Jazz Piano at Benslow

ABRSM courses for classical piano teachers
 Blues piano classes and tuition
 Jazz Piano classes and short courses
 Premises Jazz Piano Week

Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB
Tel: 01462 459446.

Benslow is a superbly equipped music centre in an ex-country house, with beautiful gardens and on-site catering and accommodation. It's a very relaxing environment devoted to music courses, with copious pianos and practice rooms. There's also a bar!

Forthcoming courses:

This intermediate level ‘hands-on’ jazz piano course is suitable for anyone wanting to improve their improvisation skills, brush up on their jazz harmony and increase their repertoire. It can also accommodate classically trained pianists who want to explore the jazz idiom.

Tue 26 May - Thu 28 May 2020
1st session 8pm on Tuesday, finishing 4pm Thursday
Tutor: Tim Richards
Cost: £215 (non-resident), £295 (resident)
Benslow Website

For classical piano teachers.

Fri 31 July - Mon 3 August 2020
1st session 8pm on Friday, finishing 4pm on Monday
Tutor: Tim Richards
Cost: £320 (non-resident), £420 (resident)
Benslow Website

As a contributor to the ABRSM Jazz Piano syllabus and jazz examiner since 1999, Tim is the ideal person to run courses that de-mystify the mechanics of playing jazz, in a style that enables it to be passed from teacher to pupil.

The syllabus (Grades 1-5) will be examined in detail, with insight into the skills required for candidates and how to teach them. Help will be given with interpretation, improvisation, and the basics of jazz theory and harmony. No previous experience of jazz is required.

As well as being an occasional tutor on the 'Let's Teach Jazz' and 'Jazz Taster' courses run by the ABRSM, Tim has also given workshops on teaching jazz piano at the Leeds International Jazz Conference, for the European Piano Teachers Association (in the UK and in Sweden), at Forsyths music shop in Manchester, and for small groups of piano teachers all over Britain.

This is the ONLY course that focuses specifically on the PIANO section of the jazz syllabus, rather than catering for teachers of all instruments.

"A varied course, packed full of info. Not only invaluable for teaching jazz, but also for my own playing."
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In some years Tim also runs a similar course at The City Lit in London, over 4 consecutive Sundays. Click here for details.

Tim also teaches weekly evening classes in jazz piano and blues piano at Morley College in London

Benslow House
Second- to-none facilities at Benslow
ABRSM Jazz Piano Syllabus
  Jazz Piano course