When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Gerry Hunt
  • Course Code W21JPMB09C

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.

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

    Playing jazz standards and using various concepts and strategies to improvise on their structures. Discussing and applying theoretical approaches to playing, improvising and practising. This term, we will be studying: Modes of the melodic minor The use of chromaticism in improvisation Approach tones An introduction to the Whole tone and Diminished scales Pentatonic scales

    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 3 of this course, 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

    Regular practice between lessons is essential for ongoing progress.

    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.