When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Roland Perrin
  • Course Code W21JPMB05B

What you will learn

A course for pianists who have had at least a year's study of jazz piano, focusing on the consolidation of improvisation skills, jazz harmony and rhythm. This course is a continuation from Jazz Piano 1C and therefore requires tutor approval . Please contact the Music department by email at music@morleycollege.ac.uk for guidance on how you can get approval.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and play various jazz styles including blues, swing and latin
  • Know how to incorporate typical rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas in a solo
  • Use both horizontal (melodic) and vertical (chordal) improvisation methods for soloing over common chord sequences
  • Increase independence between the hands by learning left hand and right hand coordination exercises


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be playing the piano on your own and will also be listening to other students and the tutor playing. You will also listen to musical examples and do some singing and clapping exercises. Information will be delivered verbally, backed up by handouts, videos and by practical demonstration and your own participation in the activities. Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will be given throughout the course to help you progress with your jazz piano studies.

    Entry requirements

    You must have grade 3 (ABRSM) or equivalent practical piano skills or above. The ability to read piano music notation would definitely be an advantage but if you can’t do that it will be necessary to at least be able to study the notated melody line and chord progressions on the handouts and / or by listening to recordings of the music at home. You will also need to have completed Morley Jazz Piano 1, or at least have equivalent experience in playing and improvising jazz piano.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Some previous jazz and/or improvisation experience (e.g.: Jazz Piano 1 or Blues Piano 1 or Latin Piano 1) plus some knowledge and understanding of major and minor scales and blues scales as used in improvisation.

    What you need

    A piano to practise at home. Manuscript paper, notebook and writing materials.

    What you can do next

    Jazz Piano 2, Terms 2 & 3. ,You may then wish to continue with Jazz Piano in years 3 and 4, or you may be interested in Jazz Workshop (Levels 1 & 2), Latin Piano and Percussion, Latin Workshop or Blues Piano