Online Registration Fees
The 2018 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$125 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$155 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$90 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 
$125 First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

NOTE:  Anyone registered as a spouse or exhibitor will be ineligible to receive a professional development certificate/credit hours for the events attended during the conference.  

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Jazz Improvisation: Exploring the Basics

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  • The objective of this clinic is to provide specific techniques for teaching jazz improvisation during full jazz band rehearsal or in non-jazz combo settings. Many schools fail to teach improvisation because they say, “we don’t have a combo program at our school.” Attendees will learn how to offer jazz improvisation as a normal part of every rehearsal. Players can learn to improvise in a nurturing and supportive environment.
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  • Ronald Carter is professor of music, coordinator of jazz studies, and director of the jazz ensemble at Northern Illinois University. He was also director of the renowned jazz ensemble at Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, IL for eighteen years. As a graduate of Bethune Cookman College and the University of Illinois, he is active as a clinician, guest conductor, and performer throughout the United States and abroad. In 1991, he received the Milken Educator Award and later the NIU Board of Trustees Professor Award. He is a published author with GIA Publications, Inc., and Alfred Music Publishing. Carter is a consultant for Essentially Ellington and a lead artist for the Band Director Academy at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is currently a featured artist for Conn-Selmer Inc., Rico Reeds, and D’Addario & Company.