Every instant of rehearsal time is a precious commodity. You don’t need me to tell you this. However, if you regularly find yourself starting rehearsal holding a French horn that needs oiling, a $13 check, and a permission slip, then this article is for you.
The jazz ensemble warmup is a great opportunity to teach some scales that are useful in jazz improvisation. Common modes like mixolydian or dorian will help get the players moving around their horns and will also give them some basic improvisational tools.
I began my education career as a teacher-centered conductor with a passion for music. I believed my “reign” in the classroom was about dictating process and procedures from the podium, which often resulted in spoon feeding every pitch and rhythm on the page.