Our world-class tutors will nurture musicians (aged 13-18) to develop their jazz and improvisation skills within a creative and supportive environment.
To get the most of this course, we would recommend that musicians have reached grade 5 standard and have some experience of playing jazz and improvising.
Our jazz summer school will give aspiring young jazz musicians a chance to work on the various aspects of jazz practice, which may include style and groove, musicianship, technique, masterclasses, one to one lessons, career advice, jam sessions, listening and transcribing classes with our highly experienced Wells staff, all of whom are outstanding teachers and performers. Students will be placed in a band or workshop group according to their age, ability and experience.
You will have multiple opportunities to perform regardless of your skill level, but the highlight will be the end of the week concert on the Friday evening that is open to family and friends plus jam sessions throughout the week where you will have the opportunity to play alongside the tutors.
Whilst we encourage everyone to take part in all performances and activities, we will not force anyone to participate if they don’t want to do so for whatever reason. However, we hope our friendly and accepting community will lead all musicians to take part, even if it is slightly outside of their normal comfort zone!
Even professional musicians need a break from their instruments! With Wells Cathedral School’s outstanding facilities, you’ll have a range of activities to enjoy when you’re not making music…
Course tutors will generally be either full- or part-time teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, a government-recognised specialist music school that is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians. However, should our staff be unavailable for our jazz summer school, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.
7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.30am: Registration in Cedars Hall for both day and boarding students
9.00am: Group warm up
9.30am: Group workshop session 1
11.30am: Group workshop session 2
1.30pm: Jazz classes with tutors or individual lessons on request
2.30pm: Activities – sport, shopping, additional music
4.30pm: Full jazz group rehearsal
6.45pm: Jam session
7.45pm: Day pupils depart
8.00pm: Boarders’ Activities
9.30pm: Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)
The course costs £945 boarding and £745 day. The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day).
Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 1st May 2020. Bookings made after the 1st May 2020 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course.
We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:
If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834298 / [email protected]
We have, very reluctantly, decided that we need to cancel our summer schools for 2020 due to Covid-19. We have extensively explored all options, trying to find a viable solution. But sadly, we have come to the conclusion that there are too many variables outside of our control to run our summer courses this coming year. We are extremely disappointed but the safety and well-being of our participants and staff remains our primary concern in these exceptional times. Please see the link below for our 2021 dates.