Strategies for Introducing Jazz Improvisation to Your Students

Type of Session: Clinic or lecture with demonstration

Grade Level:  Middle School, High School.

Session Description:

Jazz needn’t be mysterious or intimidating. Like all other musical skills, improvisation must be taught, assimilated, and practiced. Attendees will gather helpful materials and methods for successfully leading a young jazz combo. Specific topics will include repertoire selection criteria, rehearsal routines, and improvisational games, methods & exercises for elevating musicianship, technique and theoretical grasp. Feel free to bring your instruments.

Equipment Needs: an electronic piano would be helpful for demonstration purposes.

Power Point Presentation: Improv Strategies

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