479-575-6491 cms@uark.edu


Northwest Arkansas Jazz Workshops

 Why should kids have all the fun? We also offer three Adult Jazz Workshops for musicians of all levels! Professor Teal brings his “telling isn’t teaching” philosophy to this new opportunity for adults to learn jazz songs, style and improvisation by ear and from written notation. Students are coached both on their individual roles and roles within ensembles. Jazz transcription, composition, practice techniques, and basic audio recording are included in all levels.

  • Basic Adult Jazz Workshop is open to any adult with at least one year of study and technical experience on an instrument or voice, but limited experience with jazz. No audition is required – just enroll using the link shown below.
  • Intermediate Adult Jazz Workshop is for musicians who have completed the Basic Workshop or have some experience with jazz and improv but are still looking to improve. New students should consult with Professor Teal before signing up for the Intermediate Workshop. 
  • Advanced Adult Jazz Workshop is designed for experienced jazz musicians who want to play and perform with others of a similar background. Those interested in this workshop should submit a letter of interest that includes past experience with jazz to Professor Teal at uofacmsjazz@gmail.com.
Eligibility: All instrumental and vocal musicians, ages 18 and over (see above for additional eligibility information)
Dates: Tuesdays, February 5-April 30, 2018

Basic 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Intermediate 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Advanced 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: 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.

Fee: $165 per semester, per student
Registration: Register and pay online. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards accepted.

Basic Adult Jazz Workshop Registration

Intermediate Adult Jazz Workshop Registration 

Advanced Adult Jazz Workshop Registration

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds are not available.
For More Information: About Registration: David Owens, Operations Coordinator – 479-575-6491 – cms@uark.edu

About the Curriculum: Chris Teal, Instructor – uofacmsjazz@gmail.com


Chris Teal teaches drum set and popular music at the University of Arkansas and the Jazz Workshops for the U of A Community Music School. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Whitworth University, Teal is the co-Director of the Institute for Creative Music. Before relocating to Fayetteville, where he plays with the U of A Faculty Jazz Quintet, the Jake Hertzog Trio, the Matt Smith Group, and TheatreSquared, he was one of the most in-demand drummers in western New York, performing with the IfCM Collective, Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Mighty High and Dry, John Nyerges Trio, and Silver Arrow Band. Chris has released three albums with his 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 Bjork.)

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 composition through the Institute for Creative Music. The IfCM recently launched “Creative Jazz Fundamentals,” an online 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 spoken at the 2017 NYU Impact Conference and 2015 TEDxFlourCity conference.