The first year provides a grounding in all aspects of music. One-to-one lessons in performance focus on instrumental/vocal technique, and you´ll also benefit from workshops in rhythm and improvisation, jazz theory and harmony classes and aural analysis. You´ll study composition - notation, arranging, free composition and music technology, and musicology - history, style and context. You´ll also benefit from a study of the music of other cultures in our Global Music module.
The focus is employability; as a professional musician, you´ll need to be industry-aware, and the option to undertake a work placement supports this in your second year. You´ll embark on Jazz Studies 1 and 2 - critical listening, transcription and arranging, and Performance - one-to-one lessons, solo and group performance workshops. Optional modules include Composition and Music Research, where you´ll focus on music in its cultural contexts and undertake fieldwork in the area of jazz practice.
Throughout the course, working as an ensemble is fundamental to the process of learning, both through small and large groups. As you progress, greater performance independence is encouraged. In Performance, you´ll experience advanced solo and group performance workshops, plus public performances. In Jazz Studies 3 and 4, you´ll investigate issues in jazz and jazz performance, as well as undertaking independent jazz research in your chosen area. In Composition (optional), you´ll undertake a project-based composition for jazz ensembles. Independent Study (optional) comprises a creative/practical research project or dissertation.