ALL EARS –  January holiday programme for all ages

Written by ChissyMusic

A jazz holiday programme with a difference! 23-27 January.

Ara Music Arts are excited to be partnering with the ‘All Ears’ team to bring this unique week of workshops to New Zealand in January 2017.

This week long program is a great opportunity for musicians of any age and ability. It provides participants a format to explore jazz and improvised music in a fun, safe and nurturing environment, while focusing on developing improvisation skills in the time honored tradition of the jazz greats: learning by ear.

“All Ears is a jazz and improvised music program designed by veteran US educators Dr. Arthur Falbush and Keith Pray. With 14 years of collaborating on many educational programs and with over 50 years of combined teaching experience, All by Ear is an evolution of the original method of learning jazz (by ear).

Jazz musicians since the earliest days of the music learned to play by imitating other musicians.

All Ears takes this concept into an educational environment and provides participants the opportunity to learn how to improve their jazz playing while being supervised by experience jazz musicians and veteran teachers.”

Register today for All EARS

Important information

All Ears will run from Monday January 23 to Friday 27 January. A public concert performance will take place on the Friday evening.

Daily schedule:

9:00am – 12:00pmSession 11:00pm – 3:00pmSession 2

Rehearsals begin promptly at 9:00 am. There are two sessions separated by lunch (morning and afternoon).

Sessions are broken down into smaller groups as needed to facilitate learning and other activities such as discussions and listening to music are used to deepen their understanding of jazz.

Each session focuses on learning repertoire and improvisation a leading to the final concert. The concert features performances of pieces that have been worked on during the week and all pieces are played from memory.

The week will be led by All Ears co-founder Arthur Falbush with support from Ara Music Arts faculty.


  • $185 per person
  • $135 per person if two or more family members are attending

All enquiries can be submitted to and be sure to join our Facebook group –

By Judith Bell