Music academy, camps & tours

 

We still have some vacancies for lessons on all instruments.

Vacancy for school-age drummers in Tuesday and Wednesday combos. Limited space for new horn players or piano/guitar also in some of the combos. Contact us to apply.

 

Ensembles, Music Lessons & more

At the Jazz Workshop students have the opportunity to learn how to play jazz in one of our bands, under the direction of one of our expert teachers. We also offer traditional private music lessons and individual jazz improvisation tuition.

We are a music school offering both traditional music lessons as well as a unique stream specializing in teaching jazz and improvised music. We provide community and opportunity to keen students of any age and level.

We offer a full range of bands and courses for everyone. See the bands page for details. Talented young musicians can also audition for our high performance program in one of the JWA Academy ensembles. These provide a fast-track to success for the most motivated and talented students in a stimulating, challenging environment.

Not just jazz

We have teachers for students of all levels and all ages. We offer traditional classical, exam-based lessons and jazz-focused lessons.

How to become a better jazz player

One of the most important aspects of jazz is that it is best done with other people. Jazz involves improvised interaction in real-time between musicians. It is a wonderful and powerful skill to have. You can’t practice this kind of responsive interaction by yourself. That makes playing in an ensemble a must. You need experience playing in a jazz band; not a big band or “stage band”, but a small, improvising group. Big bands are important too, and great fun, but they are focused on different things and teach different skills.

If you’d like to get good at playing jazz, you will also need to practice both technique (how to make your instrument work, and how to control is so as to express yourself) AND improvisation (“soloing” and the skills and techniques that jazz improvisers use). Jazz playing is not just “from the heart”, and is not just something that “you just have” or “don’t have”. Good jazz players work at it. It isn’t magic, it is the culmination of practice and experience over time.

 

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