Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days

September 2018 will see the restart of quarterly jazz and improvisation days led by James Rawlinson.
Next dates:
16th September
16th December
3rd March
9th June.

Coda Music Centre, Chewton Farm Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5QL.

Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation DaysIntroduction to Jazz and Improvisation Workshops

These Sunday Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation Days will be ideal for those with little or no experience playing jazz or improvising.

  • Easy repertoire
  • Relaxed, supportive environment
  • Chance to play in an ensemble
  • Jazz theory sessions
  • Improve sight-reading skills
  • Confidence building
  • Rhythm Work

We will be looking at basic jazz harmony, rhythmic concepts and ensemble and improvising skills. You will get the chance to build your confidence and gain the skills to form your own band in an informal, fun environment. These one day workshops are also perfect for those who are not sure they are ready for our other 2 day courses.


Introduction to Jazz and Improvisation DaysThe cost for the 1 day course is £50 including tea, coffee or cold refreshments. No lunch is provided on the one day workshops,

Each day will include different repertoire and opportunities, allowing you to progress steadily throughout the year. Alternatively you can dip in and out of the courses according to your ability to attend. If you have any queries, feel free to contact us to chat further about tailoring the course to your needs.



As an approximate guideline; playing for at least 6 months to 1 year, and be able to play around Grade 2 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 2 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
- Saxophones
- Flute
- Clarinet
- Trumpet
- Trombone
- Guitar
- Drums
- Bass
- Piano
- Percussion
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.

Drums: We have a drum kit but you can bring your own breakables. By all means you can bring your complete kit if you prefer.

Guitar/Bass: You'll need to bring your own amps.

Keys: We have a piano but feel free to bring your own keyboard.
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
Not provided, we recommend bringing a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cold refreshments are included for all participants.
Dates for these jazz and improvisation days are:

Sunday 17th September 2017
Sunday 3rd December 2017
Sunday 4th March 2018
Sunday 10th June 2018
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am - 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am - 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am - 1pm
Lunch: 1pm - 2pm
Session three: 2pm - 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm - 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm - 4.30pm