Jazz at Lincoln Center's 14th Annual Band Directors Academy

Jun 28 - Jul 01, 2013

“Big Band Rehearsal Techniques”
Are you new to conducting jazz band? Are you a veteran jazz band director looking for new ways to work with your big band? Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy (BDA) offers powerful insights into the teaching of jazz and emphasizes hands-on learning and techniques that can be immediately applied to the classroom. This year, the Academy will be split into two separate tracks: one for beginning/intermediate-level jazz band directors, and the other for advanced directors with years of jazz band experience. Beginners start with the basics of theory and the culture and history of jazz, while the advanced group, led by the country’s leading jazz band directors, will include seminars that delve deeper into effective rehearsal strategies, best practices and appropriate repertoire selection for your group.
The four-day session includes hands-on classes with a student demo band, jam sessions, topic discussions and a faculty concert. Whether you’re a music education student or a veteran teacher, BDA offers tips and techniques for a deeper understanding of, and passion for, teaching jazz.

Faculty to include:
Ron Carter
Director of Jazz Studies, Northern Illinois University
Stephen Massey
Director, Foxboro High School jazz band (Foxboro, MA)
Reginald Thomas
Professor of Music, Michigan State University
Rodney Whitaker
Director of Jazz Studies, Michigan State University
Others TBD

$350 / General Tuition
$300 / 2012-13 Essentially Ellington members
$250 / Undergraduate or Graduate music education students

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