479-575-6491 cms@uark.edu


Northwest Arkansas Youth Jazz Workshop

Now in its third 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 rehearsing and performing repertoire. No audition is required – all instrumental and vocal musicians are welcome to enroll via the link shown below. Participants receive 16 hours of instruction and rehearsal. plus exclusive access to online resources and materials.

Eligibility: Instrumental and vocal musicians grades 6-12
Dates: Mondays, February 4 – April 29, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm                                                
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 here and pay online. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards accepted.  

NOTE: Registration requires establishing an account. Please be sure the account contact is the parent or guardian, and the student is listed as a child on the adult’s account. This will help ensure that the appropriate information (age, school, instrument, etc.) is collected for each participant. If you are re-enrolling, please be sure your account matches these guidelines.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds are not available.
For More Information: About Registration: David Owens, Operations Coordinator – 479-575-4702 – 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.