Jazz Improv Class

The popular Jazz Improv Course at Newpark Academy of Music is taught by some of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians and offers a pathway for musicians to enter the world of jazz improvisation. During the course students will have the unique opportunity to work in an in-depth way on improvisation techniques and jazz standards, and will develop practical rhythmic tools to connect with the rhythm section.

The Jazz Improv Course is a welcoming and non-judgmental environment, participants will be encouraged to play and improvise. Students will have the unique opportunity to work in-depth on improvisation techniques, learning jazz standards, practical rhythmic tools to connect with the rhythm section and much more. The major stylistic eras of jazz will be covered through a variety of repertoire introduced to the ensembles weekly by each teacher. Each student will learn to understand the role of their instrument/voice within an ensemble context.

International lecturers will visit throughout the duration of the course, to share their experienced insights and knowledge with students, helping them broaden their understanding of jazz music and its contribution to global culture.

A working knowledge of reading musical notation is advantageous, but not a necessity to apply for this course.

Jazz Recital

A recital must be performed at the end of each term for completion of the Jazz Improv Course.
This must include at least 1 original composition and arrangements of any jazz standards from the diverse repertoire covered throughout the term. Each ensemble will arrange a 30-minute performance.

The recital will be recorded in an audio/visual format.
Each group will also have the opportunity to perform in bi-annual public performances.

Learning Outcomes

1. Learning the basic concepts of Jazz Improvisation
2. Understanding chord symbols, rhythmic notation, articulation, and dynamics
3. Be conversant with a core jazz repertoire, covering major and minor blues, Latin, swing, ballad playing, modal, funk and rhythm changes
4. Be familiar with harmonic and rhythmic devices necessary for the performance of the repertoire
5. Comping, solo-ing ideas, trading, development of intros and outros, listening skills and much more
6. A knowledge of the broad periods of the history of jazz and appropriate repertoire
7. Develop critical thinking and an ability to arrange and compose music for group performance


Classes take place one night a week, on Monday or Wednesday evenings at 19:30 -21:30.

Monday Night Class lead by:

Daniel Soro Guitarist & Ensemble Teacher.

Wednesday Night Class lead by:

Andrew Csibi - Bass & Ensemble Teacher

Tom Harte - Guitar & Ensemble Teacher

Brian Wynn - Tenor Saxophone & Ensemble Teacher.

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