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.

Entry Requirements

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

If you require further course information or advice and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

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