Jazz ensemble playing

Course Dates: 20/09/20 - 21/03/21
Time: 10:45 - 13:45
Location: Online

If you already play jazz and have substantial understanding of jazz harmony, come and develop your aural, harmonic and rhythmic sense through practical study of jazz standards, improvisation and transcribed solos. The next online assessment date will be Saturday 15th August. Apply to music@citylit.ac.uk.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

Develop your listening skills from Jazz harmony and ear training 1 to include more unusual forms, extended and altered harmony, and expand your knowledge of jazz repertoire. This practical class features playing tunes and improvisation over the study tunes. New knowledge and concepts will be applied directly to your instrument.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Understanding more unusual compositional forms
- Extending rhythmic and melodic awareness
- Study more advanced bass line movements (e.g. tritone substitution) and extended/altered voice-leading
- Further scale options including melodic minor
- Practice improvising on the study tunes
- jazz standards, bebop blues, modal pieces, rhythm changes, Bossa nova, and contemporary rep
- rehearse as a small or large group.

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

- Enjoy a greater knowledge of compositional forms and repertoire
- Advance your improvising and ability to work well in a small ensemble
- Be confident about playing in public.

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

You should have completed Jazz harmony and ear training 1 or have equivalent experience. You should be able to improvise already and show a good understanding of the jazz idiom.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English and staff notation.

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

You will be taught through group listening, discussion and singing of relevant musical lines and parts, class exercises (dictation and chord recognition) to learn the tunes in the first hour, and ensemble practice in the second hour.

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

Lionel Grigson, Practical Jazz (Stainer and Bell) and Mark Levine, Jazz Theory Book (ChuckSher) recommended.

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

You may wish to continue developing your skills through Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced, subject to tutor approvel, join City Lit Big Band 2, or tgake part in the Jazz woodshedding and Jazz repertoire short courses.

Tutor Biographies
Cerys Hogg Tutor Website

Cerys Hogg is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Whilst studying Fine Art, specialising in performance art and installation, she developed her musical skills through performing as a jazz vocalist, drummer and pianist. A scholarship allowed her to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the post-graduate Jazz and Studio Music course. Here she specialised in jazz voice developing a personal approach to improvisation, harmony and arranging. Currently Cerys is combining her work as both multimedia artist and musician. She performs in KOGG, an experimental electronic music duo with fellow City Lit tutor, Selena Kay. Together they create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are in the process of creating an album. An experienced teacher with a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Cerys has a reputation for delivering entertaining and engaging classes. She has a drive to demystify the elements of music, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience for all.

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.

Check your level

Course Code: MG608

Sun, day, 20 Sep - 21 Mar '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 27 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £169.00
Concession: £103.00

Before booking on this course, we'll need you to log in or register with us if you're new. Please then contact us for a chat with our team to check that this course is the right level for you.
Why do I need an advice session?

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.