What is the course about?
A course for jazz instrumentalists and vocalists looking to develop their performance skills in a relaxed and practical setting. Explore jazz practice methods, and consolidate the work you covered in Jazz harmony and ear training level 2.
What will we cover?
Each session will develop one or more of the following:
- Rhythmic security
- Putting scales to work
- Making harmony work for you
- develop approaches to improvisation
- Developing a melodic concept
- Attention to style
- Practising as a group
- Playing patterns and licks through the keys.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Show improvement in your jazz playing
- Demonstrate organised approach to practice
- Demonstrate the ability to establish future practice goals
- Meet new material and new ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have either completed jazz harmony and ear training 2, or show great instrumental skill and a firm grounding in jazz theory and practice equivalent to the 2nd year jazz course syllabus.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English and staff notation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through workshop-type classes, sometimes splitting into smaller rehearsal groups. You will play your instrument for most of the time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Mark Levine Jazz Theory Book (pub. Chuck Sher) optional. We recommend you record some class activities.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in further Jazz woodshedding and Jazz repertoire courses, or the longer Jazz harmony, ear training and ensemble playing course.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details