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MMus/MA Jazz

Introduction

Designed for students interested in furthering their development in jazz at postgraduate level, this specialist pathway is led by internationally renowned jazz saxophonist and composer (and Head of the Jazz BMus pathway) Professor Tommy Smith and offers bespoke tuition from some of the best jazz musicians and educators in the Scotland.

We offer 90 minutes of one-to-one lessons each week on your principal study instrument ­­(the highest amount of contact time offered anywhere in the UK at time of publication), allowing you to maximise your instrumental skills and potential.

In addition to this we also offer second study modules should you have an interest in developing a second instrument at an additional 30 minutes per week of one-to-one tuition. (This does not detract from your 90 minutes of principal study.)

Our MMus Jazz pathway is designed to accommodate both jazz performers and jazz writer/arrangers. The course is highly bespoke and you will have a large amount of control in the way that your studies are structured.

This programme is tailored to fit individual needs and requirements, allowing the student to focus on preferred areas of interest and specialism.

As the MMus Jazz pathway is still relatively young (having just entered into its fifth year as of 2013/2014), there’s a lot of focus on the department and this offers many opportunities for jazz students to perform both inside and outside of the institution and for writer/arrangers to have their compositions and arrangements performed.

The jazz scene in Glasgow and Scotland is thriving and there are many performance opportunities both within the Conservatoire and without – our students have negotiated many external performance opportunities in surrounding venues which means there’s live music happening almost every night of the week.

We also run a regular “Blue Mondays” concert series which features students and tutors or guest performers in the very popular “Ledger Room” public concert space within the RCS which provides excellent exposure and experience for all our students on a regular basis. Past guest artists that have appeared in Blue Mondays concerts with our students include Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Jacqui Dankworth, Peter Erskine, Paolo Fresu and Arild Andersen. Other masterclasses have featured Courtney Pine, Makoto Ozone, David Liebman and Branford Marsalis. Students have seen these great musicians up close, working with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, in the RCS.

Introduction

Designed for students interested in furthering their development in jazz at postgraduate level, this specialist pathway is led by internationally renowned jazz saxophonist and composer (and Head of the Jazz BMus pathway) Professor Tommy Smith and offers bespoke tuition from some of the best jazz musicians and educators in the Scotland.

We offer 90 minutes of one-to-one lessons each week on your principal study instrument ­­(the highest amount of contact time offered anywhere in the UK at time of publication), allowing you to maximise your instrumental skills and potential.

In addition to this we also offer second study modules should you have an interest in developing a second instrument at an additional 30 minutes per week of one-to-one tuition. (This does not detract from your 90 minutes of principal study.)

Our MMus Jazz pathway is designed to accommodate both jazz performers and jazz writer/arrangers. The course is highly bespoke and you will have a large amount of control in the way that your studies are structured.

This programme is tailored to fit individual needs and requirements, allowing the student to focus on preferred areas of interest and specialism.

As the MMus Jazz pathway is still relatively young (having just entered into its fifth year as of 2013/2014), there’s a lot of focus on the department and this offers many opportunities for jazz students to perform both inside and outside of the institution and for writer/arrangers to have their compositions and arrangements performed.

The jazz scene in Glasgow and Scotland is thriving and there are many performance opportunities both within the Conservatoire and without – our students have negotiated many external performance opportunities in surrounding venues which means there’s live music happening almost every night of the week.

We also run a regular “Blue Mondays” concert series which features students and tutors or guest performers in the very popular “Ledger Room” public concert space within the RCS which provides excellent exposure and experience for all our students on a regular basis. Past guest artists that have appeared in Blue Mondays concerts with our students include Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Jacqui Dankworth, Peter Erskine, Paolo Fresu and Arild Andersen. Other masterclasses have featured Courtney Pine, Makoto Ozone, David Liebman and Branford Marsalis. Students have seen these great musicians up close, working with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, in the RCS.

Programme Outline

The MMus/MA in Jazz is structured around your principal study as either an instrumentalist, a composer/arranger, or both.

The MMus is made up of four modules. As well as incorporating your one-to-one lessons, the Principal Study offers a particularly wide range of assessment choices, including solo and group performance, composition/arranging, studio recording, a collaboration with a composer on a new work, and, in second year an independent project.

The Supporting Studies module offers a range of experiences in support of your principal study, including masterclasses, rehearsals and performances within and without the Conservatoire. The programme is completed by the Approaches to Critical Artistry module, in which you carry out a practice-based research project, and up to two Elective modules in each year of study.

