Jazz Pathway

The Junior Conservatoire’s Advanced Course provides a holistic musical experience, enabling talented young musicians to develop their technical skills and musicianship through one-to-one lessons and group work with professional musicians.

The curriculum also provides opportunities for students to broaden their musical experience through musicianship, performance and critical listening activities.

Each student receives termly written reports on all their activities, as well as a specialist assessment on their Principal Study.

Individual Lessons

Weekly one-to-one lessons with a specialist tutor are at the heart of the Advanced Course curriculum. Your one-to-one tutor will devise a programme of work appropriate to your individual needs, which will include technical work and pieces taking in a range of jazz styles.

Specialist jazz tuition is offered on

  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Double Bass
  • Electric guitars
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • (Players of other instruments are advised to enquire about availability of tuition)

The principal study lesson is 45 minutes long. 60 minute lessons and individual tuition on an Additional Study are available for an additional fee.

General Musicianship

In addition to aural training, this class promotes a sound grasp of music theory, history, analysis and composition, all essential elements in the development of a fully-rounded musician. Students who need to work towards their ABRSM Grades 1-5 theory exams will focus on this during the General Musicianship class. Classes are delivered by composition and aural specialists.

Jazz History, Elements, Listening and Improvisation (JELI)

JELI classes encompass the study of jazz history and related genres through the investigation of key composers, instrumentalists and movements in jazz. In addition, students learn to analyse musical extracts and undertake jazz theory exercises focusing on the elements of jazz. (harmony, melody, rhythm, form and texture). Using a wide range of jazz recordings, students are encouraged to develop aesthetic and stylistic awareness as well as critical listening skills, and draw on these in developing their own improvisational style.

Jazz Ensemble

A key element of the Jazz Pathway is the Jazz Ensemble, and all principal study jazz instrumentalists automatically become members of this. Players are required to build strong awareness and experience of repertoire and performance practice as well as advanced improvisation, reading and transposition skills.

The Ensemble’s repertoire is drawn from jazz standards and other jazz idioms such as Be-Bop, Latin, trad jazz and modern jazz. The Ensemble performs as part of our Winter and Summer foyer concerts as well as our Lunchtime Concert Series.

Optional Activities

In addition to the core study elements outlined above, students can select one of a range of optional activities each term. Current options * include:

  • Improvisation class
  • Choir
  • ABRSM Aural Training
  • * Optional activities can vary from term to term