When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W23JPMA06C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Improve your playing and appreciation of jazz in a standard Big Band line-up, playing classic and contemporary arrangements. This course is designed for players at ABRSM Grade 7 level and above. Join in any term subject to audition.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • interpret accurately a Big Band arrangement on your instrument
  • play in the jazz idiom with and understanding of different styles and techniques
  • demonstrate an improvement of your ensemble and sectional playing skills
  • demonstrate an improvement of your sight-reading and interpretation skills
  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of musical structures
  • demonstrate an improvement of your knowledge of Big Band repertoire


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    As a member of the Morley Big Band, you will rehearse and work on a selected number of pieces chosen by the conductor. The course is designed to expose players to a very broad range of Jazz arrangements including classics from 30s, 40s, 50s and contemporary Jazz charts. As part of the class you will work on improving your sight-reading and your phrasing in the jazz idiom. Occasionally you will be working in sections. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    Grade 7 or above on chosen instrument.Members must be competent on their instruments and be able to read music to a good standard. Tutor approval is required prior to joining the Big Band; you may be invited to ‘sit-in’ with the Orchestra to assess your suitability.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Due to the nature of the instruments/content of the course you might be exposed to high volume levels. We strongly encourage everyone to bring a pair of ear plugs to every lesson.

    What you need

    A working instrument and in the case of brass a selection of mutes

    What you can do next

    This course is designed to accommodate students with mixed abilities and with different learning goals. Differentiation makes it possible for students to achieve results according to their expectations; therefore learners are encouraged to take the course more than once to improve different aspects of their playing. Students may wish to consider joining one of Morley’s Jazz Workshops, Jazz theory classes and Jazz History classes to consolidate their learning. Alternatively learners should consider one of our other ensembles. Ask your tutor for advice or contact the Music Department.