The Litchfield Jazz Camp presents
Teach the Teacher
The Pros Unlock the Secrets of Jazz for the Classroom Teacher
July 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2011
At Kent School
$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:
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:
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
(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 & GreetDay II (Thursday, July 21)
9:00-10:00 How to Listen to JazzDay III (Friday, July 22)
9:00-10:00 Pop Inspired Practice: Getting Kids to Use Their Music to Practice Basics
Please contact our office at 860-361-6285 to register!
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