[quote name='SaxLad' date='Jun 27 2011, 09:12 PM' post='1069987']
[quote name='serendipity' date='Jun 27 2011, 06:44 PM' post='1069969']
[quote name='SaxLad' date='Jun 27 2011, 06:32 PM' post='1069964']
good for him
has he decided where he wants to study?
No not yet, it's early days really, we're just trying to get some of the open days done and dusted now that GCSEs are over.
There aren't really that many places that do a full jazz course, so options are limited...
There are quite a few actually,
Leeds College Of Music
There are a few more I think that mix contempory music with Jazz. Im sure someone will add a few more for me
I meant there weren't many compared to the number offering a classical course...
Even amongst the conservatoires, there are a few where they don't offer a course which is 100% jazz, but do offer some jazz to a greater or lesser degree either as a compulsory option or as elective modules. Even at Guildhall for example, you follow the general BMUS course and specialise in jazz. My son is more drawn to the full-on jazz courses such as the BMUS (Jazz) offered at Birmingham, Royal Welsh and (from September) Academy.
To be fair though, there is enough choice - time and money mean that realistically he will only be looking at applying to 5-6 conservatoires, that's what we did with my eldest and it was about right - any fewer and you aren't giving yourself enough chance at it, any more and it costs (even more of) a fortune and makes the whole process even more tiring and stressful. We know people who applied to as few as 2 and others who went for the maximum 8 and neither strategy seemed appealing!