Northwest Arkansas Youth Jazz Workshops

Now in its fourth year, the Northwest Arkansas Youth Jazz Workshop is an all-youth ensemble that invites students to learn jazz styles, improvisational skills, ear training, and theory through with a focus on playing by ear. Students learn the songs from the “Creative Jazz Fundamentals” interactive video curriculum designed by Teal and the teaching artists at the Institute for Creative Music. Jazz transcription, practice techniques, theory, jamming, composition, and basic audio recording are included. Participants receive 16 hours of instruction and rehearsal plus exclusive access to online resources and materials. As this group is inclusive of a wide range of ages and skill levels, there are regular level-specific sectionals in order to provide material for beginning and more advanced musicians. No audition is required – all instrumental and vocal musicians with a functional knowledge of their instrument (the ability to play all chromatic pitches over the range of at least one octave) are welcome to enroll via the link shown below.


Instrumental and vocal musicians ages 11 and up


Mondays, Sept 9 – Dec 9


6:30 – 8:00 pm


Room 201 of U of A Suzuki School Building (859 W Clinton Drive)

Click here for map and directions. Free parking is available at the school and at the nearby FHS athletic facility lot.


$165 covers registration for Tuesday evening rehearsals, optional Saturday morning jam sessions, and access to all course materials.

Event Registration

Register here and pay online. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards accepted.

Saturday Jam Registration

Register here and pay online. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards accepted.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Refunds are not available for this program.

Meet the Instructor

Chris Teal

University of Arkansas Music Adjunct Lecturer


A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (MM ’09) and Whitworth University (BA ‘05), drummer CHRIS TEAL is the co-Director of the Institute for Creative Music and a recent transplant to Fayetteville, Arkansas from Rochester, New York. As one of the most in-demand drummers in the upstate, NY, Chris performed with the IfCM Collective, Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Mighty High and Dry, John Nyerges Trio, and Silver Arrow Band. Chris released his first self-titled album as the Chris Teal Trio, “Analog Dreams” in 2019, three albums with the band Quintopus on ears&eyes Records (Voyage to Ornoc, April Showers, and Prehistoric Beach), and three albums with the Institute for Creative Music Collective on Outside in Music Records (“Volume 1”, “A Tribute to Prince,” and “A Tribute to Björk.”)  Chris currently performs in Northwest Arkansas as a member of the Jake Hertzog Trio, the Matt Smith Group, and the Chris Teal Trio.

In addition to his active career as a performer, Teal strives to build new opportunities for students to experience the arts by teaching improvisation, aural learning, and student leadership through the Institute for Creative Music.  The IfCM also runs “Creative Jazz Fundamentals,” an on-line school for learning jazz.

Along with other Teaching Artists from the Institute for Creative Music, Teal has presented workshops and performances at schools throughout the United States, and has presented workshops at the 2017 NYU Impact Conference and 2015 TEDxFlourCity conference. Raised in Spokane, WA, Chris teaches drum set at the Arkansas Arts Academy, as well as drum set, popular music, and jazz combo at the University of Arkansas and the Jazz Workshops for the U of A Community Music School in Fayetteville.

For More Information About Registration      David Owens, Operations Coordinator – 479-575-4702 –

For More Information About Curriculum      Chris Teal  –

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