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


Winner of the 2018 Richard Turner Jazz Fund announced


Congratulations to student Jonny Mansfield, who has been awarded the 2018 Richard Turner Jazz Fund


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


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


Jazz Composers’ Big Band

25.03.2018 日曜日 18:30, Duke’s Hall

Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) from the Academy’s Box Office The Academy’s Jazz Department has been st...

Jazz Ensembles free

19.04.2018 木曜日 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy jazz students perform music on which they have been working with a variety of distinguished visiting musicians

Jazz Ensembles free

24.04.2018 火曜日 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy jazz students perform music on which they have been working with a variety of distinguished visiting musicians


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Nick Smart