final concert.

Prerequisites: All registrants are required to be familiar with their Bb, Eb, and F Concert scales. Bass players and guitarists will be required to understand standard music notation and basic chord changes. Drummers should be able to perform basic Swing and Latin styles.
***Please bring your own instrument and music stand***
Please join Steve James (drummer and music teacher with the HWDSB), and Lauren Helmer (trombonist and teacher with the WRDSB), for this exciting week of Jazz music!

One week camp, July 17-21, 9 am – 3 pm

Click here for Summer Registration Form.

Ages 12 – 18.

17 July 2017 – 9:00am to 21 July 2017 – 3:00pm

$260 ($240 if you register before June 1, 2017) includes all materials.

Beckett School at Laurier, main branch

190 Lester Street, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

Phone: 519 578-3640


Jazz Night! at The Jazz Room

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 and 8:30pm

Come out and support Jazz in the Schools at our spring showcase, featuring singers and instrumentalists from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute.

**We sincerely thank Grand River Jazz Society for their generous support of this event!**


***** We gratefully acknowledge the City of Waterloo for their financial support of this project!*****

Year 2 is coming soon to The Beckett School at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo!

WHEN: Monday July 17- Friday July 21, 2017, 9am-3pm

WHAT: A 5-day “day camp”/program for adults to learn about jazz performance and     showcase their results on the 5th day!

  • Perform on the afternoon of July 21, 2017, and then head over to the performances at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival!
  • Singers: learn to sing the jazz standards and vocal jazz technique!
  • Instrumentalists: explore playing in jazz style, soloing, and play for the singers!
  • Learn from local “jazzers” Mary-Catherine Pazzano (jazz singer), Tim Louis (jazz singer/pianist), accompanist Don Buchanan, and others!

WHERE: The Beckett School @ Wilfrid Laurier University: 190 Lester St, Waterloo

WHO: Singers and instrumentalists who are interested in learning about jazz performance in a group setting.

  • Singers: No prior musical experience required.
  • Instrumentalists: Facility on your instrument required.
  • Are you a choral singer curious about the world of jazz?
  • Are you a classically trained singer or instrumentalist wanting to cross over into jazz territory?
  • Are you someone who has never sung, but has loved listening to jazz?
  • If your answer is yes to any of these questions, Jazz for Adults is for you!

WHY: Because it’s never too late to try something new!

HOW: Keep in the loop with instructor Mary-Catherine Pazzano, by sending her your email address: mc@marycatherinepazzano.com. She will send you a registration form.

  • Questions? Email Mary-Catherine or call: 519-577-5192.


A Journey of Self-Discovery

JITS group picture

Jazz in the Schools participants at The Jazz Room, Waterloo: Dec. 5, 2014


Kitchener-Waterloo jazz vocalist Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano and bass player Mike Grace are teaming up to bring jazz education into local high schools! As professional musicians and certified teachers with over 40 years of combined education experience (Mike alone has 36 years of experience teaching university and a hugely successful high school jazz program at Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan), Mary-Catherine and Mike know the importance of receiving meaningful music instruction.

Firm believers in quality public music education that will enhance students’ music classroom experiences, Mary-Catherine and Mike have created an educational platform where students in Grades 9-12 will receive weekly jazz education workshops in their own high school. All students are welcome, from very beginner to advanced! Students will be grouped into student combos, complete with a rhythm section and singer(s). These student combos will receive hands-on masterclasses from Mary-Catherine and Mike, tailored to their individual experience and musical background. In the process, students will learn about musical interpretation, performance practice, jazz technique, how to tailor a performance to a jazz style, and improvisation. Most importantly, however, they will be embarking on a journey of self-discovery and creative expression, as they learn from professional musicians, but also learning about others and themselves. In addition to concert and performance opportunities in their own school, there will also be opportunities for public performance at Mary-Catherine and Mike’s local gigs.

A major focus of Jazz in the Schools is on the collaborative nature of jazz as an art form, and how playing jazz together mirrors the possibilities of interacting positively, equally, and beneficially with others, whether it be in students’ daily school routine, fostering healthy and lasting friendships, or looking ahead to the workplace after graduation.

Ultimately, the goal of the Jazz in the Schools program is to get students thinking about how their individual contribution figures into the big picture of a jazz performance. This discovery will also serve to allow each student looking at the world around them, how they view their individual self, and how the possibilities of knowing and discovering their identity can allow them to develop a sense of what they can give to the world!

Use the contact form below to obtain more information on getting Mary-Catherine and Mike in your school!

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