Jerry Tolson, Professor of Music Education and Jazz Studies and Chair of the Academic and Professional Studies Department in the School of Music at the University of Louisville, has been named the 2021 inductee to the Jazz Educators of Iowa (JEI) Hall of Fame. The JEI Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have created newContinue reading “Jerry Tolson Named to JEI Hall of Fame”
Here is some recommended reading on Jazz History from the panelists in our January 2021 discussion on Honoring the Roots of Jazz in Teaching: “Thinking in Jazz” by Paul Berliner “JAZZ” by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux “Sayin’ Something “by Ingrid Monson “Notes and Tones” and “Keeping Time” edited by Robert Walser “Blues People” byContinue reading “Jazz History Resources”
By Luke Saunders Question: How do you get young guitarists to stop playing?Answer: Put sheet music in front of them.While a comedic generalization, this jab often holds true. However, it does not have to be that way! Young guitarists bring plenty of useful skills into your jazz band, and you do not need a backgroundContinue reading “Maximizing The Potential of Your Young Jazz Guitarists”
In these times when American society is re-examining its history through the lens of the experiences of people of color, how does a band director in Iowa honor the roots of jazz as music created in response to discrimination and repression, while also teaching notes and rhythms? A simple way to begin may be asContinue reading “Getting to the “Why””
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