VAPA » Jazz



Our comprehensive music courses are designed to nurture a deep understanding and appreciation of music, catering to students with varying levels of experience and interest. These courses include:


  • Guitar: This course offers students the opportunity to learn and master the guitar. From basic chords to advanced techniques, students will develop their playing skills, music reading abilities, and understanding of various musical styles.

  • Jazz Ensemble (Multiple Levels): Our jazz program offers multiple levels to accommodate students at different stages of their musical journey. Students will explore the rich genre of jazz music, focusing on improvisation, ensemble playing, and the study of jazz standards. The program culminates with the prestigious, award-winning "Wolves" Jazz Band, which represents the highest level of jazz performance at our school.

  • Percussion: Under Mr. Mundy’s direction, this course is open to the entire student body with no prerequisites. Students will learn various techniques on percussion staples such as snare drum, keyboards, and hand drums. They will apply these skills to a diverse array of repertoire and perform in VAPA shows and various other concerts throughout the year.

  • Cambridge AICE Music: Part of the prestigious Cambridge AICE program, this course provides an advanced curriculum in music. Students will engage in in-depth studies of music theory, history, and performance. They will also develop critical listening skills and participate in challenging projects that enhance their musical knowledge and proficiency.

For more information, details, and the most up-to-date course offerings, please speak with your IRCHS guidance counselors. They can provide guidance on class schedules, prerequisites, and help you choose the best courses to match your interests and skill level.

David Mundy, Director of Jazz Studies
Mr. Mundy has been with IRCHS since 2001. Beginning with one five-member ensemble, the program has flourished and grown each year. Mundy has been writing, performing, and producing music professionally in the Central Florida area since 1991. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Bass Performance from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Much of Mundy’s Florida success came with his contemporary jazz group, Equator. He currently focuses on playing jazz, and his groups have opened for Art Porter, Marion Meadows, Warren Hill, Steve Reid, Mindy Abair, and Ken Navarro.