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Applications to perform or to propose a clinic at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic are now available!

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Sound, Technique and Vocabulary: The 3 Pillars of Practice for Jazz Students

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  • This clinic is a one hour presentation that helps students to focus their practice on three areas crucial to successful jazz performance: sound production, technique (language of music) and vocabulary development (learning the "jazz language.") As a high school jazz educator as well as an extremely active professional jazz saxophonist, I can offer a unique perspective to other music educators and give them some tools to help their students focus their practice to become better Jazz improvisors.
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  • John Wojciechowski teaches and performs in the Chicago area. As a saxophonist, John has performed or recorded with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchesta, Clark Terry, Charlie Haden, and Kurt Elling. Besides being an active performer, John (a National Board Certified Teacher) has taught at the public school as well as university levels. He is currently on the music faculty at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois where he teaches Jazz Bands and Music Theory. His groups have performed at the IAJE Conference, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Illinois All-State Music Educator’s Conference. In addition to his public school teaching, he has also taught at Northern Illinois University as well as Northwestern University.