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.
09.00 Morning ‘warm up’ with instruments
09.30 Instrumental coaching OR chord/scale/harmony class
10.30 Combo/band workshop – repertoire
11.30 Free time
12.00 Individual instrumental tuition/coaching
15.00 Jazz listening and transcribing classes
16.00 Free time (afternoon activities)
17.00 Small band rehearsal time
18.00 Dinner (BBQ)
19.00 Evening activity/rehearsal or jam session or big band workshop
20.00 Evening wind-down/free time (age dependent)
Who is the course for?
Our jazz summer school is for musicians aged 13-18. 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.
The course costs £895 residential and £695 non-residential. The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for non-residential).
How to apply