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BMus (Hons) with Principal Study in Jazz

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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Course options

  • Qualification

    BMus or MusB - Bachelor of Music

  • Location

    Guildhall School of Music and Drama

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-20

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Voice | Composition & Arranging | Clarinet | Double Bass | Drums | Electric Bass | Flute | Guitar | Percussion | Piano | Saxophone | Trombone (Tenor) | Trombone (Bass)| Trumpet | Tuba | Violin

The Jazz Department at Guildhall School is one of the most renowned and established of its kind. Now in its fourth decade, the Department comprises an inspirational team of professors who are uniquely placed to oversee the development of creative musicians. One of their key areas of focus is preparing improvising musicians for high profile careers in the music industry; at the core of the ethos is the teaching of musics around the jazz tradition, including Studio and World specialisms.

Through a dynamic and innovative curriculum, Head of Jazz Malcolm Edmonstone ensures that students are placed in a supportive and creative environment in order to gain the tools they need to thrive as they emerge as the artists of the future. The curriculum is broad in both style and discipline, and the Department celebrates the diversity of skill and experience required to forge a fulfilling life and career as an improviser.

Ensemble provision is key to the Department’s output, and students are placed in weekly, tutored bands called Integrated Combos. These sit alongside classes in Harmony, Improvisation, Jazz Rhythm, World Rhythm, Jazz History and Style and Lineage.

The Department provides a comprehensive programme of musicianship tailored for improvisers, including classes in Aural, Transcription and Keyboard Skills.

Students’ notational output is nourished in a wide-ranging programme of Composition and Arranging classes, from skills-based writing to small group composition, scoring for jazz orchestra and strings and woodwinds.

The School is unique in offering a permanent cross-departmental ensemble in the form of the Guildhall Studio Orchestra, combining rhythm section, big band, strings, orchestral woodwind and percussion. Alongside this sits the award-winning Guildhall Jazz Band, the Friday Jazz Orchestra and a project-based Ellington band.

The study of jazz vocals has long been a beacon of the Department’s offering; in addition to bespoke classes in Songwriting, two regular ensembles exist for students: the Guildhall Jazz Singers and a contemporary a cappella choir.

As a student on the BMus Jazz pathway, you join a long and illustrious list of some of Europe’s finest improvising musicians. At Guildhall School we place your specialism front and centre as we support both your core discipline and wider musicianship.

Principal Study lessons provide core instrumental and improvisational training and are tailored to your specific needs. In addition to specific jazz training, you will choose an additional study pathway of either Classical or Commercial music. These are designed to support instrumental and technical development, as well as specific notational and interpretative instrumental requirements.

The BMus syllabus

Within the BMus syllabus, you will receive the following specialist training:

  • Principal Study one-to-one jazz tuition
  • Jazz musical awareness/improvisation workshops
  • Jazz small bands
  • Jazz repertoire class
  • Jazz aural class
  • Big Band
  • Jazz Singers
  • Jazz keyboard skills
  • Jazz arranging class
  • Jazz history class
  • Jazz performance platforms
  • Rhythm class
  • Vintage jazz workshops
  • Contemporary jazz workshops
  • Jazz masterclasses with international visiting artists

Performance and communication skills are an essential part of the Jazz option. Individual artistic development is as important as the learning of the skills taught within the course.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 22,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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Students need to have GCE Advanced Level (A2) or Double GCE Advanced Level (A2 double units) with Pass (grades A-E). Students with Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE) or Double Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE double units) with Pass (grades A-E) will also be considered.

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University information

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Campus address

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Silk Street, City of London, EC2Y 8DT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    20th out of 85 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    147 68%

    25th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    47th

    13

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