Soul and Jazz Ensemble classes

Group Size Groups of up to 15 participants
Styles Soul, Jazz
Skill Level intermediate
Suitability Ages 16 years and up
Pricing see website

Jazz ensemble: These classes are designed for students who wish to develop confident improvisation, aural and sight reading skills. They provide an ensemble-based environment for the development of personal jazz skills, along with an understanding of the dynamics at work in a small performance group. Typically there will be drums, electric bass, piano, horns (trumpet, alto, tenor) and guitar as the usual line-up. Other instruments are welcome (vibes, flute etc). During the term: Drummers will need to provide the following accessories: 2 x cymbal sleeves, 2 x cymbal felts, 1 x hihat clutch, 1 x hihat washer & felt. as well as your sticks and brushes. The rehearsal room will have a drum kit and cymbals, amps and piano.

Combining improvisation with work on arrangements, students gain skills on their instruments as well as increasing confidence for performing with other instrumentalists. As those various skills develop, students will be able to recognise and produce aspects that make up good ensemble playing.

Students will benefit from and enjoy working with other players of similar abilities, learning from each other as well as from the tutor.

Gaining flight hours in ensemble performance ensures that students can approach other ensemble situations with more assurance and ability.

Soul ensemble: These classes are designed to introduce the student to a broad range of classic Soul and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music styles. Key features of this broad genre are revealed through the performance of historically important repertoire from the 1950s/60s/70s through to the present era. Vocalists gain experience singing both lead and harmony parts, while rhythm section players learn to create authentic grooves that will move an audience. Horn players learn to work as a section, punctuating the music and provide contrast with the short solo improvisations endemic to the style.

Typically there will be up to 3 vocalists (doing both solo and BV’s), a rhythm section of drums, electric bass, keyboards, a horn section (trumpet, alto, tenor) and 2 guitarists.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
A 15 minute audition will be required to gain entry to the course

Sydney Conservatorium Of Music
Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW

Details last updated: August 23, 2023