The vocal jazz genre is an important building block of a well-rounded music program but is extremely challenging to many choral music instructors. This class will prepare you with listening and transcribing exercises, historical components, arranging methods, Real Book implementation into vocal curriculum, and available educational materials. Weekly aural skill training, arranging and writing for various experience and grade levels, and online Q&A sessions with vocal jazz educators Kim Nazarian from New York Voices, Randy Stine from Straight No Chaser, and Chicago-based vocalist, bassist and composer Katie Ernst will be included.

Instructor: Jim Yarbrough

Yarbrough,_Jim_headshot2013Jim Yarbrough graduated from Illinois State University (BME) and the University of Illinois (MME), Yarbrough had the opportunity of studying conducting with Lloyd Farlee, Harold Decker and Margaret Hillis.  Educational posts in Gilman (grades 1-12 vocal and general), Plainfield (grades 7-12 vocal), and Naperville (grades 9-12 vocal) gave opportunity to restudy and educate in many musical genre's.  Retired from public education in 2010, Jim has kept up a fun filled and educationally enriched last 3 years including Archival Research at Orchestra Hall/Chicago; volunteering with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Jazz Education Network; conducting in 5 music festivals this past year and rekindling his motorcycle passion.


VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288