At the conclusion of each week’s rehearsal, VJC participants are strongly encouraged to stay for an additional instructional period, called “the Hang”. In that setting, group instruction will be offered for 50-60 minutes on a rotating series of topics. Subjects will include improvisation, theory, and jazz history, with additional topics to be explored based on the needs of program participants.
Guest clinicians sometimes attend these sessions to work with students on specific areas of interest. Similarly, guest artists are occasionally invited to the Hang to perform impromptu jazz concerts and field questions from students about the performances. And it is vitally important that the Hang also be a time for the group to build a stronger sense of community, sharing experiences in and out of music with
Please note the Hang is open to any music student interested in jazz (grades 8-12, including home-schooled students). Non-VJC ensemble participants must register in advance for every Hang they plan to attend. They also must submit a signed and completed VJC consent/release form at the first Hang they attend each school year. (One completed form is sufficient for the entire academic year.)
Registration ensures sufficient handouts are available each week to those in attendance. It also provides the instructor an opportunity to contact students about changes or cancellations in the Hang schedule (as for term breaks or conflicts with major in-state jazz festivals).
Please note the online registration deadline for each Hang is 12:00 noon on the day before the session.