Expand your knowledge of harmony and rhythm within the genre of Gypsy Jazz. Gain confidence through manageable steps to create melodies on the spot, while learning new tunes along the way. Learn how to make scales fun and get motivated for practise.


  • Learn basic jazz harmony
  • Translate musical ideas into improvised solos
  • Make your improvisations sound authentic
  • Integrate specialised bowing techniques
  • Recognise chord progressions and play over them in different keys

DATES: Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November
CLASS TIMES: 2.30 - 5.00 pm UK time each day (with a 15 min break).
TEACHER TRAINING TIME: 5.15pm - 6.00pm UK time.

ABILITY LEVEL: Suitable for Book 4 students and above (on violin, viola and cello) and teachers of all levels.

Rick O'Connor is a fully qualified Suzuki teacher and uses his many years of teaching experience to break down these skills into small manageable steps. When taking this class, students will start on a journey of being able to freely express themselves through improvisation, while learning fun new music, simultaneously breaking free of the somewhat rigid constraints of being a classically trained musician.




Teacher’s have the opportunity to join in or watch the student lessons to see how I deliver the class. Teachers will be provided with access to rewatch the lessons at their convenience. Teacher training time (5.15 - 6.00pm each day) will then go further into an overview of how to implement improvisation in a Suzuki teaching studio, an explanation on how to create backing tracks with the app iReal pro and an opportunity to ask any other questions. 

Additional takeaway materials will include: 

    • A step by step guide on how to teach your students to begin to improvise, with materials to use along the way
    • A guide on how to make scales and arpeggios more fun by putting them into a jazz setting
    • Jazz techniques to accompany your students through this process 
    • 5 Easy to learn Gypsy Jazz tunes with backing tracks and relevant exercises



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