Jazz Workshop 1

These Jazz Workshop sessions will help you to develop a repertoire of standard jazz tunes and arrangements for you to develop your performance skills at all levels. We will learn the tunes and look at how to improvise on your instrument and to communicate as an ensemble.

This course is taught by Julian Costello.

Course Content

Course content is focused around developing your instrumental and ensemble skills and repertoire. You will perform and rehearse with the group and develop your playing, reading, improvising and knowledge of the jazz repertoire.

Topics to be explored throughout each session will vary but include:

• Instrumental Technique
• Theory
• Performance and ensemble skills
• Improvisation
• Répertoire
• Developing practice routines and strategies

Performance opportunities may include college lunchtime sessions, local venues and college concerts.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

The course is aimed at all instruments including rhythm section instruments like piano, bass, drums and guitar and also front line instruments such as saxophones, trumpet, clarinet ,flute and trombone. This course will work at an introductory to lower intermediate level.

Although this course is not for beginners, you don’t necessarily need experience of playing within an ensemble or at improvising. The workshops will be designed to stretch all abilities. Knowledge of some jazz music theory will be useful and level 1 literacy an advantage as handouts will be distributed at different times to reinforce learning. Good sight reading is an advantage but not at all required.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is required.

Assessment Methods

No formal assessment but you'll get feedback constantly from your tutor and peers.

Additional Information

Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.

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