Soulful Session from National Youth Jazz Orchestra
16 Feb 2019
Musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra have been working with students from the school's jazz band.
The three musicians spent two hours in school helping students to develop a number of skills which they then put into practice on the piece 'Soul Man' and on another piece called 'Humanism'.
The session also focused on rhythms and looked at ways to make music more soulful and laid back. They then worked with students on the the shaping of the music and precision of playing through the ensemble.
Among the techniques covered was how to develop articulation and tongue alongside breathing for tone quality and tuning. Finally they worked on dynamic range and how to control this, as well as giving advice around listening to music that they play, along with other genres of music.
The students have been invited to take part in another workshop at Leicester University in March while will culminate in a concert featuring other schools and the whole National Youth Jazz Orchestra.