Dear Jazz Colleague,
When you have finished your HSC you can focus on your music!
There are many options and it can be tricky to decide what is the best way to further your jazz-playing career. This is a good time for intensive study and the various Universities around Australia offer excellent courses where you can gain a degree and more importantly, learn an enormous amount about music.
One of the aspects to consider is that you’ve just spent a few years with your head down in books and perhaps not played as much as you’d like. This can make going straight into tertiary education seem a little less attractive and prompts many people to consider a ‘gap’ year. I know a number of jazz musicians who’ve planned this ‘time off’ to work on their playing and just get away from the school atmosphere before going to Uni.
The down side to this approach is that they’re a whole year behind in their plans and the good intentions to work on their playing often go by the wayside. It’s hard to structure a really constructive program for yourself that will ensure you’re improving as much as you can.
The Generations in Jazz Academy offers a chance to spend that year studying with one of the best educators in this country. Graeme Lyall is an amazing musician who, apart from playing around the world with the best, has dedicated his life to creating an education environment that inspires everyone who is lucky enough to work with him.
The emphasis is on playing – on playing jazz. No other course offers the chance to work in such a focused setting, with few students and personalised attention from someone who knows what you need. Not only do you play most of the time, you can also have this counted towards the first year of your degree!
If you love music, especially jazz – and you want to be the best you can, then you owe it to yourself to check out the GIJ Academy… it might be just what you’re looking for.