Jazz & Rock Week

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Key information:

Course dates:
Sun 30 July – Fri 4 August 2023
Course times:
10am–5.30pm
Age:
14+
Art form:
Music
Fees:
£635
Deadline:
5pm, Sunday 9 July 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+) | Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Summer

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023

Ages 14+

Course Dates & Times

Sunday 30 – Friday 4 August 2023*
10am–5.30pm daily. The course will include optional evening activities for the course participants (7pm-9.30pm).

*2pm-6pm on Sunday 30 July  

The end-of-course concert will take place on Friday 4 August 2023.

About Jazz & Rock Week

This one-week in-person course is ideal for instrumentalists and singers who want to develop their skills in jazz, rock and world music, feel inspired and have lots of fun.

The course will be directed by Guildhall School Jazz department’s professor Scott Stroman, alongside professional musicians and expert teachers from Guildhall School. 

Who is the course for?

Anyone aged 14+ with a passion for music. Classes and groups will be allocated by participant ability. We recommend a minimum level of Grade 3 ABRSM or above in order to keep up to speed with the course, but we cater from this level all the way up to semi-professional.

What can I expect?

A friendly and vibrant week, consisting of instrumental and vocal workshops, jazz combos, rock bands, big bands, vocal groups, rhythm workshops, harmony and improvisation classes, as well as the opportunity to record in Guildhall School’s professional standard recording facilities.

There will be tutor concerts – a unique opportunity to see your course tutors in action as well as your very own ‘music club’ – an opportunity for Jazz & Rock participants to perform for each other during the week. Both of these will take place after the course ends each day and are optional to attend.

“Wonderful experience. Absolutely astounding standard of teaching."

– Zee, participant on Jazz & Rock Week, 2021

Course Fee

£635

Participation Bursaries are available for this course. (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 12 June 2023.)

Book Now
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023

Eligibility

  • For everyone aged 14+
  • Recommended minimum standard ABRSM grade 3+ or equivalent. No auditions required.
  • Participants must have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands.

About the Course Tutor

The course is directed by Scott Stroman, and taught by an experienced team of world-class jazz teachers from Guildhall and beyond.

Scott has been a Professor in the Jazz Department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1983. He was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School in 1988. He has won the BBC Big Band Contest six times and made four albums as director of the Guildhall Jazz Band, and teaches jazz composition, arranging and performance. He has led hundreds of courses and workshops in improvisation, performance, singing, world music, and conducting throughout the UK and Europe. He was music director for the Globe Music Exchange and director of the African and Gospel Music Workshop at the Dartington International Summer School, and is artistic adviser to the Escuela de Musica Municipal in La Coruña, Spain. His work has been featured on radio and television.

He has directed and presented many combined performance and education series and programmes on the music of Bach, Haydn, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Bartok, John Adams, Lutoslawski, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, gospel music, African music, Brazilian music and that of many other traditions and composers.

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