Ronan Guilfoyle





Upcoming Activities


Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation

Clinics and Workshops




Ronan is very active in the field of jazz education and is the founder and head of the Jazz Department at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, where he has taught since 1986. Newpark offers the only full-time jazz courses in Ireland.

He has received a citation for outstanding services to jazz education from both the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) and the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), and is an Associate Artist of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

He is one of the leading figures in the field of teaching advanced rhythmic concepts to jazz musicians - especially in the area of odd metre playing and the use of metric modulation in improvisation. He has lectured on the use of the Indian Syllabic System for jazz musicians for UNESCO, has had articles on the subject published by Schott and 'Jazz Changes', and is the author of a highly acclaimed book on the subject - Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation.

As a result of his work in this field Ronan has been invited to teach at many educational institutions around the world including -

Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)
New School (New York, NY)
The Royal Conservatory (The Hague)
Skurups Folkhogskola (Sweden)
Fridhems Folkhogskola (Sweden)
Estudio, Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Taller De Musicos (Barcelona)
Royal Academy of Music (London)
American School of Modern Music (Paris)
School of the Hot Club of Portugal (Lisbon)
Paris Conservatoire (Paris)
Guildhall School of Music (London)
Drummer's Collective (New York)
Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts)
Macau Jazz School (China)
Rhythmic Conservatory (Copenhagen)
Bangalore School of Music (India)
Bruckner Conservatorium, Linz (Austria)
Hochschule Fur Musik, Graz (Austria)
Hochschule Fur Musik, Koln (Germany)
Hans Eisler School of Music, Berlin (Germany)
Lucerne School of Jazz (Switzerland)
Helsinki Pop and Jazz Conservatory (Finland)

© 2002 Ronan Guilfoyle