Time: 11:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG609
Duration: 5 sessions (over 9 weeks)
What is the course about?
A course for jazz instrumentalists and vocalists looking to develop their performance skills in a relaxed and practical setting. Explore jazz practice methods, and consolidate the work covered in Jazz harmony and ear training.
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?
- Rhythmic security
- Putting scales to work
- Making harmony work for you
- develop approaches to improvisation
- Developing a melodic concept
- Attention to style
- Playing patterns and licks through the keys.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Show improvement in your jazz playing
- Demonstrate organised approach to practice
- Demonstrate the ability to establish future practice goals
- Meet new material and new ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have either completed jazz harmony and ear training 2, or the intermediate jazz course, and have instrumental skill and a firm grounding in jazz theory.
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?
In these workshop sessions you will play your instrument for a lot of the time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Mark Levine Jazz Theory Book (pub. Chuck Sher) optional. We recommend you record some class activities, and your homework.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in further Jazz woodshedding and Jazz repertoire courses, or the longer Jazz harmony, ear training and ensemble playing course.
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.