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Secret Ingredients to Successful Jazz Improvisation: 12+ Ways to Reinvent a Melody

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  • Improvisation is easily taught if the basic processes of music perception and creativity are understood. Memory, melodic reinvention, jazz ornamentation, blues vocabulary and style are key. The clinician will present a step by step method of teaching jazz improvisation to beginners (of all ages). Special attention will be paid to techniques which are practical and ‚Äústudent friendly."
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  • Mike Steinel is a jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer, and arranger. He has been a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at the University of North Texas since 1987. Internationally recognized as a jazz educator and performer, Steinel is the author of Building a Jazz Vocabulary and Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble both published by Hal Leonard. He has performed with Clark Terry, Don Ellis, Bill Evans, Jerry Bergonzi and recorded with the Chicago Jazz Quintet and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. He has served as Co-Chair of the Jazz Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Steinel holds degrees from Emporia State (B.M.E.) and North Texas State University (M.M.E.).