Helbing Jazz Institute

Thank you for your interest in Stockton Helbing's small group program, the "Helbing Jazz Institute".  Our approach to Jazz education in a small ensemble setting is the same approach that people have come to enjoy during HJI clinics: spreading the joys of Jazz music.

The primary focus of every small group rehearsal will be joy. Enjoying playing music with other people, enjoying learning clear and concise strategies for success in improvising, and learning about the history of Jazz music in order to unlock each person’s musical future.

The Helbing Jazz Institute is geared towards ages 13 to adult. Participants will be placed in groups of similar experience levels to ensure a comfortable learning and playing environment for all. Participants may also register with fellow musicians they already play with or with entire groups if desired.

As legendary Jazz pianist John Lewis said, “The reward for playing Jazz is playing Jazz.”

The HJI - Institute will include:

  • Two 90-minute rehearsals per month directed by a professional Jazz musician hand-picked by HJI Artistic director and creator Stockton Helbing.
  • Custom arrangements created specifically for each small group.
  • Supplemental improv worksheets for each instrument created by innovative Jazz educator David Lown.
  • Rhythm Section supplemental worksheets for each song created by pianist Josh Hanlon, bassist James Driscoll, and drummer Stockton Helbing.
  • A final concert where each group gets the opportunity to publicly perform music that they have been studying and rehearsing together.
  • Free use of Williamson Music 1st rehearsal spaces.
  • Recording & Live Streaming of performances.
  • Free video reference library for supplemental study.

The spring 2018 Schedule:

You will sign up for one of these 2 Rehearsal locations

  • Plano Location: 701 E. Plano Parkway #100, Plano, TX 75074
    • Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Saturday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Southlake Location: 2100 Greenwood Drive #100, Southlake, TX 76092
    • Sunday, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Sunday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Frisco Location: 9255 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75033
    • TBA
  • Denton Location: 201 S Locust St, Denton, TX 76201
    • Tuesday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    • Tuesday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Plano Spring schedule is:

  • Saturday, January 6, 2018
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Southlake Spring schedule is:

  • Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Frisco Spring schedule is:

  • TBA

The Denton Spring schedule is:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The cost for a full semester: $400


 

The Spring Semester concert will be:
Sunday, March 25 - 2018, 5pm - Kitchen Cafe
17370 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252