Education

Summer Music Fun – Woodwind
Aug 15th – 17th, 11.30 – 13:30

Play as part of a woodwind ensemble in a variety of styles. Directed by me, woodwind specialist and multi instrumentalist.
Grade 5 minimum recommended
Ages 11 – 18
Cost £120
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Jazz Bites
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Ideal for anyone wanting to grow and develop their jazz playing and knowledge.

‘Jazz Bites’ is a weekly (during term time) zoom session on Tuesday evenings 7.45-8.25pm. Each week we look at a different jazz standard and the theory behind it and how to navigate our way around it with choice of notes.

I’ve structured this 40 mins Jazz Bites to supplement and enhance jazz improvisation and chord skills. When we learn jazz we are naturally hesitant and unsure about improvisation as there are no ‘written out’ notes so we can’t tell if what we are playing is right or wrong. Jazz Bites will give you more insight into jazz charts and their chords using standards, theory and originals. The more we look and play jazz improvisation the more confidence we gain and the more we get out of our own practice. Building up your chord vocab this way will make it way easier to improvise as you progress.
Learning from my personal jazz journey I actively shied away from practicing improvisation as I felt so under confident with it and as though I didn’t get how to look inside the piece or chords. As you know I am passionate about music and helping others to ‘get it’ so this group session will help you all in a relaxed yet structured weekly group session from the comfort of home. All you’ll need is a device to access zoom and your instrument. I will email any pdf’s you’ll need to print off in advance.
Sessions run weekly (during term time) on Tuesday evenings 7.45-8.25pm and are recorded for you to access them again or catch up if you miss.


Study with Hannah from anywhere in the world!
As well as teaching one to one, Hannah teaches via FaceTime internationally
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J Steps – a new and exciting jazz project for young female and non-binary identifying musicians

Directed by Hannah Horton for Saffron Centre of Young Musicians, a division of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama

What Kate (Head of SCYM) and Hannah (director of J Steps) say:
As you probably know, women have been a minority in jazz since the beginning, and there is a new energy in the UK jazz scene to address this inequality. There are more young female jazz instrumentalists who are making waves and challenging the status quo than ever but we still have a very long way to go. 
Young people have the power to change the future of music and we are inviting you to form a new band that meets for a couple of hours once a month on a Saturday afternoon, starting on June 26th 2.30pm – 5pm. The cost for each session is £25 and bursaries will be available. 
Members will play jazz standards in a group, as well as get support in learning more about improvising within jazz harmony, so that all players can grow in confidence when soloing. The band will be directed by saxophonist and educator Hannah Horton https://hannahhorton.com/

Musicians need to be of about grade 6 standard and above, but don’t need to have taken any exams. You should also be an experienced ensemble or group player interested in playing jazz to a higher standard. 
We would also like to include trips to gigs, masterclasses and recommended listening, as the band develops and performs more. As it’s the end of the day, drinks and food will always be provided at rehearsals.

We hope you are as excited about this new venture as we are, and if you’d like to register then please email kllewellyn@cym.org.uk and we can send you a registration form. 


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