Inside Jazz Improvisation, a new class being offered at Houston Middle School

Article by Student Reporter Jack Umsted


This class, taught by Mr. Nesvick, gives our middle school students the opportunity to begin playing jazz. This semester class, unlike other jazz classes, allows students to bring non-traditional jazz instruments like violins, cellos, and flutes to create and work on the jazz sound.


This period creates a safe environment for students to practice new sounds on their instrument of choice. They can experiment with different key changes and scales. Every student gives an individual jazz improv performance every second Friday. When asked about the students in this class, Mr. Nesvick described them as “brave and confident.” The experiences in this class give the students a platform to prepare for Houston High School’s Jazz band and build the skills needed to perform in front of other people. 


This class is open to students in 8th grade who are in their third year or more of strings or band. This class is a performance-based class giving musical students the opportunity to broaden their musical horizons. If you are a 7th grade student interested in joining this class next year or have further questions feel free to talk to or email Mr. Nesvick at [email protected].