Last November I was honored to present at the 2016 NAfME National In-Service. My session focused on helping choir directors implement vocal pedagogy in the classroom. If you attended the session, thank you. If not, you missed out on some awesome jokes; but not the information. In addition to providing the session handout here, I’d like to share some highlights in today’s post.
It seems like one advantage of playing a brass instrument is that you can play many different notes with the same fingering, thanks to what is known as the harmonic series. However, this can pose a technical challenge for the player. Quite often one can wind up in the wrong partial of the harmonic series, thus hitting the wrong note.
Life can be difficult for a guitar player in high school jazz band. Band directors don’t always provide clear direction. They often leave it up to the guitarist to make stylistic interpretations and tone decisions without any guidelines. When a budding guitarist is first introduced to jazz and big band music, how do they prioritize what to work on so that they can become an effective part of the ensemble?
In celebration of Make Music Day 2017, MakeMusic is hosting a composition contest for young composers, aged 13-21. Please share the news with your students! The winner will receive cash and other prizes. In addition, their composition will be made available to all users of SmartMusic Teach Free and will be performed live in select cities as part of national Make Music Day celebrations.
This month we added 25 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, jazz ensemble, concert band, and string orchestra. View the complete list here.
Today we’re featuring Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!” which was recently added to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. This is a very popular, fun, and easy concert band piece.
JazzGirls Day is an event specifically designed to invite girls and young women into the world of jazz. It includes games, clinics, jam sessions, performances, and panel discussions to help give girls a break from the male dominate jazz world they encounter on all other days. The whole point is to provide role models and a safe space so that girls can consider taking up jazz, and specifically, jazz improvisation.