Jazz Piano 1C

When and Where

20 Apr 2020 - 29 Jun 2020 (15 hours, 10 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 18:15 - 19:45
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Marcus Hill
Course code

What you will learn

An introduction to jazz for pianists at around grade 3 (ABRSM) standard or higher. A great opportunity to learn about the basics of jazz harmony, improvisation and rhythm in the jazz idiom. This course is a continuation from Jazz Piano 1B and therefore requires tutor approval and you are unable to enrol for it online. Please contact the Music department on 020 7450 1838 or email us at music@morleycollege.ac.uk for guidance on how you can get approval.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • How to play simple jazz standards and jazz blues tunes
  • The harmonic, rhythmic and melodic basis of jazz and jazz piano
  • A method to improvise over chord sequences
  • A number of different jazz styles

Class format and activities

By information delivered verbally, backed up by handouts and by practical demonstration and participation in class. Suggested ideas can be tried out by students on individual electronic pianos with headphones during the class.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You must have either grade 3 equivalent practical piano skills or experience playing in church or in bands. The ability to sight- read music is not a requirement but it will be necessary to study the notated melody line and chord progressions on the handouts and / or listen to lesson recordings at home.

Online enrolment on term 3 of this course, starting in April 2015, is only available to those enrolled in the previous term. If you are a current student you will have received an email alerting you to this. If you are new to this course please select 'Ask a Question' and the curriculum department will contact you.

What you need to know before you enrol

You are expected to practice between classes.

What you will need for your class

A file is useful, plus a pen and paper. A means to record elements of the class is advisable but not essential

What you can do next

As with all musical development, progress in learning jazz piano is dependent on time being set aside for practice at home between the classes.