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YMF Jazz Education Programme Summer School For Young Instrumentalists and Singers

So what's happening?

On 22nd, 23rd and 24th July the acclaimed Jazz Education Programme from York Music Forum are running a Jazz Summer School for young musicians at Vale Of York Academy in York.

We've put together a tutor team of amazing professional jazz musicians who will run sectional rehearsals for the instruments they play. This way the Summer School attendees will receive specialist tuition, help and guidance on the instrument they play.

In the evening of the 24th July there will be a concert at the Jack Lyons Concert Hall at York University showcasing the music worked on during the Workshop.

What's the York Music Forum Jazz Education Programme?

Our Jazz Education Programme takes young musicians from having never played jazz before to improvising freely and with confidence. Our young musicians also learn to play in together in smaller jazz combos, big bands, funk bands and eventually in our award-winning jazz orchestra plus they can have one-to-one tuition with professional jazz musicians.

‚ÄčIn March we were finalists at the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

Our Jazz Orchestra performed at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2019 as part of the prestigious Music For Youth Proms.

The YMF Jazz Education Programme provides 5 and a half hours of jazz education every week during term time.

So what will happen at the Summer School?

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the iconic Blue Note record label and we'd like to celebrate that by focusing on some of the amazing jazz compositions that have been performed in Blue Note sessions... some of the coolest material in jazz history!

Before the Summer School, attendees will receive the sheet music to have a look so they can feel as comfortable as possible in rehearsals. They will also be given some pre-Summer School reading all about Blue Note Records along with a playlist of the cool compositions we'll be working on!

During the morning sessions the tutor team will work with their young musicians in instrument-specific sections to rehearse the compositions giving tuition and guidance on their chosen instrument or voice. In the afternoons we will bring the sections together to develop the pieces as a group.

Who's the Summer School suitable for?

The Summer School is suitable for young instrumentalists and singers aged between 12 and 18 who play instruments of the following types:

  • Brass
  • Woodwind
  • Rhythm Section (piano, bass, drums and guitar)
  • Singers

It would be anticipated that the attendees would have reached a standard of approximately ABRSM Grade 4 and above (they don't need to have passed an exam just to be approximately at that standard).

Who's in the tutor team?

  • Ian Chalk: Brass and Big Band Director
  • Tim Carter: Drums and Percussion
  • Kate Peters: Vocals
  • Ben Lowman: Saxes and other Woodwind
  • Martin Longhawn: Piano
  • John Marley: Bass and Guitar

All our tutors are professional jazz musicians and experienced educators and DBS checked.

How much does the Summer School cost?

The fee for attending the Summer School is £100 for the 3 days although we are aiming to provide 5 subsidised places for young musicians who receive free school meals or pupil premium.

Where do I sign up?

Thank you!

And thanks to

for their support in running the Summer School!

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