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



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



Auditions 2016


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

Nick Smart