Jazz Workshop 2

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.

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
• Repertoire
• Developing practice routines and strategies

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

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 rhythm section instruments like piano, bass, drums and guitar, and also front line instruments such as saxophones, trumpet and trombone. We will work at an intermediate to upper intermediate level. It will be fine if you are new to jazz. If you play another instrument please contact

You need not have some previous experience of playing within an ensemble or at improvising and the workshops will be designed to stretch all abilities but is not for beginners. Knowledge of some jazz music theory will be useful and level 1 literacy is an advantage, as handouts will be distributed at different times to reinforce learning. Good sight reading is an advantage but not at all required.

First Class Requirements

Instrument, notebook and pencil.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance will help you gain maximum benefit from the course.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment on this course although you will be able to identify individual goals and later reflect on your development. Your tutor will assess your learning and progress through the practical nature of the classes.

Further Study Options

You may wish to progress to further practical jazz courses at RACC. For further information on these courses see the website.

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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