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Jazz Ensembles or Jazzgroup One - Audition

Jazz Ensembles (intermediate level) run on Mondays -*tutored by Andrew Dickeson* as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays - tutored by Ron Philpott. Jazzgroup One (advanced level) runs on Wednesdays - tutored by Brendan Clarke. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS A 15 minute unaccompanied audition to determine which ensemble suits you best. You should be prepared to play two jazz standards of your choice, to improvise over a blues head and to do some basic sight reading of a chart. Drummers will also... [More]
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For adults (minimum age 16)
Jazz Ensemble classes will commence on Monday 1 May, 7 to 9pm (tutor – Andrew Dickeson), Tuesday 2 May or Thursday 4 May, 6-8pm (tutor – Ron Philpott). Jazzgroup One (advanced) will commence on Wednesday 3 May, 6-8pm (tutor – Brendan Clarke).

The fee for the 8 week term for each class is $495. If you enrol for an audition by 10 April, you will only pay the Early Bird rate of $435.60 for the term (which is a 12% discount), providing you are successful at audition.

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For adults (minimum age 16)

Classes will be held on either Monday starting 1 May or Thursday starting 4 May from 6 to 8pm. The fee for the 8 week term is $415

If you enrol for an audition by Monday 10 April, you will only pay the Early Bird rate of $365.20 ( 12% discount) for the term, providing you are successful at audition.

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Entry Level: Prior completion of Ear Training and Sight Reading 3.

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Entry Level: Prior completion of Jazz Harmony level 1 or discussion with tutor

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