Workshop Details

Timetable

  • Morning Session: 10am- 12.30 with breaks
  • Lunch: 12.30 – 1.30pm
  • Musical Lecture: 1.30-2.15pm
  • Afternoon Session: 2.30pm – 4.00pm
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Come Join Us!

The workshop is aimed at anyone wanting to learn how to play jazz. So whether you are an improver or intermediate level musician or a highly advanced classical and rock musician – we will ensure you have a great time and learn. To ensure you get the most out of this course please let us know what experience you have on the joining form. It will enable us to ensure you are put into the right group.

Group sessions

You’ll be put into a group of up to ten musicians, consisting of rhythm section (drums, bass, keyboards, guitar) and front line (reeds, brass, violin, woodwind etc). Tutors teach you various tunes in a variety of styles – these may be standards or ones you write as a group. The aim is to prepare a short set of around 20 minutes to perform at the end of the week.
You will be invited to improvise and shown how to best construct a solo in an unpressurised way.

Instrument specific sessions

One session will be spent with a specialist tutor looking at the complexities of your instrument. If you have any issues with technique or your instrument our tutors will be able to help.

Musical Lecture

Each of the tutors will present a musically illustrated talk about an aspect of jazz music or performance that they are interested in. These have proved very popular over the last years, it is a wonderful way to learn how to tackle jazz as well as easing everyone into the afternoon’s session. These will be outside in the sunshine weather permitting.

Friday Night Performance

The week culminates in a performance at 7.00pm on Friday. The school hall will be magically transformed into a Jazz Club with a bar, stage, lighting and sound system. Each group will perform their pieces to friends and family. A fantastic end to the week.