Below are a few examples of what can be studied at Jazz Workshop, at various levels.
Students of all ages start by learning to play songs that they enjoy and recognise, while learning to read sheet music and becoming accustomed to note values, chords, and musical loops. Each student is given exercises to practice for technique at home.
As you progress, music theory is explained together with the music you are playing, which makes theory understandable and interesting. Natural composition and self-expression is encouraged and talent is nurtured.
It is important to add that our lessons are enjoyable, and form an excellent basis for the continued love of music throughout life.
Students who are already playing and want to progress further, study standard chord progressions and related scales, following on to accompaniment, improvisation and composition are encouraged to join us.
Advanced students study the 12- bar blues progressions and proceed to study the numerous scales, the use of modal scales, the blues and pentatonic scales, arpeggios and chromatic scales. We also progress through various chord families, as in the major and minor scales and we look into simple and compound time signatures. You will be taught to apply all that you learn in a friendly and encouraging environment.
Not everyone has the same requirements, and students have a choice of what they will learn. Specific requirements for individual students are catered for. Students have an option to learn to play, (or sing) all, or only part of the courses offered.
Natural composition and improvisation is always encouraged and comprehensive musical tuition is always available to all students during their lessons.
Pricing for all students is R796.00 for every 4 weeks, and lessons take place once a week for half an hour (or one hour by arrangement). Students are given music to practice at home through the week. All lessons are individual on a one-to-one basis.
We have numerous pianos available for students’ use. For electric guitar students, there are amplifiers available for use in the lessons. We have a double-bass available for lessons, and our drum studio has 2 drumkits, one for the student and one for the teacher. Instruments are also available to purchase at the best prices in our shop. Please enquire.