When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Gerry Hunt
  • Course Code W23JPMB07C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

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. Please note that this is the third term of a three terms course. You will need tutor approval to join the class.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Play several jazz standards and improvise with confidence
  • 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 such as diatonic cycles and rhythm changes, blues scales, chromaticism and modulation,
  • Use effective personal practice strategies


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Play jazz standards and exploring ways to learn the melody and structure in order to expand repertoire. Use analytical methods to explore approaches to improvising. This term we will cover concepts including: The major scale-structure, harmonisation and improvisation strategies The cycle of 4ths and 5ths An introduction to the modes of the major scale and their application An introduction to the use of the harmonic minor scale Pentatonic and blues scales Chord/scale theory practice strategies.

    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. This is an entry level term which replaces Jazz Workshop 1A which for various reasons did not happen this academic year.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Check that this course is suitable for your level and needs. Make sure that you can show a good level of commitment to attending the class and studying the material presented. This is important not only for self development but also to help fellow students in their development.

    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.