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Youth Jazz Drumming Workshop

Spring 2021

Sundays 2:00-3:15pm ET, 8-week session Feb 14 – Apr 4
Online Class

In this 8-week workshop, students will learn about the rhythmic development of American jazz. Each week will be focused on jazz drumming styles and techniques and discovering ways to apply these techniques to the student’s individual playing.

Pre-requisites for this workshop:

  • Students 13-17 years old
  • Drum set
  • At least 2 years of experience playing drum set
  • Ability to read basic rhythmic notation
  • Students are not expected to have prior experience with jazz.

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

Colin Ray has been surrounded by music his whole life, from choirs and musicals to guitar and even violin lessons. Since his first private drum lesson 20 years ago at age 11, he has studied everything from jazz, marching, and orchestral percussion to funk, pop, rock, Latin, and R&B, among other styles/genres. Eventually, he went on to earn his Bachelors’ degree in Music from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he studied privately with composer and percussion guru Rick Dior. He has been teaching adults and kids consistently for the last five years.  Colin is a freelance performer in the Charlotte and surrounding area and a member of several local bands that perform both original material and covers. As a teacher, he is a firm believer in building a strong foundation through hand technique, reading, and exploring multiple genres in an effort to develop well-rounded musicians.

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

JazzArts Spring Online Workshops: Information Session

Sunday Jan 24 1;30PM via Zoom.
Interested but want to know more? This is your opportunity to meet some of the instructors, share your specific interests, learn how the class will handle the virtual setting, discuss expectations, and get any other questions answered.  Register on Zoom here.

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:  Colin Ray

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