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The Titan Jazz & Art Festival: A Model for Others – Part I

December 13, 2016

A distinctive approach to festivals where students perform AFTER receiving the clinician’s advice.

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Jazz in the Context of Chamber Music – Part I

October 27, 2015

Jazz is not usually considered chamber music in the classical sense… should it be?

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Too Much of a Good Thing

December 3, 2014

What Have We Done And How Do We Fix It?

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Rabid Jazz

March 26, 2014

A Semester Abroad, Teaching Jazz in Latvia

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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 practice techniques and learning how to be open and responsive while performing. My teaching at The University of North Florida and privately has taught me that these issues should be of the highest priority and […]

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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 in the music isn’t what it once was, digital technology has replaced live musicians with synthesized sounds. The dedicated jazz player need never give up his or her aspirations, but it never hurts to come […]

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