Karrin Allyson Teaches2020-02-11T23:53:49+00:00


Jazz Ed: Masterclasses & Teaching


Karrin feels passionate about sharing this music. She has given countless masterclasses, clinics and private lessons.

Five-Time GRAMMY Nominee, Karrin Allyson

Five-Time GRAMMY Nominee, Karrin Allyson

» Karrin’s TEDxUMKC talk – “Live an artful life”.

For more specific info on private lessons and costs please contact us. For group masterclasses already scheduled, please see TourDates page.

Most recent jazz education sessions include:

Miami Young Artists
The New School
University of Nebraska at Omaha – Masterclass/Workshops/Concerts – Omaha, NE
McNally-Smith College; St Paul MN – Masterclass
Woodstock VT Interplay Jazz, faculty
Vermont Jazz Center, faculty
North High School, Master Class, Omaha, NE
SOKA University, Aliso Viejo, CA
SUNY Purchase Jazz Studies Master Class Series – Purchase, NY
University of Miami – Miami, FL
Berklee College of Music – Boston, MA
Berkeley School of Music – Berkeley, CA
Bastyr University – Seattle, WA
The Seasons Festival – Yakima, WA
New York City – Private and Masterclasses
Bowling Green – Bowling Green, OH
Drake University – Des Moines, IA
University of Nebraska – Omaha, NE *Where she also serves as esteemed alumni
Interplay Jazz Camp – Vermont
Rocky Mountain Vocal Camp – Colorado
George Washington University – Washington D.C.
Temple University – Philadelphia, PA. (Where Karrin was also given a Jazz Masters Award)


Masterclasses/clinics can either consist of Ms. Allyson alone with students, or with her band (who are also accomplished teachers) demonstrating, and listening to students (singers and instrumentalists) either one on one, or as ensembles.
1. Choosing repertoire
2. Choosing keys
3. Conceiving, executing an arrangement
4. Interpretation
5. How to build a band and lead it
6. How to sing a standard 5 different ways

Another very interesting caveat is that her long-time sweet-heart Bill McGlaughlin (radio host extraordinaire of Exploring Music, St Paul Sunday, composer and conductor) also combine their talents in orchestral performances, coupled with masterclasses.
Please see Bill’s website too: billmcglaughlin.com/

Allyson & McGlaughlin

Gilbert & Sullivan, Currier & Ives, Hall & Oates. To that storied list of creative partnerships, add another — Allyson & McGlaughlin.

Allyson is Karrin — an internationally aclaimed pianist and singer with thirteen albums on the Concord Jazz label, four Grammy nominations and appearances all over the world. Allyson is noted both for the warmth and sincerity of her performing style and the breadth of her repertoire, which embraces the Great American Songbook, Brazilian Bossa Nova, French Chanson, the great classic jazz composers — Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, John Coltrane as well as sympathetic and imaginative treatment of the great singer-songwriters — Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, all the way to Jimmy Webb and Elton John.

McGlaughlin is Bill — whose life in music encompasses stints with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony, a distinguished career as a conductor, compositions which have been played all across the country and perhaps his most familiar role — public radio’s Music Man, host of Exploring Music and St Paul Sunday. Be sure to visit billmcglaughlin.com.


Cynthia Herbst

American International Artists

Tel: 518-686-0972, Ext. 202

email: Cynthia@aiArtists.com

web: www.aiartists.com


“Whether in master classes, group workshops, or private lessons, learning from Karrin is a joy and a revelation. She meets you where you are, musically, and her superb teaching, high expectations, and sense of humor enable you to accomplish more than you could have imagined. Taking lessons with Karrin is one of my life’s greatest pleasures!” – Susan Brison

“Karrin has a no nonsense approach to teaching but also with gentle instruction. This is a great combination of taking us students seriously and guiding us to better performances. A wonderful way to learn!” – Rosemary Miller

“Karrin is a very warm, compassionate teacher. Her teaching is effective and she always gives me valuable input.” – Hiroko Kanna

“I am learning how to communicate with my band mates on stage – she’s teaching me how to lead my band. I feel her love of the music through her teaching- that’s why I like to spend time with Karrin!” – Asako Takasaki

Karrin is a very warm, compassionate teacher. Her teaching is effective and she always gives me valuable input.”

Hiroko Kanna