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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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, and woodwinds. There are many reasons why the entry of new instruments into jazz is now taking place, some of which I would like to cover in this article. From the start of jazz or […]

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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 styles of leadership, some more effective than others. Some ensembles I played in at the University level were at a professional level. Others were mere reading ensembles sorely lacking in basic technique, intonation, improvisational skills, […]

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