Frequently Asked Questions

We have answers to any questions you may have about the Summer Trinity Jazz Course taking place this summer 2011.

Is there parking available?
We expect to have a limited number of parking spaces available for us. We will not know exactly how many until much nearer the time, as it depends on other events taking place around the campus, which are outside of Trinity Laban's control. If there are not enough spaces for everyone, we will allocate spaces on a needs basis with priority given to double-bass players and drummers (followed by other players of large instruments). It will be ok for all students to drive in to the grounds to load/unload gear. There are no parking spaces at Opal student village, but there are spaces to load/unload luggage there. If it is at all possible, please try to travel by public transport. There are excellent links with "Cutty Sark" DLR station very near by.

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Can we leave our instruments on site over night?
Yes. We will arrange for a locked room to keep instruments in and there is on site 24hr security, so we don't expect any problems with instrument theft. However, instruments are left at your own discretion. It is highly recommended that students arrange insurance for their musical instruments and personal property in case of loss or damage. It is regretted that the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal property.

Is the course open to under-18s?
Yes, we are pleased to offer places to under-18s, however any under-16s will have to be accompanied by a guardian. 

Does the course include individual instrumental lessons?
No. Our course is based on ensemble music making, and as such we try to provide activities which aren't so easily available to people all year round. However, you are welcome to approach any of our tutors with a view to arranging a private lesson. 

What do I need to bring with me?
Unless you are a pianist, you need to bring your instrument with you. This includes drum kits and also amplifiers for any instrument which needs amplifying. Singers are  advised to bring their own mic and mic lead if possible, but this is not absolutely essential. PA systems will be provided for singing classes/workshops, jam sessions and for evening concerts.

All instrumentalists will find it useful to bring "real" books (if you have them) and some manuscript paper, a pencil and rubber. Singers will also find it useful to bring along band parts (lead sheets) if they sing tunes which are not in "real" book keys (remember to have Concert, Bb and Eb parts). You will be provided with all necessary sheet music by your tutor for your small band/combo sessions, which you will perform in the evening concerts. However, you will find your "real" books or "singers band parts" useful for jam sessions and impromtu get-togethers.

There are plenty of music stands available in the music faculty, you do not need to bring one. A small portable recording device may also be a handy thing to have, to record your rehearsals and workshops. Singers and instrumentalists that do not read sheet music too well would find this particularly useful for learning material.

Which Real Book should I bring?
Purely in the interest of everyone having the same real books with them, and therefore making jamming together easier, and for no other reason, we recommend that, if you are bringing a real book with you, you bring one or both of the following real books in your appropriate key...

 The New Real book volume 1                         The Real Book volume 1

Alternatively, you could bring some lead sheets of tunes that you want to play, in all 3 keys (Concert, Bb, Eb) and hand the parts out at the jam sessions.

I'm only a beginner. Will I be able to come?
The ethos of the course, established over many years, is one of learning in a supportive environment. We have students of all ages and abilities and try to cater for their needs by grouping like-minded people together, so that the more advanced players can be stretched and the more inexperienced players can be nurtured and encouraged in a comfortable setting. Having said that, in order to get the most from the experience, you should be able to play a chromatic scale over the written range of your instrument and know your major and minor scales; but the most important requirement is enthusiasm and the will to give it a go! 

I've never improvised before. Will this be a problem?
Not if you are willing to give it a go.

Can we pick our small band tutor?
The tutors are allocated (by us) to groups which we try to make up with students of a similar level. We spend a lot of time trying to accommodate everybody and do our best to make it work for all concerned. If you are very keen to have some contact with a particular tutor, the afternoon option sessions are the perfect opportunity for this. 

Can we bring the dog with us?
No. Unless it is a registered guide dog.

Can we camp on the grounds?
No. 

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