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Immerse yourself in tailored, professional training with some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians. You’ll study in small groups with unrivalled opportunities to perform and become part of a thriving jazz scene.

Introduction to the Jazz department with Head of Department, Andrew Bain

Captions for this video are available in English and Welsh.

Why study jazz at RWCMD?

  • You’ll have one-to-one lessons with multiple leading UK professional musicians, not just one – these tutors all have different approaches and specialisms, so you can determine what works best for you and then adapt your training throughout your course.
  • You’ll examine jazz repertoire and style – learning about origins, jazz development through the decades and the socio-political conditions that it emerged from to inform your performance.
  • You’ll have plenty of opportunities to collaborate – setting up ensembles with your fellow jazz students, working with other music departments and all disciplines across the College. You’ll be able to play a pivotal role in RWCMD’s active, public programme of jazz, opera, musical theatre, orchestral concerts and award-winning drama.
  • You’ll be at the heart of the jazz scene here in Cardiff, with several of our students and graduates setting up and curating many of the gigs in the city centre – which you can take part in too.
  • We have a range of large Jazz ensembles; the RWCMD Big band, Repertoire Big band, a weekly jam session with guests and focused instrument / vocal performance projects.

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