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December, 18, 2015
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




Effective Strategies For Teaching Jazz To Beginners

Clinic Synopsis:

As jazz instruction has grown more commonplace, educators have become increasingly aware of the unique challenges presented when exposing young musicians to jazz for the first time. This clinic will address those challenges by focusing on the three areas that are most problematic: jazz style, rhythm section techniques, and improvisation. Clear and practical strategies will be explained and demonstrated.

Mike Steinel - Biographical Information

Mike Steinel is a jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. An internationally recognized jazz educator, Mike is the author the highly acclaimed Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble and Building a Jazz Vocabulary. He has performed throughout the US, Canada and in Europe, appearing as soloist at the MENC, IAJE, and JEN international conventions; and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He has recorded with the Frank Mantooth Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Quintet and performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry, Don Ellis, Bill Evans, Zoot Sims, Jerry Bergonzi, and others. Mike has served as Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas since 1987 and been a faculty member of the Clark Terry Jazz Camp, the Aebersold Improvisation Camp, the Saskatchewan Summer Jazz Camp and the U of M Summer Jazz Residency. He is the founder and director of the UNT Jazz Combo Workshop, the UNT Jazz Trumpet Workshop, and the UNT Jazz Winds Workshop.