Humber College Sept 2013-April 2014

Wow, time sure flies – in case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the last few months…well, I actually went back to school – Humber College, as a matter of fact. I have been playing with a number of big bands and concert bands over the years and wanted to get to that *next level* of playing & improv. I’ve always wanted to go to Humber and thought, well it’s now or never – after auditioning and actually being accepted, I began my new life as a student in the one year Jazz Performance Program.  I was so moved as I walked up to the school on Tues Sept 3rd, finally, finally, I was going to go to attend music school.  I bravely opened the door and breathed in the newest of the place where I would live and learn for the next 8 months.  I retired from my almost 35 year accounting gig to pursue my life long dream of attending Humber. Well, nothing could have prepared me for what was to come – you want me to do what by when?????  For example, in Song Materials class the expectation was to memorize a tune a week – naaaahhh, they can’t be serious – I’ve never memorized anything in my life…well, they were serious and yes, I actually did do it – we had to perform the weekly jazz tune, in front of the entire class, with rhythm section and we were marked on our performance!! Each and every week. OMG – REALLY!!!  I can’t believe I was actually able to do this, and sometimes even do it well!!  Keep in mind that this is just ONE CLASS, I also had Jazz Theory, Ear Training, Listening & Analysis, Ensemble, Improv, Keyboard, private lessons, Comm & Humanities courses to round out the year. Jazz bootcamp 101. Testing was constant and spent a ton of time in the “mod’s”. I was breaking new ground on most of the *jazz* courses – a lot of learning, challengeing on many levels but in the end most gratifying. I learned a lot of scales, chords, tunes, patterns, theory, how to hear intervals/chords/rhythms, play the piano, perform in a small group, transcribe a tune, and most of all….how to hear JAZZ! The young people were great and I enjoyed their enthusiam and dedication to the program. The professors and teachers are the real deal – they really know their stuff and most are great players themselves. Humber was a great experience and I plan to keep persuing my interest in jazz…and as I learned…this course is just the beginning of my jazz journey!!