When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W22JPMB08C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

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

Learning Outcomes

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

    Regular practice between lessons is essential for ongoing progress.

    What you need

    Your instrument and a pen or pencil. Amplifiers for bass and guitar are provided 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.