This page is being developed to serve as a resource portal for teachers who don’t consider themselves “jazzers,” but who wish to further develop their jazz ensembles (big bands and combos), program and pedagogy.
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Beginner Jazz Improvisation
- How do you suggest I approach teaching beginner improvisation?
⇒ Here are links for:
1. my introductory improvisation class schedule (with embedded content)
2. an ongoing blog series where I’m teaching my son to improvise on trumpet
3. a designated page for the Middle School Jazz Combo I am co-coaching (for my son and his friends)
- What do you suggest I do with an instrumentation of trumpet, alto sax, bari sax and guitar? (In addition to this mismatched quartet, I have a drummer who can attend once per week and I am currently playing bass lines on the piano. We are currently playing Bob Turner arrangements, from Magnolia Music, but I question if practicing these charts in preparation for the concert should be our primary focus. We rehearse daily.)
Composition & Arranging
Rhythm Section Techniques
- My band has a strong guitar player and a young, inexperienced piano player. What strategies should I employ in rehearsal to balance the sound?
- Are there criteria for deciding on acoustic or electric bass during a set?