Jazz

Since our jazz course started 30 years ago, we have produced an outstanding array of versatile, creative and employable jazz musicians.

We support students to thrive in the profession and to find their unique creative voice which will speak across their improvising, composing and arranging work. We do this through a full and varied course that covers many aspects and forms of jazz and its meeting points with other genres. We foster an encouraging environment in which to learn and experiment within this extremely broad art form, equipping students with all the skills they need as a working musician. Thanks to the scale, focus and personal approach of our training, students get frequent performance opportunities. Regular ensemble projects and our annual Jazz Festival, offer students the chance to work intensively with some of the finest jazz players in the world.

The Academy offers Principal Study on:

  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Guitar
  • Bass (Electric and Acoustic)
  • Drum Kit (Jazz Percussion)
  • Voice
  • Vibraphone

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

See also

Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Fees and Financial Support
Open Days

Contact

Emily Mould, Department Administrator and Project Manager
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

Latest News

Autumn 2018 Booking Now Open

08.07.2018

We are delighted to announce our autumn season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music. Highlights i...

Latest Blog

Head of Jazz Nick Smart introduces Royal Academy of Music at the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival

03.11.2017

Nick Smart introduces two exclusive rehearsal videos from last year's concert with Norma Winstone, celebrating the legendary singer's 75th birthday. The Academy performs at this year's EFG London Jazz Festival

Upcoming Events

Jazz Harp and Chinese Erhu

04 October 2018 6:30pm, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Two musicians bring their years of multifarious experiences together for a moment in time

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