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JALC Announces 2006 Band Directors Academy Sessions

On June 12, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its seventh annual Band Directors Academy, drawing band directors from North America and South Africa. BDA is intended to give instructors educational tools that can be directly applied to the classroom, covering a variety of areas such as performance, history, pedagogy and discussion. The program will give jazz educators new methods for teaching students of all ages, from pre-kindergarten through high school. BDA is the companion program to Essentially Ellington, another Jazz at Lincoln Center project aiming to spread the study of Ellington’s work among high school jazz bands. This year’s BDA will focus on teaching improvisation and rhythm.

“Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ultimate goal is to see the arts in America, specifically the musical arts, achieve the prominence they deserve in our educational curriculum,” said JALC Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (pictured) in a press release.

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