Richmond Jazz School - Summer Jazz Course

'Richmond Jazz School' is an integral part of the music department at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College. RHACC is one of the UK's major providers of Jazz Education for Adults offering courses throughout the year for all levels of ability and aspiration. Each Saturday more than 250 students already attend the Richmond Jazz School and they give regular performances in the area.The Richmond Summer Jazz School is as an intensive studying experience. This year it is to run over five days and is open for all instrumentalists and vocalists. This course is for people who love playing/singing music and wish to build upon this and improve. You will draw upon our expertise, significant set of resources and nationally recognized team of tutors. We welcome current and past students as well as looking forward to meeting new students.
You will have the opportunity to learn through playing/singing in different Jazz Ensembles, rhythm workshops, jam sessions and public performances. You will have the opportunity to learn and mix with jazz professionals and develop your technique, confidence and improvisation skills in a supportive, creative and stimulating environment. Courses include Jazz Singing, Jazz Vocal Performance, and instrumental tuition on a wide range of instruments.

Course Content

Each of your days will run from 10:00 - 17:00 (approx) and contain a wide range of activities with an emphasis on developing material for the performance opportunities taking place throughout the course and in the evening jam sessions.

Workshops and seminars throughout the course will contain:
Theory and Improvisation Workshops:
Ensemble groups:
Instrumental classes
Improvisation workshops
Big Band session
Vocal and Instrumental Master class workshops

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 will provide an intensive, enjoyable and challenging experience for all levels of ability. However it is not appropriate for you if you are a beginner on your instrument. .

After enrolment students will be contacted to complete an information sheet that will identify previous experience and abilities to allow balanced ensembles and groups to be created. We endeavour to plan a really stimulating and tailored course for you, so it would help our planning process if students were to enrol at least 10 days before the first class. We will still accept later enrolments.

First Class Requirements

Instrument, notebook, pencil and music stand if you own one.

Attendance Requirements

Good attendance throughout the week will help you get maximum benefit from the course.

Assessment Methods

While the course is about developing your love and enjoyment of Jazz, you may wish to identify personal goals for the course which your tutors will be able to support and reflect on with you.

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


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.