course structure

The year will consist of 3 terms; with each term consisting of 10 dates.

Each date will consist of 3 hour blocks with the course being delivered at two different levels during the day: beginner - to intermediate; and intermediate to advanced:

  • Beginner - Intermediate block: 9.30am - 12.30am
  • Intermediate to advanced block: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

note: A 'beginner' is defined as a player with little or no experience either as a band member (Jazz & Popular music genres) and/or improvisation experience.

A 3 hour block will consist of the following:

  • 9.30am - 11.30am: At the class level: warm up exercises, reading exercises, technique exercises including articulations, sectional playing, improvisation instruction with reference to DGK/DGG/JAZZKLUB programme material.
  • 11.30am - 12.30pm: all convene in one room for a DGK rehearsal/workshop.

note: the same format in the afternoon but at a higher level

Class Reading: as an exercise, each class would be presented with something to read for which there has been no preparation. In view of copyright, this is likely to be a made up thing (a tune or otherwise) which keeps all players in the class engaged and challenges them to sight read. It could be lines, chord charts, drum charts...whichever way that music can be presented in written form. If this is done within the context of instrument classes then backing tracks could be used. However, there is scope for the rhythm section to come together for an hour (10.30 - 11.30) and that could open up further scope for reading challenges. Beyond that, there should be recommended books to help with reading; and there should be exercises online. Perhaps each teacher needs to create their own resources for online use. Perhap these could be published later on?