You Can Do It!: Directing a Vocal or Instrumental Jazz Ensemble as a Classically Trained Musician
Clinician(s): Kyoko Yamamoto
This clinic will inspire and encourage music teachers to successfully teach jazz ensembles, vocal or instrumental, even if they are not trained as a jazz musician.
As a classically trained musician in Japan, Kyoko will share her experiences teaching jazz in both middle and high school settings.
The clinic will cover different classroom/ensemble strategies across all grades (k-12), building fundamental techniques through warm up exercises, developing good listening habits, utilizing student leadership and technology (tuner/metronome/ireal pro, etc) for sectional or combo rehearsals, and maximizing their own musical strengths and experiences to digest jazz chart as well as to direct ensembles. The participants will be inspired, encouraged, and will further their confidence teaching jazz ensemble.