Collaborative Commissions – You Can Do It!

Dean Sorenson and Nolan Hauta Dean Sorenson and Nolan Hauta completed a collaborative commission experience in the spring of 2021. The piece “Farther Down the Bank” was composed over the course of a semester and was premiered by the University of Dubuque Jazz Ensemble on April 14, 2021. This article will share elements of thatContinue reading Collaborative Commissions – You Can Do It!

A Note on Preparing Students for the Collegiate Level

In my capacity as a jazz professor at UNI, I meet or email with prospective students on a more or less weekly basis throughout the school year. One question that arises again and again is some variation of “How can I best prepare myself for success in jazz in college?” Most of the first-year collegeContinue reading “A Note on Preparing Students for the Collegiate Level”

Warm Ups From A Small School Setting

As I’m sure it is with all young band directors, we go into teaching with a quiet confidence that we’ve got this.  But also admitting to ourselves that we have a lot to learn along the way.  We try to balance the unknown with the known and keep pushing forward hoping that no one willContinue reading “Warm Ups From A Small School Setting”

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