Development of Jazz-Blues within American Pop Culture

December 17, 2013

The blues, which has its roots in the African American spiritual, plays a major role in most popular music forms including gospel, jazz and rock and roll.

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Standards? Determining Curricular Repertoire

September 20, 2011

A continued look at the process of developing standards in Jazz Education

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Lessons Learned: “Standards” – Determining Curricular Repertoire, Part 1

July 26, 2011

Dr. Mark Watkins looks at where to start, and how to standardize, Curricular Repertoire standards.

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Efficient Practice

April 18, 2011

The biggest challenges students face have to do with developing efficient practice techniques and learning how to be open and responsive while performing. This article addresses those challenges

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Efficient Practice

January 16, 2011

Over many years of teaching, I have learned that the biggest challenges students face have to do with developing efficient […]

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‘Plan B’ for the Jazz Musician

November 19, 2010

We all know how hard it is to make a living today as a jazz musician. Clubs have dwindled, interest […]

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Playing Jazz on the Bassoon

July 9, 2010

In recent years, several instruments not traditionally associated with jazz have come into the picture, including various strings instruments, brass, […]

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The Jazz Big Band: Ingredients To Assure Good Ensemble Performances

December 9, 2009

I was afforded the opportunity to play in jazz big bands from my youth through higher education. I experienced many […]

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Getting In Mysteries of the College Jazz Program Audition Process Explained

October 28, 2009

For many students, the college jazz program audition process can seem to be full of anxiety and stress. Although your […]

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Playing the Gig You’re On: Coltrane Knew How

March 18, 2009

Picture the following

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