When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W21JPMB10C

What you will learn

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

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

    Students are given handouts for each lesson. The tutor explains and demonstrates new topics of study. Each lesson is a ‘workshop’, where students are encouraged to explore and develop their own creative ideas. Theory of music, phrasing, harmony, rhythm and technique are applied in a practical way. The class works together as a group so that students develop a sense of performance.

    Entry requirements

    A reasonable command of your instrument and a basic understanding of chord symbols and harmony; Some degree of ability in improvising; Some reading skills; Some students will be working with electronic amplifiers provided by the college, and will be instructed on how to work this equipment safely to avoid health risks; Please see the tutor at the Advice Session before the start of the course or contact the Music Department.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is an online course, therefore 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 basic IT skills in order to be able 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 need

    Your instrument and a pen or pencil. Amplifiers for bass and guitar are provided when classes are held at Morley College.

    What you can do next

    Students may wish to continue this course for a further year to develop their abilities or might to 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.