Thank you for your interest in Stockton Helbing's small group program, the "Helbing Jazz Initiative - Small Group Program". 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 HJI - Small Group Program 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.”