Dayramir Gonzalez believes in the power of education. He is committed to passing on his knowledge, understanding that music is a gift meant to be learned, absorbed, mastered and offered back to the world.


Armonia Modal Avanzada (en Español):

Curso creado para cubrir temas vitales como giros de II-V-I y sus posibilidades de re-armonización. Sustitutos tritonales... Leer más...

Arreglo para Pequeño y Grande Formato (en Español):

Este currículum ofrece técnicas de arreglos como 4 Way Close, drop 2, drop 2 & 4, spread voicings, soli... Leer más...

Advanced Modal Harmony (in English):

This is a theory-based course in which content and music vocabulary discussed can be applied to playing your instrument or your writing...Read more...

Arranging for Small and Large Ensemble (in English):

This curriculum focuses on arranging techniques used by American jazz composers like Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Such techniques include “4-way close,” “Drop 2,” “Drop 2 & 4,” “spread voicings,”...Read more...

Since 2001, Dayramir has conducted clinics and master classes on topics from European classical music, to traditional Afro Cuban genres and contemporary American jazz. These include:

Big Band Master Class at Max-Planck School of Music Heidelberg, - Germany.

Jazz Theory and Improvisation Techniques Master Class at Amadeo Roldan School of Music -  Havana, Cuba

Presentation on “The Piano in Classical Cuban Music” for TEDxBarnes - New York, NY

Jazz Ensemble Master Class at “A Place Called Home” - Los Angeles, CA

Classical Cuban Music Presentation on BronxNet’s “Open 2.0” - Bronx, NY

Children’s Workshop on Cuban Music Basics at “Detroit Jazz Festival” - Detroit, MI

Survey of Afro-Cuban Music Clinic at “Santa Monica College” - Santa Monica, CA

Seminar on Afro-Cuban Jazz at “McGill Conservatory” - Montreal, Canada


Contemporary Modal Harmony and Composition.

This course is intended to cover some of the most useable scales in today's jazz and popular music, analyze them by colors and work on exercises to gain flexibilities with them. Diatonic, non diatonic and tension notes in scales. Harmonic progressions over II-V-I major and minor changes, piano voicing for left and both hands. Analysis of form and chord progressions of jazz tunes, a different type of Blues. Composition and performance of a blues and a jazz song.

Objective: Students successfully completing the materials will have the information necessary to incorporate modal harmonies and melodies into their own writing and playing.

Reharmonization Techniques (Intermediate and Advanced Levels)

The course covers:

Functional Reharmonization: Key area substitutions. Exchanging chords of similar function. Diatonic and non-diatonic approach methods. Diminished substitutions, Modal interchange. Hybrid reharm. Upper structure triads. Voice lead harmonic structures.

Objective: Students will have a broader scope of possibilities to re-approach harmonies.

Advanced Modal Harmony

This course will cover vital voicing type techniques for 4, 5 and 6 note arrangements. Voice leading harmonizations and substitutions. Low interval limits. Identifying voicing mistakes. Re-harmonization of approach notes. Analysis of jazz tunes and composition exercises.

Arranging for a small and big band setting formats

Course Description: This course will cover vital voicing type techniques for 4, 5 and 6 notes for arrangements. Voice leading harmonizations and substitutions. Low interval limits. Identifying voicing mistakes. Re-harmonization of approach notes. Analysis jazz tunes and composition exercises.

Jazz Ensemble in Bebop and Post-bebop Music

Course description: The dominant approach. Creating flexibilities with modal scales. The 5-9 improvisation pattern. Play and rest exercises. Most influential lines in major and minor II-V-I patterns. Pentatonics in and out. Comping patterns. Creating a successful and thoughtful practice routine.

AfroCuban Ensemble. Approach to traditional and modern Cuban sound.

Objective: This is a theory and performing master class, opened to all instruments. The course is intended to cover in a very clear and objective way the different ways of creating and developing lines, tunes, and tumbaos in traditional and modern Cuban music. Covering the principal and most prominent instrumentalists and creators of today: Samuel Formell, Giraldo Piloto, Alain Perez, Chucho Valdes, Tata Guines, Changuito, Feliciano Arango, Tony Perez, Munequitos de Matanzas, among others.

Other Topics

The clave, conga and dancer secret. Variants and patterns.

Stretching a son pattern to Timba. Influence of the rumba quinto on improvisation, and why this instrument has such an important role for the dancer and the player.

Influence of Funk, Jazz and conga genres in modern Cuban patterns.

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