jazz school UK CERTIFICATE AND diploma PATHWAY

Q WHAT ARE THE FEES AND PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS?

A If payment is by term in 6 instalments (2 x September £650, 2 x January £550, 2 x May £550) the cost of each programme is £3500. Or with 24 monthly instalments of £150 the cost is £3600.

 

Q HOW DOES THE JAZZ SCHOOL UK PATHWAY COMPARE WITH OTHER SIMILAR OFFERINGS?

A • teaching is carried out by professional players teaching at Conservatoire level
• the structure and content of the course are at least equal and in most cases superior to those offered by jazz degree courses
• our levels 1-2 are pre-university playing standard; our levels 3-4 are undergraduate and postgraduate playing standard
• following the normal pattern of education programmes, our system is based on a system of credits - one credit represents 10 hours of notional learning (a combination of contact hours and personal study) and each season represents 60 credits. Thus each Jazz School UK certificate and diploma represents 120 credits - the equivalent of a year of full-time study at a College, University or Conservatoire.
• as the course will not undergo any evaluation or validation by outside institutions the certificates and diploma we offer are not 'formal' qualifications, and none of the credits achieved can be transferred.
• In terms of fees, here are the comparative costs of 60 credits:
Open University module £2786
Conservatoire (one semester) £4500
Jazz School UK season £1750

Q Where do the sessions take place?

A The venue for the ensemble course days and lessons is the Shoefactory at Rushden, a beautiful Victorian building (with a grand piano in all three playing spaces), which is also the home of Jazz School UK founders Nick Weldon and Andra Sparks. More details, maps and links can be found on our About Us page.

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Learning at Jazz School UK is based on a specific set of skills (and related areas of understanding) needed for jazz small group playing. We organise these skills into 4 broad playing levels and our current Ensembles and Course Days are streamed accordingly.

Beginning in the 2017-18 season we are offering a CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMA PATHWAY. Our quick guide is here and details below:

 

Q WHAT IS IT?

A A structured pathway through 4 levels of learning. Each programme comprises 2 seasons of study, and depending on your level of jazz playing experience and knowledge you can choose from the following programmes:

• CERTIFICATE LEVEL ONE

• CERTIFICATE LEVEL TWO

• CERTIFICATE LEVEL THREE

• DIPLOMA LEVEL FOUR

Each programme is a standalone period of supported study - you may move on to the next playing level whenever you are ready.

While a student will ideally complete each programme in 2 consecutive seasons of study, we will also award a PART ONE after one season if a break in study is required.

 

Q WHAT IS IN EACH PROGRAMME?

A A combination of ensembles(s), 121 tutorials (either here at the venue or by Skype), course days, guided personal study and email contact.

 

Q HOW MUCH OF EACH?

A The Jazz School UK Pathway is a more intensive and personalised way of combining our regular activities (Ensembles, Course Days and 121 tuition) with guided personal study. The exact combination of activities to make up the season's work will depend on the requirements of the individual player, although generally we would expect each Certificate/Diploma student to be doing one regular ensemble, some Course and Pathway Days, and having regular individual lessons and email contact; in any case the contact hours in each season will amount to 120 hours. In practical terms this wil generally work out at 2 visits per month to Jazz School UK and 10 hours per week of guided personal study.