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Jazz Drumming Workshop

Spring 2021

Mondays 6:30-8:00pm ET, 6-week session Feb 8 – Mar 15
Online Class

“The Evolution of Jazz Drumming Through the Music of Miles Davis” is a 6-week course that dives deep into the drumming of Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams and many other drummers who played in Miles’ ensembles from the 1950’s to 1980’s.

Miles Davis was a pioneer with his music. In each season of his new musical direction, Miles hand picked the musicians in his ensembles. As Miles’ music progressed and evolved, so did the drummers and their approach to the drums.

Through listening, analyzing and applicable exercises this course will enable each student to understand and integrate the various styles of each of Miles’ legendary drummers into their own playing.

Pre-requisites for this workshop

  • Drum set
  • Adults 18 years and older
  • 2 years or more playing experience on the drum set
  • Ability to read basic rhythm notation
  • General knowledge of jazz and jazz artists

Technical requirements

  • Access to reliable wireless internet or ethernet connection
  • Reliable device for a webinar on; this could be a webcam, laptop with webcam, smartphone with camera, iPad, Tablet, etc
  • Headphones
  • A working email address
  • Pencil and paper (for notes); you can also use your device

Instructor Bio:

Alfred Sergel IV, drummer, composer, and educator, has shared the stage with Grammy award winning artists and performs regularly in the Carolinas region. Sergel’s latest release “Sleepless Journey”, a 6-track album, was the #1 most added album on the NACC jazz charts. The energy and excitement Sergel has brought to audiences worldwide he also brings to his classroom. When not performing, Sergel is adjunct faculty at The Kings University in Dallas, Davidson College in Davidson, NC and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.

Registration & Tuition

Registration is open now through January 22.  Space is limited.

$250 for the full session (includes $15 non-refundable registration fee)

Financial Aid is available for up to 90% off the tuition. Click here for Financial Aid Application. Please call 704-334-3900 to register if you are applying for financial aid, as you will not be able to complete registration online.

Payment options are available. Please call our office at 704-334-3900 if you need to inquire, as you will not be able to complete registration online.

Payment and Refund Policy

Tuition is due at the time of registration. Full payment may be made by credit/debit card, check, or money order.  A full refund will be granted up to one week before the first program day – minus a $15.00 registration fee.

Questions? Call the JazzArts Academy at 704-334-3900 or email at

Special Thanks to our program sponsors

Thanks to Arts and Science Council, North Carolina Arts Council, Charlotte Woman’s Club, and Akers Foundation.

Arts & Science Council
charlotte womens club
Akers Foundation Logo

Instructor:  Alfred Sergel IV

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