Summer Teacher Feature

Summer Teacher Features 2019.png

What you learned at your workshop:

This summer I was privileged to attend a professional development workshop called the “Band Director Academy” held at the Jazz Lincoln Center facility in the Columbus Circle area of New York City.  The workshop was intended to give Middle and High School Band Directors a chance to improve their “teaching toolkit” in teaching Jazz Band by using information from the jazz tradition to inform the present. This year’s theme was on using the Count Basie Band to create present day teaching tools”.

How you will implement what you’ve learned:

  • Bell Work: Using melodic excerpts from saxophonist Lester Young’s improvised solos as warm up exercises at the beginning of class
  • Modeling: Using excerpts from the Basie Band repertoire to teach swing rhythms
  • Modeling: Teaching big band rhythm guitar using the model of Freddie Green’s playing as an exemplar.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s