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.

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 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

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees and finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.


Remote Learning:
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.