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Below you will find some suggested resources for an intermediate level student of jazz. 

These have been chosen from our Virtual Academy library of online resources. Please feel free to explore the entire collection here.

Our definition of INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: 

  • Approximately grade 6 (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency on your instrument of choice
  • A good grasp of the fundamental building blocks of music language & harmony – i.e. scales, chords, intervals etc
  • A rudimentary ability to improvise in a jazz context – you should have some experience of improvising in a small ensemble using arpeggios and diatonic and blues scales

As with any learning resource, the best thing you can do is work with a teacher who can explain the material and help you to develop techniques to practice and internalise the music.

Please share your learning journey with us via the #NYJOVA hashtag on Instagram.


(Audio + pdf files)

What are you doing the rest of your life?

You will need to download the backing tracks and upload into the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of your choice. You will then be able to mute your instrument and perfect your part over time. You can find a list of free DAW’s currently available here.

Our Suggestions for those unfamiliar with DAW’s is to familiarise yourself with either of these free offerings:  


Virtual Video Series

(Video + Audio + pdf files)

Suitable for all aspiring jazz musicians, this exclusive video series will deliver comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks, brought to you by some of our leading Associate Educators from around the country.

Each episode will also include additional resources to guide and support viewers throughout the learning process.

Episode 3: ‘SO WHAT’ with JOE BROWNE

Virtual Curriculum

Audio + PDF Files

Jazz Tunes You Should Know



If you would prefer to listen along via Spotify, you can find the same playlists here:

Each performance included should take you on an important journey of learning and appreciation (no matter how many times you’ve heard it before!).

To get the most out of the experience, ensure that you take note of how each performer approaches the tune in question. Study and observe all aspect of their individual approaches to playing their chosen instrument. What makes them unique?

This application is much closer to the way people learned back in the day rather than relying on notation; so take the things that resonate with you for whatever reason and use them to influence your next practise sessions.

This will only serve to make you a more responsive, thoughtful musician over time.

virtual video series
additional resources
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