Welcome to the Teacher Training Day – Jazz Edition!

Once upon a time the job of a piano teacher was a relatively easy one as educators navigated their way through the familiar classical and well-established musical genres with confidence and ease. But in recent years the situation has changed dramatically as students are no longer content with the traditional choices and are asking to play Jazz and learn improvisation whilst, at the same time, remaining with the same teacher. The truth is, though, that too many of us just don’t know how to handle these demands. For her second Teacher Training Day Jazz Edition, we have assembled a strong team of specialists and they’re incredible:

  • Mark Armstrong – ABRSM Jazz Moderator and Artistic Director of NYJO
  • John Human – Trinity London College examiner, concert pianist and educator
  • Tom Donald – Principal of the London Contemporary School of Piano, Classical and Jazz Pianist and composer of six award winning films
  • Tania Kozlova, Professor of Piano at the Israel Music Conservatory, Tel Aviv
  • Elena Cobb, Educator and Composer

The day will allow you to benefit from their vast knowledge and secrets and it will help raise your confidence to a new level and kick start the possibility of exploring the world of Jazz and improvisation in your otherwise classically focused piano lessons. The day will include workshops, masterclasses, student recitals and private lessons and will take place at Peregrine’s Pianos in 137a Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8TU, on Thursday, 29 August 2019 between 10am and 5pm. On this page, you will find full information about the event or you can just go ahead and book your place now!

Elena-Cobb Founder of Elena Cobb Star Prize

with Elena Cobb

Improv concepts for classically trained. Learn to improvise and to create a solo in Twelve-Bar Blues using easy to understand steps.

In recent years the Russian-born pianist, teacher, composer, entrepreneur and educator extraordinaire Elena Cobb has made a huge international impact on young pianists.

Her name and her extraordinary festival at London’s Royal Albert Hall have attracted considerable attention – and with good reason!

Cobb is in the business of allowing young pianists the confidence and energy to fly, to express their enthusiasm and desire to communicate.

with John Human

Exploring the extraordinarily diverse capabilities of the piano.

Graduate of Sussex University, student of Phyllis Palmer at Cambridge and Elizabeth Newson at Guildhall, John is a concert pianist and examiner with 20 years of experience, initially as a keyboard specialist for Guildhall, and then with Trinity College on both the Classical and Jazz, and Rock and Pop panels throughout the world.

He has worked on piano syllabus development and other elements of the examination process, most recently presenting the new Trinity Piano Syllabus across the UK in conjunction with EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers Association).

with Tom Donald

Discover your improvisation abilities

Principle of the London Contemporary School of Piano, Classical and Jazz Pianist Composer of 6 Award Winning Films

Improvisation for many teachers and pianists is still a terrifying concept. Tom will break down a series of fun and joyful methods you can apply to make Improvisation a collaborative student and teacher experience. Preparing students and teaching improvisation for the Trinity Classical Piano Syllabus and the Jazz ARBSM Syllabus will also be covered.

Student Recital

Performance of students from the London Contemporary School of Piano 
Selection from ABRSM & London Contemporary School of Piano Jazz Syllabus

Yael Koldovsky

with Jazz Professor
Mark Armstrong

Prove Your Groove

ABRSMJazz Moderator & Artistic Director of National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Mark’s position as Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music combines academic lecturing, practical coaching and tuition. He runs classes on jazz harmony, arranging, composition and improvisation for undergraduates and postgraduates.

He directs the RCM Swing Band and RCM Big Band in internal and external concerts, including a recent performance of Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder at the South Bank.

with Professor Tania Kozlova

Jazz Idioms in contemporary repertoire

Professor of Piano Israel Music Conservatory 
Tel Aviv  

Back by popular demand, Professor Tania Kozlova will be conducting a masterclass with her advanced student Yael Kolbovsky working on the jazz inspired musical compositions by Gershwin, Kapustin and Philip Martin. 

Notably, none of Tania’s students ever play scales and arpeggios but always perform with a flawless technique. 

Student Recital
UK Debut of Yael Koldovsky


Scarlatti, Sonata K.466 F minor 
Chopin, Sonata in B flat minor
Martin, New York Nights 
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
Kapustin, Variations op.41 in F Major

student recitals

Student from
London Contemporary School
of Piano

Selection from ABRSM & London Contemporary Schoolof Piano Jazz Syllabus

Ollie Thoburn (13yo)

London Contemporary School of Piano
Yael Koldovsky

Yael Koldovsky

We are welcoming Yael Kolbovsky, student of Professor Tania Kozlova, for her debut recital in the United Kingdom.

In programme:

Scarlatti, Sonata K.466 F minor 
Chopin, Sonata in B flat minor
Martin, New York Nights 
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
Kapustin, Variations Op.41 in F Major

lunch break


Take a quick break at Costa Coffee shop across the road from
the Peregrine’s Pianos 111 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DP

event at a glance

10.00-11.00 Workshop with Elena Cobb, EVC Music
11.00-12.00 Workshop with John Human, Trinity
12.00-13.00 Masterclass with Tom Donald, LCSP
13.00-13.30 Student Recital
13.30-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-15.00 Workshop with Mark Armstrong, ABRSM
15.00-16.00 Masterclass with Tania Kozlova
16.00-17.00 Student Recital – Yael Kolbovsky, Israel

terms & conditions

All payments are non-refundable in all circumstances unless organisers cancel the event.
No payments are required from those who are placed on waiting lists.


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