Jazz ensemble playing
Time: 10:45 - 13:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MG608
Duration: 8 sessions (over 27 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop your listening skills from Jazz harmony and ear training 2 to include more unusual forms, extended and altered harmony. Expand your knowledge of jazz repertoire. This practical class features playing tunes and improvising over the study tunes. New knowledge and concepts will be applied directly to your instrument. While we operate online, you will be required to record yourself playing some assignments. Meetings on the dates for 2022 are likely to be at Keeley Street.
Meeting dates : 19th September, 17th October, 14th November, 12th December, 16th January, 6th and 27th February, 20th March.
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.
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
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 an 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 2 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 explore and learn the tunes. We will make and use backing tracks and play to each other in these live interactive sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All course materials supplied, posted in google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue to develop your skills through Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced, join a Big Band, or take part in future editions of Jazz woodshedding and Jazz repertoire courses.
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.