Jazz Education

Jazz Questions 101

jazz101All questions were submitted by public school band directors.  Earl hopes his responses will be helpful for teachers who don’t consider themselves “jazzers”, but who wish to further develop their ensembles, program and pedagogy. Please feel free to submit additional questions to Earl via e-mail.  As with all his online articles, readers are encouraged to respond with comments, further insights or countering opinions.  Please submit questions & comments to Earl via the “contact” portion of this site.  Indicate whether or not he may post your response and if you would prefer to remain anonymous or have your name included.

Jazz Composition and Music Arranging

Lecture notes, handouts and thoughts relating to the process of composing and arranging orchestral jazz music are included here.

composing(A substantial amount of new content will be added to this section of the site in the weeks ahead.)

Repertoire Selectionrepertoire

Selecting the right repertoire is a crucially important and challenging role for the director of any large jazz ensemble.  Here, Earl shares his performance sets for several guest conducting engagements of regional high school and middle school jazz bands.  He has also provided titles of level appropriate, educational jazz band charts which caught his attention while on the road adjudicating.

Introductory Improvisation

Instruction and handouts from Earl’s many years of teaching jazz improvisation in courses and master classes are listed below.

Jazz Piano Lessons

The following jazz lessons are designed for young pianists with classical training who want to learn how to play jazz.  Lesson topics include reading a piano chord chart, chord voicings, chord substitutions, etc.

Earl hopes that many aspiring jazz pianists will benefit from the lessons posted here.  They are free for the taking, but if you find them beneficial, please consider buying one of Earl’s CDs, joining his mailing list and attending one of his performances.

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