Jazz Studies

Private Lessons

CMS offers private lessons for all instruments and voice. For students interested in learning about jazz, lessons will not only focus on building a strong foundation in technique and musicianship, but also teach students about different jazz styles, improvisation, call and response patterns and more. Please contact our Registrar to schedule an interview lesson: 610-489-3676.

Jazz Ensemble

  • Ages 10+
  • Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm
  • Quarter 3: February 7 – April 18, 2018 and Quarter 4: April 23 – June 20, 2018

The CMS Jazz Ensemble is for jazz musicians who have at least two years of experience on their instruments.  Each week will include ensemble and small combo work as well as improvisation instruction. The Jazz Ensemble will have the opportunity to perform at CMS concerts and around the community for special events. Tuition $138/ quarter

Jazz Improvisation for Teens & Adults

Discusses soloing, trading fours, analysis of chords, chord progressions, and forms of standard jazz tunes. Uses of theory, jazz licks, and playing by ear. Some solos by established jazz artists will also be transcribed and studied. Many of the tunes studied will be those in the repertoire of the Adult Jazz Ensemble, which meets right afterward.

Schedule: TBA

Jazz Faculty

Rob Diener

Rob Diener, trumpet

Rob has spent the past 20 years as a professional Trumpet player and educator. Mr. Diener has performed all over the country in every genre of music imaginable. He has played in clasical ensembles, jazz groups, rock groups, theater productions, and has even performed for major sporting events such as Nascar. In 2003 Mr. Diener formed his own band Anomaly, which has 2 cds to its credit that were reviewed nationally. Rob has performed with such artists as Greg Karukas, Gerald Veasley, Rick Braun, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Kashiwa, Richard Elliot, Joe McBride, The LA Chillharmonic, Brian Bromberg, The Heads Up Superband, and Chieli Minucci and Special EFX. He has also Played the National tour of the Broadway musical 42nd Street, as well as subbing on the North American tour of The Producers. He has also appeared at the Berks Jazz Fest, The Rehobeth Jazz Fest, the Point Pleasant Jazz and Blues Festival, The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz festival, and Bethlehem Musikfest. Mr. Diener likes to use his vast experience to make learning the trumpet a fun, and positive experience for his students. If you ask Rob, he will tell you that he himself is a constant student of the trumpet, and enjoys passing along his findings to students and colleagues alike. More about Rob…

Porter EidamPorter Eidam, III

Porter Eidam has been involved in music most of his life. He was a percussionist with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra from 1985 to 1986. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Instrumental Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Percussion. He has been a timpanist with the Pottstown Symphony since 1993, and has also played with the Allentown Symphony and Reading Pops. He has been a freelance musician in the area for almost 20 years playing with several small ensembles, jazz groups, pit orchestras and rock bands. He has been teaching percussion privately since 1990. He has also done quite a bit of studio session work and presently plays in a local band called Black Rock.

Ryan LeaverRyan Leaver

Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer, Ryan Leaver received his B.A. in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2003 and his M.A. in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2006. He has received instruction in the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, Eurythmics, and the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization from leaders in each respective field. Some of his teachers include Dennis Sandole, Charlie Banacos, George Garzone, John Lockwood, Bob Gullotti, Bob Moses, Ran Blake, John Thomas, and Ben Monder.


Jeff Ormsby

Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and drum teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

In 2014, Jeff joined the staff of the North Penn High School Percussion Ensemble. In the past, he has instructed the drum line at Upper Darby and Pennsbury high schools. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.

Jeff recently released his debut solo electronic EP under the name Duncan in October of 2013, and joined the Philadelphia-based hard rock band Palaceburn as the drummer. He also plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an up and coming electronic power pop band originally from Wilmington, DE. In 2015, Jeff will be joining the instructional staff of Field of View, a percussion ensemble based out of West Chester, PA.


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