Posts for December 2002

December 1, 2002

A jazz improvisation curriculum: Junior high through college

The following is a suggested curriculum for teaching jazz style and improvisation to students from junior high school through college. The materials listed are geared toward the developing saxophonist, but may be substituted or adapted to meet needs of other instrumentalists. The curriculum assumes the student has a basic command of the instrument, and should ...

December 1, 2002

Ideas for directing student jazz bands

The following is a summary of lessons learned from observing rehearsals of jazz big bands. A great debt is owed here to Dr. Ray Smith of Brigham Young University, director of the Synthesis big band. A picture is worth a thousand words The student jazz group should be exposed to recordings (or, when possible, live ...

December 1, 2002

Multi-instrument method in Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s “Creole Love Call”

View the transcription The artist1 Roland Kirk was born in 1935. As an infant, he was blinded, possibly by negligent medical care. He attended the Ohio State School for the blind, where he played in the school band. At the age of sixteen, he led a dance band that performed around the Midwest. It was ...
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