When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Gerry Hunt
  • Course Code W21JPMB09B

What you will learn

Explore jazz standards in a practical course, learning to improvise on chord sequences and developing repertoire and confidence to perform publicly. Players need basic competence on their instrument, music reading and knowledge of chord structures. This is the second term of a three terms course.Please note that 4 of the 10 classes will be held at Morley College London while the remaining 6 will be online.

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

  • Play several jazz standards and improvise with confidence in an ensemble.
  • Start to build a repertoire of tunes.
  • Use analytical and theoretical approaches to improvisation including the study of modes of major and minor scales, chord/scale theory, chord sequences, blues scales, chromaticism and modulation.
  • Use effective personal practice strategies.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Playing jazz standards and using various concepts and strategies to improvise on their structures. Discussing and applying theoretical approaches to playing, improvising and practising. Playing in an ensemble in a supportive and sharing musical environment. This term, we will be studying: More major scale modes- Phrygian, Lydian and Locrian Chord tone soloing Rhythmic and melodic vocabulary Major and minor II V I sequences The Lydian dominant scale An introduction to guide and approach tones

    Entry requirements

    Students should have a basic technical competence on their instrument. Students should have a basic knowledge of music theory and notation. Students should show a commitment to the course in terms of practice, punctuality, and willingness to work in the supportive environment of the class. Online enrolment on term 2 of this course, starting in January, 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

    Due to the nature of the instruments/content of the course you might be exposed to high volume levels. We strongly encourage everyone to bring a pair of ear plugs to every lesson.

    What you need

    Personal instrument, except for piano which is provided. Manuscript paper, notebook and writing materials.

    What you can do next

    Join the advanced Jazz Workshop. Join an ensemble. Attend music theory and ear-training classes.