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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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For adults (minimum age 16)
Entry Level: Ability to read simple melody line and chord symbol charts.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO:
2 pianos * (NO SPOTS LEFT)*
2 guitars * (NO SPOTS LEFT)*
1 bass *
1 drum kit *
and any number of horns or other instruments.

Please let us know your instrument by filling in the Additional Enrolment Information page when you are completing your enrolment.

We will update the availability of places as enrolments are received.

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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 (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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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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