The structure of the one-year MA programme is similar, including Principal Study, Supporting Studies, Approaches to Critical Artistry and the option to take one Elective. This programme is completed by the Negotiated Study module, offering the opportunity to pursue an significant period of independent study in an area of your own choosing.

Full details of the structure of both the MMus and MA degrees are in the MMus-MA Guide for Applicants 2015-16, which can be found at http://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/.

Staff and masterclasses

Tommy SmithHead of Jazz

TS_Smith_Photo_by_Michael_Clark-300x248Tommy Smith (b.1967) is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and current director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO). These career-defining achievements are framed by his status as an international recording artist; a composer and arranger of extraordinary ambition; and not least, as a jazz educator.

His prolific career began in earnest when, aged only sixteen, he recorded his first album Giant Strides. He was rewarded with a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, an experience that has shaped his affirmative approach to jazz. Since then, he has made twenty-seven solo albums as a leader for Blue Note, Linn and his own label Spartacus Records.

Smith has also earned the regard, support and friendship of the many respected jazz figures with whom he has collaborated and created great jazz. They include, but are not limited to, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny, Barron, Arild Andersen, John Scofield and Trilok Gurtu. His tenure with the SNJO has seen critically acclaimed performances and recordings of programmed and commissioned works including hugely popular treatments of Ellington, Gershwin, Weather Report and Miles Davis.

He also holds three honorary doctorates from Heriot-Watt, Glasgow Caledonian & Edinburgh Universities and a Professorship from the RCS. His last group album KARMA won him his seventh Scottish Jazz Award for album of the year. Tommy Smith is also founder/director of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra [2001] and has been Head of Jazz of the first ever full-time jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2009. At the RCS he teaches Saxophone, Music Business, Chord Scale Harmony, Jazz Repertoire, Studio Recording, Performance of Jazz History and Notation by Hand.

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  • Jazz Coordinator

Our teaching staff includes players of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

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  • Piano

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  • Trombone

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  • Guitar

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  • Double Bass/Electric Bass

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  • Drums

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  • Trumpet

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  • Saxophone

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  • Voice

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  • Second Study Piano

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JAZZ MASTERCLASSES

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

  • Martin Kershaw
  • Tom Gordon
  • Graeme Stephen

2016

  • Mike Stern

How to apply

Before applying we recommend that you follow our Applicant Guide journey which provides all the essential information regarding entry requirements, and the full application and audition process.

Begin your Applicant Journey here.

Making your application

Applications for the MMus/MA programme should be made through the UCAS Conservatoires website. There is a UCAS application fee of £25 (which is in addition to the audition fee) which allows you up to six choices of programme of study.

Entry requirements

  • Normally a good Honours (at least 2.2) degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications. If you wish to check the suitability of your qualification/experience, please contact admissions@rcs.ac.uk.

English Language

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Other equivalent English Language qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@rcs.ac.uk for more information.

  • IELTS – 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component

Audition Requirements

Audition requirements are given in the MMus-MA Guide for Applicants 2015-16, which can be found at http://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2017-18

  • MMus Jazz (2 years) UK/EU Students – £8,094
  • MMus Jazz (2 years) International (non-EU) – £15,513
  • MA Jazz (1 year) UK/EU Students – £10,983
  • MA Jazz (1 year) International (non-EU) – £18,648

Scottish/EU students

New Scottish and EU domiciled students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan. All eligible students will be able to apply directly to Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a non-means tested loan of up to £3,400. See the following website for further details of the PSAS scheme:

http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/pg/index.htm

Scottish domiciled postgraduate students on eligible courses can also apply for a Postgraduate Living Cost Loan up to £4,500 towards living expenses. This is in addition to the existing loan available towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Scholarships

Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here

Sources of external funding

For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.

The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.

Facilities

The RCS Jazz Pathway enjoys the use of two completely dedicated jazz ensemble spaces within the main Renfrew street facility. One of these dedicated jazz spaces is a fully equipped recording facility that gives our students a tangible edge in gaining experience in professional recording and production techniques.

Each space is equipped with a Yamaha grand piano, drum set, smart board, listening centre and amplifiers for bassists and guitarists as well as moveable acoustic dampening. The recording studio boasts an extensive array of microphones and effects units necessary for producing high fidelity recordings digitally.

Jazz concerts and recitals are frequently held in the Stephenson Hall, The Ledger Room and the AGOS facility within the RCS. Students have also been known to perform informal concerts in the café bar area from time to time.

Images and videos

 

Blue Mondays