MUSIC WORKSHOPS 2017


To register and reserve your place call 403.239.8545


Through a long career of studying, and teaching music Johnny has created a very relaxed, comfortable, and effective way to help you get the most out of music. We have developed 3 programs to start that will elevate your enjoyment of music through listening and appreciation, to improvising and performing, and composition. We will be adding new courses soon to further what we start here, and cover different topics as well.


These courses will be taught by award winning jazz artist and director of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Summers


Elevate music is an intensive 11 hour course over 2 days in a comfortable retreat type environment that will allow you to learn in an effective, supportive and fun way.


We are offering 3 courses initially. 


Beginner - Intermediate Improvisation- July 22-23 

  • strategies to develop a daily practice schedule
  • strongest & most effective ways to practice improvisation, songwriting, and more
  • how to start and continue learning improvisation, in a fun and efficient way
  • eliminate fear from improvisation
  • the art of creating a strong melody, and connecting what you want to play with what actually comes through your instrument


Sat 10am -4pm including lunch, beverages and snacks
Sun 12-5pm including beverages and snacks
COST: $250 per person

SUGGEST TO BRING:

  • smartphone/ iPad
  • purchase iReal Pro ap and download songbook from forums through the app
  • notebook, pencil, waterbottle and folder
  • instrument (note drum kit, and piano are provided)
Select Course

Music Appreciation/ Jazz Appreciation
September 2 - 3 


This one will be crazy fun


  • listen to examples of Jazz from it's inception to now
  • learn about all the nuances of instruments, styles, different musicians styles and more
  • pretty much get ready to hang out, explore new music, find new music that you love, and discuss it all in a relaxed, fun environment


​Sat 10am -4pm including lunch, beverages and snacks
Sun 12-5pm including beverages and snacks
COST: $250 per person

SUGGEST TO BRING:

  • smartphone/ iPad
  • purchase iReal Pro ap and download songbook from forums through the app
  • notebook, pencil, waterbottle and folder
  • instrument (note drum kit, and piano are provided)

Sign up here to receive information on upcoming Elevate Music courses.

Join Johnny Summers in a comfortable, effective and personalized way of learning about music.


The Elevate Music program is a relaxed group approach to learning about music, listening, writing and performing. 

Improvisation July 22-23

Composing / Songwriting August 26-27

Jazz Appreciation September 2-3

vocalist | trumpeter | composer | director | educator

Composing & Composing/ Songwriting
August 26 - 27


To register and reserve your place call 403.239.8545


With a course like this we will be covering a large number of topics in music, and some in the business of music. From writing pop music, TV and film scores, all styles of Jazz, Funk, Latin, Blues, Gospel etc. and we will give you a solid understanding to expand your current ability and add the skills to follow other interests you have


  • basic to advanced tools of composition 
  • how to write for various styles, depending on the interests of the participants
  • making theory work for you
  • how to "dream" musically and how to write this effectively
  • how to develop your own voice through your music


Sat 10am -4pm including lunch, beverages and snacks
Sun 12-5pm including beverages and snacks
COST: $250 per person

SUGGEST TO BRING:

  • smartphone/ iPad
  • purchase iReal Pro ap and download songbook from forums through the app
  • notebook, pencil, waterbottle and folder
  • instrument (note drum kit, and piano are provided)