Ali Ryerson's Online Jazz Flute Master Class | Lessonface

Ali Ryerson's Online Jazz Flute Master Class

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The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Master Class, an online program of intensive jazz flute study, offers a unique opportunity for aspiring and experienced jazz flutists to develop their technical skills and musical reflexes necessary for jazz improvisation.

During each hour-long session, Ms. Ryerson will examine a variety of jazz related topics, followed by a live coaching session. Participants will play selections from the standard jazz repertoire, with accompaniment provided by a NYC-based jazz pianist.
With a career spanning over four decades, world renowned jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll and has been nominated as Jazz Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Ali performs, records and teaches internationally, having toured the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and North Africa. Her concert performances range from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, London’s famed Ronnie Scott’s to the Blue Note in both New York and Japan. Festival appearances include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Miami Beach Jazz Festival, and Ireland’s Guinness Jazz Festival, to name but a few. 

A Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes she helped design, Ryerson’s 2013 CD release, Game Changer – The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band (Capri Records), features guest soloist Hubert Laws. This highly acclaimed recording hit the ‘TOP 10’ on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks. 

Ryerson has released nearly two dozen albums on major jazz labels such as Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Red Baron. She has recorded and performed with jazz greats Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Joe Beck, Mike Mainieri, Roy Haynes, Danny Gottlieb, Red Rodney, Stephane Grappelli, and Art Farmer, as well as classical artists Julius Baker and Luciano Pavarotti (while principal flutist with the Monterey Bay Orchestra). Musical director of the Hudson River Regional Jazz Festival (2001-’04), Jazz chair of the National Flute Association (2005-’10), and founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is the author of a highly acclaimed book, the "Jazz Flute Practice Method." In addition to her annual master class held at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in California every summer, Ms. Ryerson conducts master classes at universities worldwide, has been on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, the IJAM JAZZ summer camp in Italy, and is a visiting faculty member at The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. Ryerson studied flute with Harold Bennett (NY Metropolitan Orch) and John Wion (NYC Opera Orch) and is a cum laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.
If you have questions, please contact us by emailing or by calling 1-800-211-7058.
To be announced.
Summer Series: Classes held on Tuesdays, July 21, August 4, September 1, 2015, and October 6 from 7-8 pm Eastern.

Sessions are recorded, so enrolled participants can also watch afterward. 

Attend online OR at Michiko Studios, at 149 W 46th St., New York, NY. You can combine in-studio and online attendance. Please be in touch to let us know which dates to expect you in person.

Advanced beginners to advanced students ages 14 and up.

I thought the class was perfect. Ali really moved into it perfectly. I liked the participation and having the opportunity to play with such great pianists too. Thanks. Claire - you were very responsive to any questions or concerns.

I really enjoyed this class. Ali is a wonderful player and teacher. The pianists that accompanied her in the class were the best!

I loved the class! Thanks Ali!


These are live classes that are taught from Michiko Studios in midtown Manhattan. Students can attend by physically coming into the studio (in-studio) OR joining over the Lessonface high performing video conference platform. Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. The live sessions are recorded so that all enrolled students and auditors can review the class sessions following the live class. Class recordings will be available for viewing within 48 hours of the live class.
Private Lessons: Students may also sign up may sign up for hour-long online private lessons with Ali via Skype. Regularly $100/hr (in-person) or $85/hr (online), students are getting a deal by combining the private lessons with the group class.