Jazz Programme

This exciting new programme at Rata School of Music is organised and run by Leigh Jackson, former Principal Lecturer in jazz piano and jazz guitar at Massey University Jazz School for 18 years. Leigh has a great reputation at home and abroad as a performer too.  We consider ourselves very lucky to have someone with his experience and reputation in charge and expect his Jazz lessons to book up quickly.

Leigh is running three programmes which are designed to run together but can be taken separately too. The first part of the programme is a jazz theory course (which will run for a term) which then leads onto part 2, improvisation and part 3, playing with others in a combo and coached by Leigh.

Each part of the course is being offered at a beginners, intermediate and advanced level. Of course, if you have studied jazz theory before and want to jump straight into the improve course or combo coaching that is fine too but we do recommend you feel confident in your theory first to get the most out of the programme. Leigh has an amazing knowledge of theory so here is a great opportunity to really get to grips with it!

In term 4 the focus will be on working towards a gig and recording some numbers you’ve been working on in the brand new state of the art recording studio on site.

Course Outline and Schedules

Jazz Theory 

In this class we will explore how Jazz is structured and the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements that underpin it. Subjects explored in detail include jazz scales, chromaticism, chord construction, understanding jazz progressions, harmonising standards and the connection between chords and scales.
An understanding of basic classical music theory and knowledge of scales on your instrument are essential. Rudimentary keyboard skills would be useful but not essential.

Timing
Start: 6th May  2017
Finish: 3rd July
NB No class on 3rd June due to Queen’s Birthday weekend
Saturday early afternoons (actual times tbc)
Location
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms
Teacher
Leigh Jackson
Target Market
Mid-teens – adult
Price/Student
(incl GST)
$200 for 9 weeks Term 2
Registration
Continuing/returning enrolment?
proceed to the returning enrolment form
New enrolments:
enrol online

 

Jazz Improvisation 

A practical course where we deal with the elements needed to be able to improvise. Scales, patterns, rhythmic skills, listening and ear training will all be covered.
A degree of fluency on an instrument is essential but prior improv experience not needed.

Timing
Start: 6th May  2017
Finish: 3rd July
NB No class on 3rd June due to Queen’s Birthday weekend
Saturday early afternoons (actual times tbc)
Location
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms
Teacher
Leigh Jackson
Target Market
Mid-teens – adult
Price/Student
(incl GST)
$225 for 9 weeks Term 2
Registration
Continuing/returning enrolment?
proceed to the returning enrolment form
New enrolments:
enrol online

 

Jazz Combo

A practical course covering the skills required to play in a small jazz combo. We will explore the standard jazz repertoire with a focus on putting arrangements together. Some experience on your instrument is required for this course. 

Timing
Start: 6th May  2017
Finish: 3rd July
NB No class on 3rd June due to Queen’s Birthday weekend
Saturday early afternoons (actual times tbc)
Location
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms
Teacher
Leigh Jackson
Target Market
Mid-teens – adult
Price/Student
(incl GST)
$225 for 9 weeks Term 2
Registration
Continuing/returning enrolment?
proceed to the returning enrolment form
New enrolments:
enrol online

 

About Leigh Jackson

Leigh Jackson

Leigh Jackson

Leigh Jackson was born ‘within the sound of Bow Bells’ in Marylebone, London  and has been playing the Guitar since an early age. His first influence was through his uncle in London who was a recognised player in the gypsy and flamenco style. Leigh moved to New Zealand in his teens and has been playing professionally for 30 years and is fortunate to have shared the stage with many international and local artists as a Jazz, Rock and Fusion guitarist. Visit his website to see the extensive list of great musicians he has played with.

Leigh became the first person in NZ to complete a Masters degree in jazz performance which he was awarded with distinction in 2002. Leigh was the founder and Head of the Jazz Guitar department of Wellington’s Massey University (New Zealand School of Music) and lecturer in Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar Jazz Theory, Composition and Improv. After 18 years of teaching Leigh was amongst a group that left the department in 2004. Leigh has taught postgrad level Jazz at Canterbury University and on the Academy at Victoria University and has several undergraduate and postgrad students that visit him regularly. He also teaches degree students at Whitirea Polytech.

Has worked as a producer for New Zealand jazz labels Rata-Records, Yatra Records and his own company Lydian Records. Recent recordings produced by Leigh include “Parallax“, The Rite of Swing” and “Fragments of the Blues“, also Double Play by virtuoso bass player Ben Shepherd.

Learn more about Leigh at http://www.leighjackson.com/

Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Strathmore
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Miramar
Wellington 6243