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Impro Basics Level 1

This course is designed for instrumentalists with no background in improvisation. It provides students with an opportunity to play in a small group and to learn elementary theoretical concepts, historical knowledge and basic skills in the art of jazz improvisation. Students will learn to: Put into practice theoretical knowledge of harmony and scales Train their ear and recognise chords and scales Perform technical exercises for improving improvisation skills Develop time and... [More]

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Impro Basics Level 2

For instrumentalists who have completed Impro Basics Level 1, or who have some improvisation experience, this course provides an opportunity to continue developing elementary skills in ensemble playing, improvisation and standard jazz repertoire. Classes establish practical ensemble skills by: Putting improvisation ideas into practice Learning melodies and chord progressions without music, developing memory Creating ensemble arrangements On completion of the course, a student’s... [More]

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Jazz Ensembles or Jazzgroup One - Audition

These classes are designed for students who wish to develop confident improvisation, aural and sight reading skills. They provide an ensemble-based environment for the development of personal jazz skills, along with an understanding of the dynamics at work in a small performance group. Typically there will be drums, electric bass, piano, horns (trumpet, alto, tenor) and guitar as the usual line-up. Other instruments are welcome (vibes, flute etc). Combining improvisation with work... [More]

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Rising Stars Audition - Woodwind

This class is for students wishing to audition for the Conservatorium Open Academy Rising Stars Program. Students who have been playing their instrument for at least two years are welcome to apply. Applications for entry in Semester 2, 2017 are now closed. The next application wil occur in November/December 2017 for our February 2018 intake. Students are required to present two contrasting pieces of their choice, not longer than 10 minutes together, showing a range of technical and... [More]

World Music Ensemble - Audition

World Music Ensemble is intended for mid-level players who want to improve their improvisation, rhythmic, aural, sight-reading, technical, and listening skills through a diverse world music program. In addition, ensemble members gain an insight into rehearsal and performance practices, how to organize arrangements and the dynamics of working within a group. Repertoire is developed through both the oral tradition, where melodic and harmonic material is learned by ear, and from... [More]

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Jazz Flute

This eight-week course is an introduction to musical concepts and instrumental techniques used for performing jazz and jazz-related styles. Course material is designed around repertoire styles such as Bebop, Latin-American and Rock and is intended to cater for classical flautists as well as those who have prior experience with modern music genres. Prerequisites for this course are a level of instrumental skill and musicianship from AMEB Grade 4 upward, your own instrument and an... [More]

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Jazz Sax

Ready to release the rock’n roll rebel? Soar sky-high in sonic streamers? Or jazz away on a jaunty jive? Go and hit the Con for a crash course in saxophonic satisfaction! Pack your horns and strap in for a wild ride through the badlands of Blues, Jazz and Latin music. This course introduces saxophonists to Jazz, Blues and Latin music by means of dynamic and personalized instruction. The program only requires very basic experience with playing saxophone and elementary music reading... [More]

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