Thursday 19 March 2015

Jazz Short Courses at LCoM

Leeds College of Music are gearing up to run some short courses focused on jazz in the coming months. These courses are open to anyone, with certain courses targeting beginner improvisers to those wishing to study jazz full-time. Full details can be found on the LCoM website but below are the brief outlines of the upcoming courses.

Jazz Brass Weekend - 25-26 April 2015

A fantastic opportunity for all brass players to gain valuable insight into improvisation, specific to brass technique. Covering aspects of blues, II-V-I progression, ear training, feel and instrumental technique; you will study with two of LCoM’s leading jazz tutors and brass specialists from our BA Jazz programme.  This two-day course is ideal for players who are perhaps intending to study music full-time or just building their confidence in general.  Working both with your tutors and a live rhythm section, you will learn how to improvise with increased fluency, whilst gaining knowledge of the repertoire and how your playing can best relate to it.  The weekend will conclude with an open rehearsal in front of an audience of friends and family.

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Jazz Improvisation Weekend - 9-10 May 2015

Develop your confidence and creativity in this step by step guide to developing jazz language and improvisation.  You will study the development of improvisation, jazz phrasing, chord scale relationships, understanding II V I harmony, guide tones, jazz lines, rhythmic development, jazz blues, rhythm changes and altered chords.  This intensive course is ideal for both the inexperienced improviser wishing to gain more knowledge, experience and confidence in improvisation, and for the seasoned improviser who wishes to take their jazz improvisation language to the next level.


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