When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W21JPMB10B

What you will learn

For experienced jazz players (of any suitable instrument) who wish to develop their jazz improvisation skills to an advanced level. 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:

  • Explore jazz language using traditional, bebop and contemporary methods
  • Build jazz repertoire
  • Play a broad range of scales and arpeggios
  • Have a better understanding of advanced chord symbols and chord sequences
  • Improvise creatively in a jazz swing-feel style
  • Play appropriate jazz harmony and phrasing to standards


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Please note that 4 of the 10 classes will be held at Morley College London while the remaining 6 will be online. Dates will be discussed with the tutor in accordance with COVID-19 government guidance at the time of the lessons.

    Entry requirements

    A reasonable command of your instrument, a basic understanding of chord symbols and harmony, some degree of ability in improvising, some reading skills.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Regular practice between lessons is essential for ongoing progress.

    What you need

    Your instrument and a pen or pencil. Amplifiers for bass and guitar where necessary. As this is an online course, you will need access to a personal computer/laptop/iPad with working internal microphone and camera, and decent internet wi-fi connection. You will also need to have and basic IT skills in order to access and use effectively the online material, eg. the online platforms for the live sessions and shared material. Ahead of the first session, you will receive information about the exact format and length of the live part of the course, together with guidance on how to access the relevant platforms. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music

    What you can do next

    Students may wish to continue this course for a further year to develop their ability, or might consider joining one of Morley’s Jazz Theory classes and Jazz History classes to consolidate their learning. Alternatively, learners should consider one of our ensembles. Ask your tutor for advice or contact the Music Department.