The Litchfield Jazz Camp presents



Teach the Teacher


The Pros Unlock the Secrets of Jazz for the Classroom Teacher


July 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2011
Offered by:

At Kent School
Kent, CT

$295 - teachers
$250 - undergraduates


Teach the Teacher - in a Nutshell


Teach the Teacher is an innovative program created by the world-renowned Litchfield Jazz Camp to bring its formidable jazz resources to the classroom teacher. Teach the Teacher is a 3-day workshop designed to help school teachers at all grade levels develop or expand effective strategies for educating their students about America's national music treasure - Jazz!

The program is led by saxophonist/composer and Music Director of Litchfield Jazz Camp, Don Braden, and an all-star faculty. For bios of the entire Jazz Camp faculty and the workshop Master Teachers visit http://www.litchfieldjazzcamp.com/teaching-artists/ljc-line-up. Master teachers include baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, drummer Alvin Atkinson, trombonist Peter McEachern, pianist Helen Sung, and alto saxophonist Kris Allen. They will give you the tools to take your jazz ensembles to the next level or to create a jazz ensemble if you donít already have one. Taking this course may help you accumulate Professional Development credit in your district and will help you meet National Standards in your classroom. For Connecticut teachers, the course offers 1.2 CEUs.

Lead From the Front



We seek to inspire teachers to "lead from the front"; that is, to participate and show whatever jazz elements they can. Perhaps thatís not easy for you yet, but we aim to help you become comfortable with demonstrating ideas and techniques. Most teachers really enjoy the challenge, and the kids love hearing their teachers play. We know that some of you have very little experience in jazz yourselves. Others may have quite a bit. To address this, Teach the Teacher will tailor its instruction to both levels. The instruction you receive will help you immeasurably to work with small ensembles as well as student jazz big bands.

Why You Need This Workshop



We all know that playing music is great for young people. That is why you chose this field. Jazz study in particular teaches many invaluable life skills. These include: listening, creativity, leadership, teamwork, and emotional expression, to name a few. Jazz can empower students to learn skills they need to create their own music. It can be fun and challenging at the same time and liberate self-expression. Just as important, it teaches strategies to help students excel in academics.

We seek to inspire teachers to "lead from the front"; that is, to participate and show, at least on a basic level, whatever jazz elements they can. Perhaps thatís not easy for you yet, but we aim to help you become comfortable with demonstrating ideas and techniques. Most teachers really enjoy the challenge, and the kids love hearing their teachers play. Even if a teacher is inexperienced in improvisation, his or her instrumental skills help students learn basics like playing with a beautiful sound. In any case, most teachers relish the excuse to practice more!

We know that some of you have very little experience in jazz yourselves. Others may have quite a bit. To address this, Teach the Teacher will tailor its instruction to both levels. The instruction you receive will help you immeasurably to work with small ensembles as well as student jazz big bands.

How Teach the Teacher Will Help YOU Help Your Students



Our classes will present how to:
  • Help your students develop clear goals for their musical expression.
  • Inspire your students to practice more productively and to spend more time practicing.
  • Teach the teacher how to listen to music in a deeper way, and to use what he or she hears to improve practice. These skills can be passed right on to your students.
  • Help your students work to improve their sound and intonation.
  • Teach your students to improve their rhythm.
  • Practice scales effectively--and why that's so important.
  • Work on their basic piano skills
  • Improvise over a 12 bar blues and other simple song forms, using the pentatonic scale and the blues scale, as well as diatonic scales.
  • Phrase and blend more effectively in an ensemble setting.

The Trip to Hip



Teach the Teacher will bring you master instructors for each category of jazz instrument --drums, bass, piano and guitar (for chordal comping), winds and vocals. They will demonstrate how you teach basic jazz performance elements and swing while you are doing it!

Youíll also learn how to listen to classic jazz recordings to support and better understand their elements and how to convey this to your students.

Youíll learn to listen for:
  • Basic jazz drum grooves.
  • Basic bass lines, based on chord symbols.
  • Basic piano/guitar comping, based on chord symbols.
  • Basic jazz phrasing.

Sharpen Your Skills



This workshop will help you take the music theory you already know and show you how to apply that to jazz. Our jazz theory class will focus on the basics you and your students will need to know to improvise over chord changes.

