Hi, I'm Jeff Schneider – award-winning saxophonist, pianist, and composer with a passion for teaching people how to make music better than they ever thought possible.
After uploading over 200 music tutorials to YouTube and working with students all over the world for more than 15 years, I've gotten pretty good at helping people drastically improve their playing in a short amount of time.
I wasn't a prodigy growing up, and I don't have any super powers like perfect pitch or synesthesia. Had I been born with those abilities, I probably wouldn't be very good at breaking down musical concepts. I'm actually grateful to have gone through the process (struggle) of figuring out how to get better without any unique natural advantages because I'm now able to clearly explain music in ways that are helpful to others.
But getting here wasn't easy...
I’m in 7th grade, improvising over the chord changes to St. Thomas, i.e., playing random notes from the blues scale without a clue what it means to be “making the changes.” But I’m having a great time getting to solo in jazz band, and the ignorance is bliss.
Then I get to high school and hear how much better the older kids sound, and that bliss turns to pain.
I’m kicking myself after every one of my solos in school, at jam sessions, and on gigs. Family and friends say I sound good, but my inner voice always says, “What do they know?”
I can’t stop thinking about all the flubbed notes I didn’t mean to play and all the notes I wanted to play but couldn’t get to in time.
The frustration continues through college, and I come close to giving it all up several times. But after investing so much time and money into practicing and taking lessons, the guilt of turning my back on it all is too much to bear. I’m stuck between frustration and guilt – a hard place and a rock.
Out of school and in need of work, I start teaching more private lessons. As I share with others what I’ve learned over the years, I start to develop tips, techniques, and strategies for overcoming challenges that my students are facing. I test these new techniques on myself, and the sudden shift in my ability to play reminds me of when Neo figures out how to manipulate the Matrix. I still need to put in practice time, but
After a few years, the spontaneous exercises I create for my students evolve into a method I develop called the CMC (Crane-Massage-Connectors) system, which helps me and my students improvise over chord changes with confidence and ease.
I realize what I was missing all those years in school — a system I could follow that would get me from point A to point Z. A system like CMC that can be followed regardless of a player’s skill level and experience.
"Making the Changes" is a module-based, six-week video course in which I guide you – every step of the way – with visuals, downloadable examples, exercises, and graded quizzes to ensure you not only understand the material but can put it to use right away. Demonstrations of the examples and exercises will include an on-screen piano, and all of the downloadable sheet music is transposed for C, Eb, Bb, and bass clef instruments.
Once enrolled, you'll gain access to our exclusive improvisers community – a private Facebook group in which you can share your progress with other course members, request and provide feedback, and connect with musicians all over the world who are serious about becoming better improvisers.
These are funny names for a serious approach to
learning how to make you an outstanding improviser.
I want to share with you everything I know about making music.
I didn't show any real progress on my instrument until the summer after my freshman year of high school when I started practicing eight hours a day. Almost 20 years later, I've since studied with the best teachers in the world, at the top schools in the U.S., and have taught myself the secrets to playing and writing music that I love.
My goal now is to make sure those secrets get passed on to anyone who wants to work hard and practice smart.
If you've seen any of my YouTube videos, you know that even though the material can get heavy at times, I do my best to keep it light, accessible, and most importantly: clear. The course material you're about to dive into will be all that and more. You'll be absorbing the content in a sequence that is designed to help you understand music better and get you playing at the next level faster.
So, if you want to learn the most efficient and effective strategies and techniques for getting better at music, SHED THIS WAY!
"Jeff Schneider’s Making the Changes is so well made that it feels like being in a physical class. The course builds up very nicely and suits different levels of playing. The offered material is clear and abundant, and Jeff’s inputs in the Q&A sessions are very helpful. All in all, my expectations have definitely been met, and I can highly recommend the course!"
- Giulia Reimann, saxophone
"Making the Changes teaches effective methods for improvisation. Jeff is an excellent teacher and communicates his ideas in a clear, concise manner.
I’ve been playing music all my life. However, I have felt “stuck” over the years with my jazz improvisation ideas, which led me to taking Jeff’s course. His approach to improvisation was new to me and has literally taken my playing to the next level.
For anyone struggling to improvise or wanting to improve their technique, I highly recommend Jeff’s course. It will definitely get you thinking in a direction that is so much more efficient musically than just memorizing and/or transcribing licks."
- Wendy MacBain, piano
"I wholeheartedly recommend Jeff Schneider’s Making the Changes improvisation course. Jeff really provides a logical and executable approach to learning and developing as an improvisor. Jeff is a top notch educator and communicator, and I was very impressed with his clarity in explaining the various concepts throughout the course. As someone who has started playing saxophone later in life, I have taken lots of lessons and bought several books. This course was definitely money well spent."
- David Buchwalter, saxophone
“Jeff is the rare breed of educator who breaks down complex concepts into tangible practice strategies and principles that anyone can understand. Take Jeff’s approach to the shed and you’ll not only make serious progress shredding over changes, but you’ll also discover a deeper understanding of how harmony works to create compelling musical experiences.”
- Abel James, guitar & piano
"Making the Changes (MTC) is a game changer. I had a wonderful jazz saxophone teacher who moved. I'd been checking out some of Jeff Schneider's YouTube videos with great interest and enjoyed those short lessons. However, the 6 week MTC jazz improvisation course of study gave me practical strategies that I can put to use now. I've got a long way to go in my jazz studies; however, Jeff has opened up greater possibilities & greater understanding of how to shape a solo. Excellent course & outstanding teacher."
- Steve Chojnacki, saxophone
"Yes, hard work and regular practice are still essential, but the pacing of the exercises along with Jeff’s explanations and critical but positive input online will provide any subscriber with all the tools to learn AND USE scales, patterns and rhythms to execute an authentic solo in any form of modern music."
- John Chaplin, saxophone
"Jeff is an amazing teacher. All too often jazz instructors say things like “you just gotta feel it man” with no directions. Jeff provides specific exercises and techniques to develop and improve your jazz sound, sense of rhythm, and the development of melodies that follow the chord changes."
- Duane Geruschat, saxophone
"If you’re searching for that one teacher to unlock your potential, look no further! Jeff’s the real deal. His imaginative approach makes big music theory concepts easy to understand and apply. I’ve learned to solo from the ground up and have a big new toolbox to create and understand music. "
- Adam Ouriel, piano
Making the Changes is packed with strategies and techniques that will take your improvisation to the next level, and I want to make sure that you get all that content before fully committing to making this investment in your music education
Try the entire course. If you don't LOVE it, I insist that you get 100% of your money back.
It's simple: Join the course and try it for yourself. If the powerful improvisation tips, strategies, and techniques don't help improve your playing in 45 days, I want you to email me. Show me you did the exercises, and I'll give you all your money back.
This guarantee lasts 45 days, which completely covers the course. That means you can try the ENTIRE course and then decide if it's right for you.