Guildhall School of Music and Drama Jazz

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Jazz

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Jazz


Voice and all instruments

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.

Through a dynamic and innovative curriculum, Head of Jazz Malcolm Edmonstone ensures that students’ specialisms are at the core of the programme, surrounded by specialist support encompassing Performance, Scoring, Production and Education.

In addition to instrumental study, the Department has a proud heritage of training jazz vocalists and offers a tailored programme of study for this discipline. Certain specific classes are offered in order to support the unique needs of the contemporary singer, covering stylistic and notational elements.

The Department offers a comprehensive range of class teaching, including:

  • Harmony/Commercial Scoring/Notation – Malcolm Edmonstone
  • Advanced Improvisation – Gareth Williams
  • Lineage and Style – Barry Green
  • Aural/Brazilian Styles – Stuart Hall
  • World of Rhythm – Barak Schmool
  • Composition and Arranging/Conducting – Scott Stroman
  • Improvisational Process – Martin Hathaway/Malcolm Miles/Barry Green
  • Jazz Rhythm/Historical Context – Trevor Tomkins
  • Keyboard Skills – Kate Williams/Martin Hathaway
  • Production and Studio Technique – James Knight/Jules Jackson

Ensemble provision is a key part of the curriculum. Students participate in a comprehensive programme of combo projects, while the Department runs three discrete jazz orchestras, including the multi award-winning Guildhall Jazz Band.


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.