Below you will find a list of the types of classes and modules that have been on offer at the Academy.
45 hours per year of one-to-one instrumental lessons culminating in an end-of-year recital.
Second Study (optional)
Provision is available for tuition on a second-study instrument (5 or 10 hours per year). You must apply to your tutor at the start of the academic year.
These comprise weekly workshops and culminate in a public performance. The programme of concerts will vary from year to year and provides a foundation of core knowledge, enabling you to undertake a broad and varied ensemble schedule throughout your studies.
Projects feature a wide range of repertoire, guest soloists, composers and directors. Each project culminates in an assessed public concert.
In an increasingly competitive musical profession, you will need to be equipped with the essential tools to flourish. We have excellent links with the jazz media and industry, resulting in regular seminars with journalists, broadcasters and record label owners. At the end of the BMus and Postgraduate Programmes there is a Professional Development Portfolio that includes many key skills and real-world examples, such as writing funding applications and press releases. You also have the chance to take electives in Principles of Education and Music in the Community, and to study for the additional LRAM teaching diploma.
Composition and Arranging
This core course has been designed to give students the tools and the confidence to continue composing when they have left the Academy.
Jazz Supporting Studies
This module provides opportunities for students to develop skills in writing two-stave short scores and fully notated piano parts, supporting the requirements of the C&A course.
Aural and Transcription
This course cultivates the aural skills that will underpin your improvisation and playing. You will learn to recognise and identify different chord qualities, modal sounds and key centres. You will also undertake regular transcription projects to internalise the vocabulary and phrasing of the great players in history.
Rhythmic Skills (Introduction and Advanced)
This introduces non-Western principles of rhythm drawn from Asian, African and Latin American traditions. The course aims to familiarise you with techniques of group co-ordination and with individual and collective learning methods appropriate to aural/oral methodologies.
Repertoire and Improvisation
You will learn a list of commonly played tunes by ear, all of which typify a particular harmonic or compositional device. You will then use these tunes to explore a variety of improvisational approaches and strategies.
This course explores the latest developments in interactive technology within live and recorded music. You will be encouraged to experiment through practical projects, and develop an integrated approach with software such as Ableton Live, Logic and various hardware pedals and controllers. You will also gain studio experience to explore the basic requirements and practical considerations of the recording environment
MMus follows the same modules as the MA, with the addition of a Master’s Project, which can be a concert with commentary, a recording-based project, a dissertation or a mixture of these. We will encourage you to pursue project work that is directly useful to and representative of your creative development.