For many years, the Academy has produced the most outstanding array of exciting, versatile, creative and employable musicians to emerge on to the jazz scene.

We offer a supportive environment in which to learn and experiment with this extremely broad art form. We encourage our students to find their own creative voice and equip them with the skills needed to enable them to pursue a future as working jazz musicians.

At the Academy we offer Principal Study to both undergraduate and postgraduate jazz musicians on:

Piano | Saxophone | Trumpet | Trombone | Guitar | Bass (Electric and Acoustic) | Drum Kit | Voice | Vibraphone

We do accept applications for other instruments as well – if you are interested in studying jazz at the Academy and do not see your instrument listed above, please contact the jazz department administrator.

Jazz: Your Experience

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme


Emily Mould, Jazz Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email jazz@ram.ac.uk

Nick Smart

Head of Jazz: Nick Smart

Prominent jazz trumpet soloist and dedicated educator

Active performer in groups such as the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, James Taylor Quartet and the Stan Sulzmann Big Band

Director of Troyk-estra and founder of Nick Smart's Trogon

Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music since 2010, his work has been celebrated with the Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education in 2013

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@RoyalAcadMusic • May 28
Multi-instrumental #jazz undergrad @JCollierMusic premieres material from his new album at @villunderlondon tonight.
@RoyalAcadMusic • May 25
Congrats alumni @trishclowes #jazz, @meilyrjones #brass, Harriet MacKenzie #strings, all awarded @PRSFoundation Open Fund for Music Creators
@RoyalAcadMusic • May 25
Congrats to @laurenkvoice and @SadieHarrison6, awarded @PRSFoundation Women Make Music support. #composition #jazz
@RoyalAcadMusic • May 18
Playing now, #jazz undergrad @AlexanderBone with #piano alumnus @GwilymSimcock’s trio. twitter.com/AlexanderBone/…
@RoyalAcadMusic • May 17
Great to see #JuniorAcademy students Alex and Sheku on @BBCBreakfast. #jazz #strings twitter.com/maddiecastellp…
@RoyalAcadMusic • May 13
We’ll be watching @BBCYoungMus #jazz final on @BBCFOUR at 9pm, packed with Academy and #JuniorAcademy students/alumni.

‘At the Academy you are free to find and explore your own stylistic influences’

Nick Smart