‘OFF THE PEG’ WORKSHOPS

These are workshops ‘ready to go’

‘TAILOR MADE’ WORKSHOPS

These are music workshops that you specifically request. They can be based around ideas described in the ‘Off The Peg’ workshops or can be something completely different, not describe, which I can provide for you. I have the experience and success over the years of running workshops and groups for all types of composition and instrumental combination!! (See Workshop Experience)

JAZZ WORKSHOPS

‘Off The Peg’  WORKSHOPS – Volume 1

Rehearsal workshops around 'Africa' (for jazz ensemble)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Improvisation workshop based on 'Africa'
Improvisation class based on jazz idiom; improvisation in context with piece as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'Roll With It'
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'Chilli Jam'
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'JT Blues'
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Improvisation Workshop around 'JT Blues'
Improvisation class based on jazz idiom; improvisation in context with piece as intended by the composer

‘Off The Peg’  WORKSHOPS – Volume 2

Rehearsal workshops around 'Swingtone' (for jazz ensemble)
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'Ballad For John'
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'Boss The Funk'
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer
Rehearsal Workshop around 'Rock Your Socks'
Performing different sections, articulation and details as intended by the composer

Creating a Jazz Piece

Main Melodic Ideas, Riff/Backings, Improvisation, Writing for a Rhythm Section, Jazz Harmony

‘A’ Level: countermelodic ideas; complex improvisation based on call & response; riff and backings integrating harmonic devices; complex rhythm section ideas including complex jazz harmony, bass and drum composition

GCSE: countermelody, improvisation ideas around harmony and backings, jazz harmony, bass and keyboard/guitar composition

KS3: Creating a main melody around Blues; composing a riff; creating chord patterns; creating improvisation to fit chords and riff

KS2: Creating a main melody using scales; creating chord patterns; creating riff ideas around scales; improvising around scales

4 JAZZ PIECES – Volume 1

‘Africa’, ‘Roll With It’, ‘Chilli Jam’ and ‘JT Blues’ are 4 Jazz pieces written during 2016 for Intermediate and above Jazz ensembles. Each piece has parts for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, optional Baritone Saxophone, Trombone and Rhythm Section.y

Piece 1: 'Africa'
This was written in the style reminiscent to the African Jazz Pioneers of the 1950s with recurring chord patterns and catchy rhythmic melodies.  This is a fast moving piece that sounds ‘happy’ and uplifting.  It is a good piece for bands starting out as there are unison sections, ideal to involve all performers as well as solo sections.
Piece 2: 'Roll With It'
This is a bluesy number of moderate tempo which features a catchy main melody and incorporates unison and counter melodic playing as well as solo sections.
Piece 3: 'Chilli Jam'
A fast moving piece that is uplifting in character.  The main melody is played in unison and in harmonies with a funky backing section which accompany the solos.  Watch out for the unusual phrase lengths and key change!!
Piece 4: 'JT Blues'
This groovy number is written in a 12 bar blues structure and incorporates a rhythmic riff line, strong harmonies, much unison playing as well as solo sections with the scope of adding your own improvisation into the backing section!!

4 JAZZ PIECES – Volume 2

‘Swingtone’, ‘Ballad For John’, ‘Boss The Funk’ and ‘Rock Your Socks’ are 4 Jazz pieces written during 2017 for Intermediate and above Jazz ensembles. Each piece has parts for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, optional Baritone Saxophone, Trombone and Rhythm Section.

Piece 1: 'Swingtone'
This piece was inspired by 1940s swing music. The cheeky tune in the opening is written above a walking bass line. However, the music moves into a more funky section giving it a more modern feel.
Piece 2: 'Ballad For John'
This features a more expressive melodic line (song like) accompanied by luscious harmonies. Each of the instruments in the horn section take over the melodic material which develops into an uplifting ‘chorus’ section.
Piece 3: 'Boss The Funk'
This starts with a cool Bossa Nova but develops into a more funky backing section featuring solos and riff ideas.
Piece 4: 'Rock Your Socks'
As the title suggests is a more rocky piece of music featuring a strong main motif as well as a backing and solo section.

Pricing

Prices for workshops to be discussed depending on requirements:

From: £130 for a half day or £250 for a full day


‘Off The Peg’ – Workshop of ‘Africa’


‘Off The Peg’ – Workshop of ‘JT Blues’

‘…..a lot of us were stressed out about improvisation but I think the way you did it was great when you’re really not confident, as we weren’t singled out’  Fran, Ten Sax player (Kirklees Jazz)

'Really enjoyed the experience of working with you on new piece. Felt that we (the band) were making a contribution to your music'  Trev,  Baritone Sax player (Farnley Tyas Jazz Group)

'An exciting and different sounding piece'

Amanda

Musical Director/Alto Saxophone, Honley Dance Orchestra

'The classes have helped to take an idea and turn it into a fully formed song'

Parent

'The pieces you write are really enjoyable to play and work really well'

Trev

Baritone Sax Player , Farnley Tyas Jazz Group

'Blow Away The Blues' has a great swing feel and catchy melody. A great way to introduce part singing and 12 bar blues classroom work, ideal for my Year 5s

Amanda

Wakefield Music School

I thought JT Blues was a really catchy tune, not difficult to sight read and were very enjoyable to play for the first time. We will practice this and include playing it in our future gigs

Lynda

Alto Sax, Nytebeat

'The song writing workshop was a really useful way to learn about techniques used in music'

Parent

'I enjoyed playing the new pieces and thought they would be a good inclusion in our March dance gig'

Tony W

Ten Sax, Nytebeat

'Makes You Happy' would be lovely for younger children using one part or more

Amanda

Wakefield Music School

Really good tune .... we really enjoy playing something that's different

Dave

Ten Sax, Farnley Tyas Jazz Group

'My son has really enjoyed attending the song writing workshop and now feels much more confident when he plays in his own rock band'

Parent

‘An explosion of Afro beats and catchy melodies, Jerry Moore’s ‘Africa’ keeps toes tapping and provides a refreshing contrast to our big band set’.

Amanda

Musical Director/Alto Saxophone, Honley Dance Orchestra

'New Day' would make an effective end of term song, particularly for Year 6 with its positive message

Amanda

Wakefield Music School

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