Archive for the ‘Summer Schools’ Category

To all who love to sing: why not join the Vocal Pop & Jazz Days 2018

The VPJD are a week of singing vocal pop and jazz, held every other year in Kontakt der Kontinenten in Soesterberg, the Netherlands.
Edition 2018 will start on Sunday morning August 12th, 2018 with arrival at 9.30 and ends Saturday August 18th after breakfast.

We offer three great conductors: our ‘Dutch heroes’ Tijs Krammer (NL) and Merel Martens (NL), and our guest conductor Kerry Marsh (USA), who will give his very first European workshop with us!

Participants sing both in the big choir and in one of the three subchoirs of about 30 singers. Every choir works with all three conductors.
Extra ambitious singers can audition for our selection choir, in which 12 singers study extra songs and spend extra time with our guest conductor. This does mean they do not have time to also sing in the big choir.

In addition to rehearsals, we have workshops and labs at different levels, where we go deeper into several aspects of singing and conducting.

The official part of the week ends with a public presentation on Friday afternoon, followed by a private celebration in the evening. The program ends after breakfast on Saturday August 18th.

We hope to once again host 90 participants coming from over ten countries. Usually, between half and two-thirds of all participants have participated before. So there are always old friends to meet and new friends to make!
Come and join us?

More information and enrolment: see http://www.vpjd.nl


Read Full Post »

Summer Jazz Workshop (instrumental or vocal) in the South of France : Coartjazz

Coartjazz summer jazz workshop runs every August for 5 days in a wonderful perched village in the South of France near Nice (Int. Airport) with great well known tutors.

Dates: Check website for dates

Masterclasses and rhythm classes in the morning, theory classes or individual lessons in the afternoons, followed by jam sessions and a tutor concert the last night

You are an average or advanced musician you can register online on our sitehttp://www.coartjazz.fr or email me for further inquiry : jean-marie@coartjazz.fr

This workshops runs late August with a team of 5 well known artists. This summer school is for 9-10 students max,  intermediate or advanced musicians. Jam sessions every nights + concerts / Check our website http://www.coartjazz.fr – Mail :jean-marie@coartjazz.fr

Read Full Post »

New York Jazz Masters in Poland/ Trzebnica – International Workshops is a unique educational program taking place in Poland aimed at students of jazz music from all across the world. It features the most notable jazz musicians and professors from some of the best music schools in the United States, including The Manhattan School of Music, Columbia College, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Dave Douglas – trumpet http://www.davedouglas.com
Greg Osby – sax http://www.gregosby.com
Mark Soskin – Piano http://www.marksoskin.com
Rory Stuart – guitar http://www.rorystuart.com
Matt Penman – bass http://mattpenman.com/Site/Welcome.html
Greg Hutchinson – drummshttp://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Greg_Hutchinson.html

All faculty members are prominent jazz musicians whose longlasting careers include international tours and numerous acclaimed recordings. Students will be able to get first-hand knowledge and feedback from these masters without having to travel across the ocean. The workshops take place in Trzebnica (near Wrocław in Lower Silesia, Poland). Transportation from Wrocław International Airport will be provided by the organizers. We hope to see you in August!



Read Full Post »

A participant focused music course, centred primarily on jazz skills, that is open to musicians of all levels, abilities and ages.

Course runs for a week in July at

Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire

Check website for exact dates.


Read Full Post »

Every year in July
Tutors: Paul Eshelby and Nick Care

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy and share your love for the sound of the Big Band in the company of the like-minded. We’ll cover a wide range of repertoire under the expert guidance of Paul Eshelby, trumpeter with the BBC Big Band, who has played with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Phil Collins via Shirley Bassey. There will be sectionals, and visiting tutors will also give some solo coaching. We’re looking for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drum players of intermediate standard upwards, and we’ll be working alongside the Big Band Singing Summer School. We begin at 7 pm on the first day and finish after breakfast on the final day. And naturally, automatic right of entry to the annual A Night of Jazz concert on Thursday 24 July is included.

Every summer in July
Tutors: Check website/ brochure

If you’ve ever yearned to sing with the sound of a Big Band behind you, then here’s your chance. Working under the guidance of Anton Browne and Jenny Howe, two of the finest Big Band singers around, you’ll explore and develop vocal techniques relevant to the genre, study the art of stagecraft and presentation, discover how to make a well-known song your own, and learn about microphone technique and singing in harmony. We’d like you to prepare two standard songs from the repertoire and to bring along chord charts. We’ll provide songs and duets too. A portable CD player and some kind of recording machine will also prove useful. We begin at 7 pm on the first day and finish after breakfast on the final day. And of course you get free entry to the A Night of Jazz concert on Thursday 24 July, an occasion which always buzzes.

Read Full Post »

The Jazz Summer School includes:

Singers’ Weekend
A unique large group workshop for singers from all backgrounds, working on jazz, gospel, African and world music. Led over two days by Scott Stroman, Lee Gibson, Gitika Partington, Lucky Moyo and guests, it culminates in a concert with a great band on the Sunday night. No music reading necessary—all learned and performed by ear!

One Week Jazz & Rock Course
The long-running course for instrumentalists and singers begins on the Sunday evening and finishes with a huge concert on the Friday evening. All ages and abilities, and all instruments and vocalists, are welcome. The course includes jazz & rock bands and combos, big bands, vocal groups, classes in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, instrumental and vocal classes, rock and Latin workshops, computer music. In the evenings there are tutor concerts and “the Club” – it’s a busy and vibrant week. Classes and rehearsals run from 10am until 5:30pm daily, followed by Tutors’ concerts from 7-8pm and the Club from 8:15-10pm.

“Thoroughly enjoyable… it enabled me to learn many new skills and techniques.” Singers’ Weekend participant 2012

“I learnt a lot of valuable lessons from the week and was inspired by some incredible people.” One Week Jazz & Rock Course participant 2012

The Guildhall Jazz and Rock Summer School has something for everyone, at every age and level of experience, in a wide range of styles embracing jazz, rock, latin, funk, gospel, blues, studio music and more. It’s a fun, happy, encouraging and vibrant place to try something new or expand your skills. Auditions are not required.

For more information, visit http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/musicsummerschools or email jazz@gsmd.ac.uk

Read Full Post »

World-class tutors, state-of-the-art facilities, beautiful Cornwall: University College Falmouth and Yamaha have come together to create one of the hottest new jazz summer schools in the country.

The course enables you to choose your own programme of study, work with top jazz musicians, form your own bands and record your music, all in our brand new, purpose-built Performance Centre. Whatever your previous experience, we aim to further your skills, your understanding and your appreciation of jazz, all in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course tutors will also be performing gigs in the evenings, giving you a great chance to hear some top jazz names all as part of the package. Following the gigs, you’ll be free to socialise in the on-site bar and café.

  • Please note that pianists are over booked on this course in the small band sessions. They do however offer an instrument each with each group – a piano plus an electronic Stage Piano. This is regardless of ability.





Read Full Post »

Older Posts »