The Setting for Teach the Teacher



The workshop will be held at Kent School in Kent, CT against the backdrop of Litchfield Jazz Camp. LJC hosts students of all ages and features top-flight professional concerts, one of which you will enjoy on the first evening which is included in your workshop fee. You may reside on the night between course days (July 20th, 21st & 22nd) at Kent School (space available) for a fee of $75/night per person double occupancy, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals for non-residents can be reserved for $13 per meal. Feel free to brown bag if you wish or patronize nearby restaurants. Click HERE to view local accommodations

The Schedule


(Subject to change)

Our classes run from 9AM until 5PM each day with a faculty concert on the first evening at 7:15.

[IT] = Introductory Track (for those inexperienced in teaching Jazz
[ET] = Experienced Track (for those with some experience)

Day I (Wednesday, July 20)
8:30-9:00 Meet & Greet
9:00-10:00 Introductory Session - What is Jazz? (and Intro to its History)
10:15-11:30 [IT] Intro to Swing Phrasing and Rhythm
10:15-11:30 [ET] Swing Phrasing and Rhythm Workshop
11:45-12:15 Lunch (with Participants and Faculty)
12:30-1:30 [IT] Basics of a Jazz Ensemble & Basic Rehearsal Techniques
12:30-1:30 [ET] How to Optimize & Rehearse your Jazz Ensemble
1:30-3:00 Visit the LJC Combos ([IT] & [ET] visit separate combos)
3:15-4:45 [IT] Improvisation I: Intro to the Blues
3:15-4:45 [ET] Improvisation Ia: The Blues (and related forms)
5:00-5:30 Mediated Rap Session and Q&A- Let's Share Ideas
5:30-6:00 Dinner
7:15-8:30 LJC Faculty Concert
8:30-9:55 LJC Jam Session (pick your level!)

Day II (Thursday, July 21)
9:00-10:00 How to Listen to Jazz
10:15-11:30 [IT] Core Jazz Theory: Intro to Scales and Chords used in Jazz
10:15-11:30 [ET] Core Jazz Theory: Scales & Chords Workshop
10:40-11:40 (Optional: Visit LJC Theory Classes)
11:45-12:15 Lunch (with Participants and Faculty)
12:30-1:30 Approaching Practice: How to Inspire Visualization & Set Clear Goals, plus General Techniques
1:30-3:00 [IT] Improvisation II: Intro to Playing Changes (using scale and chord patterns)
1:30-3:00 [ET] Improvisation IIa: Techniques for Chord/Scale Improv
1:30-3:00 (Optional: Visit the LJC Combos ([IT] & [ET] visit separate combos)
3:15-4:30 Rhythm Section Workshop
3:15-4:15 (Optional: Visit LJC Master Classes, then come back & join the Workshop)
4:45-5:30 Mediated Rap Session and Q&A - Let's Share More Ideas
5:30-6:00 Dinner
7:15-8:30 LJC Faculty Concert
8:30-9:55 LJC Jam Session (pick your level!)

Day III (Friday, July 22)
9:00-10:00 Pop Inspired Practice: Getting Kids to Use Their Music to Practice Basics
10:15-11:30 Techniques for Integrating Instrumentalists and Vocalists
11:45-12:15 Lunch (with Participants and Faculty)
12:30-1:30 Fun & Games: Creative Ways to Motivate Your Students (and Yourself!)
1:30-3:00 [IT] Basic Improvisation III: Basic Rhythm & Patterns
1:30-3:00 [ET] Basic Improvisation IIIa: Creative Use of Rhythm & Patterns
1:30-3:00 (Optional: Visit the LJC Combos ([IT] & [ET] visit separate combos)
3:15-4:30 TTT Playing/Improv Session(s) Ė Putting it All Together
3:15-4:15 (Optional: Visit LJC Faculty/Student Q&A, then come back & join the Playing)
4:30-5:00 Mediated Rap Session and Q&A - Let's Share Even More Ideas
5:00-5:30 Surveys and CEU document completion
5:30-6:00 Dinner
6:30-9:30 LJC Student Combo Concert

Please contact our office at 860-361-6285 to register!


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