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Advanced String Band

About Advanced Guitar & Bass Workshop

Students will work on original and classic instrumental arrangements of songs in nearly every musical genre including: blues, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and rock.

Participants will be expected to perform regularly at our Performing Arts Center and other outside events. To be accepted, students must first audition with Jay Sweet.  Students will be accepted based on talent, potential and commitment. This class will be limited to only six students.


Only $50 per month for students in private weekly lessons or $125 per month for non-enrolled students

Audition Information

  1. Play a minor pentatonic scale in 3 keys and at least 6 major scales from memory.
  2. Play two prepared pieces of varying styles.
  3. Must meet with instructor to establish level of proficiency on instrument.

About The Instructor

Jay Sweet attended Berklee College of Music where he studied Jazz Performance & Composition. After receiving his B.A. in Professional Music, he continued his studies and received his M.A. in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University. Since graduating, Jay Sweet has taught classes at Rutgers University, Middlesex College, and is currently a professor at Monmouth University where he teaches Jazz History, American Music History, Music Appreciation, and Bass & Mandolin instruction. As a musician, he has performed and recorded with several noted jazz musicians. Jay Sweet has also recorded four albums as a leader. In addition to teaching, performing, and running Sweet Music Academy, Jay is a published writer, guest lecturer, and a recipient of the Benny Carter Jazz Research Award.

Available Times


Start Date: 01/09/2019