Big Band recording project

Course Dates: 18/09/21 - 04/12/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
Big Band players may keep up your practice and contribute to recordings of arrangements in the repertoire we maintain. Class meetings and coaching will be live online.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00

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Course Code: MG607A

Started Sat, day, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will attempt to recreate, as nearly as possible, the process of ensemble playing using tunes from
our established Big Bands repertoire.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Using this repertoire, students will record their individual parts which will be combined into a recording of the complete arrangement. This way of working facilitates analysis and appreciation of the content of complex arrangements.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Play a part within an ensemble with confidence, having developed your reading and interpretation of this genre of music.
Rehearse and record yourself effectively at home.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need to be able to read, play and interpret music at a minimum standard of grade 5. Preferably you have experience of Big Band playing, and are accustomed to jazz and Latin styles.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online activity-based course. We will examine and rehearse sections of the arrangement. Then you practise your part and, when ready, record it at the agreed tempo (bpm). You submit the recording and the tutor will combine recordings into a performance of the arrangement. Much of the work and practice will be undertaken
outside of the class time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a computer with a built-in or external mic, headphones, speakers, and a means of recording yourself playing.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Big Band rehearsals at Keeley Street will resume as soon as the college deems it safe to host ensemble activities.

Simon Henry

Simon played piano, recorder and clarinet at school. While training as an architect, he started teaching himself alto sax and played in rock and punk bands and on demos. With friends, Simon formed studio band Haysi Fantayzee, started an 8-piece band that gigged on the university circuit, and joined Jamie Wednesday, which recorded and regularly gigged around the country. When Jamie Wednesday folded, Simon focused on performing as a saxophonist, especially with the Tony Douglas Big Band, and also studied conducting, harmony and flute. He became director of the Music Works Big Band in Brixton, which evolved into The BAC Big Band, and co-ran a weekly jam session in Great Portland Street that attracted many rising players on the London jazz scene. His house band, Raising Standards, evolved into Volume One, a septet performing original compositions. After a PGCE at Goldsmiths, Simon taught at Battersea Technical College, Ilford County High School and Hackney Free and Parochial School, and became tutor for City Lit Big Bands, which he has directed since 1996. He has also taught woodwind at Morpeth Secondary School, Highbury Fields School, and City & Islington College.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.