Fine Tune Your Jazz Band
This professional development session is intended for teachers or students who are currently running a jazz band at the junior high, middle school, or high school level, looking to start a group at their school, or anticipate teaching a jazz band in the future. The topics covered will include:
Roundtable discussion about what charts work well for your ensemble and how to adapt existing charts to accommodate the instrumentation and ability level of your students.
Methods for introducing students to jazz improvisation, navigating and adapting chord changes, and emulating jazz style to sound (not just read) good.
Songs and improvisation concepts to teach by ear to improve students aural and listening skills.
Rhythm section coaching for piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.
10:30 – 11:30 am: Learning Songs and Charts Effectively and Holistically
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Creating Arrangements for Your Specific Ensemble from Recordings and Lead Sheets
12:30 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Existing Repertoire for the Flexible Ensemble
1:30 – 2:45 pm: Adapting Solo Section Chord Changes to Fit Your Student’s Ability
2:45 – 3:30 pm: Roundtable Discussion About Best Practices and Resources