Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: foundation

Course Dates: 26/09/20 - 05/12/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Location: Online

If you have a good understanding of triad harmony, read music and play your instrument well, this substantial course will introduce you to the jazz idiom and jazz musicianship.

Online assessments will be scheduled for mid August & early September. 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?

Learn to play and improvise over a variety of jazz tunes with confidence in your aural skills (hearing what you are going to play) and with a good understanding of harmonic structures (chords) and time feel (swing, funk and latin).

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?

- Rhythm: pulse, groove, off beats, groupings, cross rhythms, different time signatures
- Melody: intervals, major scale and modes, blues scale, and harmonic minor scale
- Phrasing: use of space, call and response, articulation, dynamics
- Harmony: triads, inversions, 7th chords, notation, chord scale relationships
- Repertoire: 4or 5 tunes each term drawn from a wide range of jazz, Latin and contemporary styles
- learn to function in the context of an ensemble
- establish practice methods
- pursue ear training systematically.

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

- Understand and use major scale in diatonic sequences
- Understand and use blues scale in blues sequences
- Understand and use chords I - VII from major scale
- Understand and use the minor II-V-I sequence.
- Understand and play in Latin and swing time
- take part in performances.

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

You should already understand basic harmony (triads, major and minor scale construction); be able to read and write music; be at a good standard on their instrument or voice, and capable of expressing musical ideas.
Minimum playing standard is to be able to play all 12 major and relative minor scales.
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?

There will be lots of playing, singing, clapping, ear training and listening to recorded examples. You will play and practise as a group, and complete some music writing assignments. There will also be some interactive lecture-style teaching with frequent opportunities for discussion.There will be regular opportunities to perform and to record your playing.

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

You will play your instrument and use manuscript paper every week, and build up a course file.
Additional reading or internet research may be suggested as the course progresses.

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

At the end of the course you can progress to intermediate jazz courses at City Lit, subject to your tutor's advice. You will also be ready to take part in jam sessions and gigs or form your own band.

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: MG601A

Sat, day, 26 Sep - 05 Dec '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £289.00
Senior fee: £289.00
Concession: £176.00

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.