Falmouth University Jazz Summer School
First-class tutors, amazing state-of-the-art facilities, and a beautiful Cornish setting: Falmouth University and Yamaha come together to host one of the most exciting jazz summer schools in the UK.
Running over six days in August and led by a first class team of jazz players and educators, the Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School supports jazz players from a wide range of backgrounds and experience seeking to further their skills, understanding, and appreciation of jazz.
Sessions on a range of key jazz techniques, topics, idioms and styles run throughout the six days, culminating in a final night concert which is open to an invited audience of family and friends. A high point of the week is a special masterclass and concert by a visiting Yamaha jazz artist.
Working in a concentrated yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the combination of the course, tutors, and facilities make for a stimulating and creative musical experience.
Who is the course for?
The course is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists who are keen to explore and develop new skills in their jazz playing. This is a chance for players from a wide range of learning and background to make new discoveries with improvisation, repertoire, and performance.
The summer school thrives on bringing people with a wide range of age and experience to the course – from younger dedicated and enthusiastic music students to older devoted part-time or semi-pro jazz players. This rich diversity of members creates a stimulating, fun and supportive learning experience.
There are no entry requirements as such, apart from a minimum age of 14 years. However, the course is not for complete jazz beginners and requires some familiarity with the basics of jazz harmony, rhythm and song form.
To confirm this basic ability, and to help the organisation of the various tutor groups, each player is asked to fill in a self-assessment form which outlines their understanding and experience of key aspects of jazz language and skill.