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The 2019 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$130 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$160 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$95 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 

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Practical Guide to Improving Musicianship in Band and Orchestra

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  • Using standard repertoire, Dr. Azzara will provide practical and accessible procedures for improving musicianship in band and orchestra. Participants will experience “Seven Skills” designed to develop improvisation and music reading in a variety of musical styles. Azzara’s “Seven Skills” also provide a framework for assessing student learning. In the end, students and teachers will improve musicianship, with and without notation, and gain a deeper understanding of the literature.
  • Christopher Azzara (
  • 12/19/2018 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W181
  • Pianist, arranger, author, and educator, Christopher Azzara has made important contributions to advancing the understanding of creativity and improvisation music learning. An innovator in the area of music teaching and learning, Dr. Azzara is Professor of Music Education and Affiliate Faculty of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. He is author of numerous articles, arrangements, and books, including Developing Musicianship through Improvisation and Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series (GIA). Dr. Azzara's work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Early Childhood Connections, Music Educators Journal, and The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (MENC/Oxford). After receiving his Bachelor of Music from George Mason University, he taught instrumental music in the Fairfax County Public Schools and performed as a pianist in the Washington, DC area. He later received his Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the Eastman faculty, he was Associate Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre of the University of Hartford. His research and publications focus on meaningful relationships among listening, creating, improvising, reading, composing, and analyzing music in vocal and instrumental settings. He performs as a soloist and in various ensembles, including the Chris Azzara Quartet, and has played on and produced studio and educational recordings. An active teacher and clinician, he has presented and performed throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Lithuania, Poland, and Japan.