Jazz Education Blog

Here you can read the latest blog entires relating to Jazz Services' Education section, from our own staff and from our friends in the industry.

Monday, 01 December 2014 15:34

Will Michael Awards 2014 - report

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Ivor Widdison, Chair of Jazz Services' Education panel, has written a full report on the recent Will Michael Jazz Education Awards.  This year's awards were notable for their inclusion for the first time in the EFG London Jazz Festival, and were held on the 22nd November. = = = = = SWINGING HUBS On 22 November Bournemouth & Poole (SoundStorm), Bromley, East Renfrewshire, Manchester (One Education Music), Oxfordshire, Hampshire and…
Monday, 15 September 2014 16:28

Will Michael Awards for Jazz Education 2014

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The Will Michael Awards for Jazz Education will this year be held on Saturday 22nd November, and for the first time are included in the programming for the EFG London Jazz Festival. Nick Smart directs the RAM Big Band The awards celebrate the excellent work done by jazz music educators across the UK, and are hosted by the Royal Academy of Music in collaboration with Jazz Services and the National…
The following post comes courtesy of Ivor Widdison, Chair of Jazz Services Education Panel. As part of Jazz Services' continuing commitment to improving the standards and opportunities for jazz education in the UK, Ivor addresses the concerns raised by the content of the new GSCE syllabus for music and its potential impact on aspiring musicians - jazz and otherwise - and invites readers to contact the Department of Education. The…
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:35

Working Lives in Black British Jazz

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Jazz Services is pleased to publish the attached report, entitled Working Lives in Black British Jazz.  The report was written by Prof. Mark Banks (Leicester University) Jill Ebrey (scholar and affiliate of the joint ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change) and Jason Toynbee (Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at The Open University) and was published by the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change at The Open University. The report was officially…
The Incorporated Society of Musicians has recently launched a campaign rallying against proposed cuts to music education in the UK.  As their 'Protect Music Education' website states, "The Department for Education has launched a consultation in which they recommend that local authorities stop funding music services, saying that there are other sources of funding now available...What is not explained is that the national funding for Music Education Hubs is already…
Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:06

Invitation to participate in musicians' health study

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This guest blog is written by Naomi Norton, a PHD student at the Royal Northern College of Music who is conducting some research into health issues faced by musicians.  These sorts of studies are extremely useful in gathering information that can be put to practical and beneficial use, in many different situations and for many different people.   The majority of Naomi's respondents to date are from the classical field, so…
Friday, 01 November 2013 14:47

Jazz Summer Schools: anything goes, or does it?

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Jazz Summer Schools are over for another year.  For many participants they have a social as much as a subject appeal.  What happens when things become too social?  Adult music summer schools are not regulated as to education/training quality or “pastoral” experiences.  Literally anybody can start one up.  Just advertise one or two well known and popular jazzers as tutors, select a convenient and/or attractive venue and off you go.…
Friday, 11 October 2013 15:58

Will Michael Jazz Education Awards 2013 - report

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On Thursday 10th October, the 2013 Will Michael Jazz Education Awards were held at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  Presented by Jazz Services, and in association with the National Music Council Music Education Awards Scheme, they are awarded to Hubs and Music Services around the UK and celebrate the efforts made by educators to ensure jazz is given a fair hearing in classrooms and curriculums across the land.…
Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:02

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy

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Rebecca Redfern is Music Manager at HMDT (Hackney Music Development Trust) Music.  She has kindly taken the time to write a few words about the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy - set up by pianist and Jazz Services supporter Julian Joseph - which will shortly be holding student auditions for its autumn 2013 term... = = = = = "It’s Not Just Playing Jazz, It’s Living Jazz…" In 2012 the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy…
The following extract comes from an article in the recent March issue of Music Teacher magazine - Tony Haynes offers an intriguing and in-depth insight into the art of improvisation... GO PLAY Some people put improvisation and jazz in the same bracket – perhaps not synonymous, but certainly closely related. In fact, improvisation is integral to a great many other musical forms – even, once, classical music. Tony Haynes explains…
Jazz Services has revceived the following press release from our friends at NYJO, with news of the expanded rehearsal structure for the organisation. NYJO is also advertising for the hiring of a new MD for the NYJO Jazz Ensemble - further details and application information can be found on their website at the following link: http://www.nyjo.org.uk/nyjo-recruiting-md-for-the-nyjo-jazz-ensemble NYJO announces its new configuration – NYJO and The NYJO Academy  Following an extraordinarily…
On 27 November, at the Royal Academy of Music, Academy Principal, Professor Jonathan Freeman –Attwood presented Bournemouth & Poole, East Renfrewshire, Manchester, Oxfordshire and Southampton with Diplomas of Merit for their outstanding commitment to jazz education in 2011/12; and Mike Ketley, Yamaha Music Europe – UK Managing Director presented a Diploma of Special Merit and a Yamaha Trophy to Devon by way of a reward for a remarkable record of…
Friday, 05 October 2012 15:55

Jazz in Wales between the Wars - by Jen Wilson

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Jen Wilson, founder of Jazz Heritage Wales has written an extensive and enlightening document on the country's history and connection to jazz in the mid-war years.  "Jazz in Wales between the Wars 1919-1939: fascists, feminism, fashion and some o’ that Old Time Religion" can be downloaded in full below, and the opening few paragraphs are below.  For more info, visit the Jazz Heritage Wales webstie: www.jazzheritagewales.smu.ac.uk - - - - - "There is…
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