Claire Cross gives advice at Bendigo South East College. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Bendigo South East College music students were treated to a jazz workshop last Monday from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

The ‘Tomorrow is My Turn’ workshop was led by Claire Cross, an emerging jazz leader, versatile performer and an advocate for women in the music community.

Ms Cross and her band are in the midst of a statewide tour of regional and metropolitan schools.

The workshop is aimed at middle to upper secondary students, with contemporary jazz and the principles of improvisation part of the two hour seminar.

Ms Cross will select students from her school visits to form a band and perform at the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Selected students will be invited to Melbourne and be given the chance to attend shows, get backstage access to jazz venues and observe sound checks and rehearsals.

Bendigo South East’s Head of Arts Stephen Briggs said the workshop provides an exciting opportunity for music students.

“The benefits of participating in a music program are significant,” Mr Briggs said.

“We are really excited to learn from Claire, and appreciate the opportunity provided by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival,” he said.