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Lessons with the Masters...Rehearsing the Jazz Band

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  • These top educators will share secrets to challenges that confront us every day. Enter the virtual rehearsal hall of these educators who bring a wealth of experience and suggestions that will aid you in your teaching. Topics include: Rehearsal Philosophy/Preparation, Improvisation, Ensemble Technique, Literature and Listening. The goal of this session is to motivate and provide teaching techniques that will assist in developing quality ensembles.
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  • Mary Jo Papich is CoFounder and first president of the Jazz Education Network. She is the founder/director for student Fests in New Orleans and Puerto Vallarta. Serving public school education for 35+ years, MJ served as Fine Arts Director for Skokie D219; Fine Arts Chair at Highland Park HS. As district Fine Arts Coordinator in Peoria Public School 150 she founded the Peoria Jazz All Stars who performed at Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria Jazz Festivals, IMEA Conference, ASBDA and many events. Prior, Mary Jo was an award winning band director at Peoria’s Woodruff High School. Her leadership/honor positions include serving on the selection committee for the NARAS Grammy Music Educator of the Year award, Artistic Access to Excellence Panel for the NEA, ILMEA VP, and HP Cultural Arts Commission, Central IL ArtsPartners and many other arts organizations. Mary Jo’s recent honors include receiving Jazz Education Achievement Award from DownBeat, Women in Jazz Award from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. HPHS Focus on the Arts annually awards a Highland Park High School student the MJ Papich Leadership Scholarship. JEN honors her by giving the Mary Jo Papich Women In Jazz Scholarship to deserving students. In 2015, Tau Beta Sigma presented her with the Outstanding Service to Music Education award. She was recently presented with the Outstanding Jazz Educator of the Year award from the Chicago Jazz Institute in April 2018 and the prestigious Medal of Honor from Midwest Clinic in 2019. Papich is the editor of The Jazz Educator’s Cookbook and Rehearsing the Jazz Band, Vol. 1. These books are published by Meredith Music and distributed by Hal Leonard Music, proceeds go to Jazz Education NetworkHer many presentations include: NAfME Conference, many State MEA conferences, Midwest Clinic, IAJE Conferences, Siena Jazz Foundation, South African Jazz Conf, Brubeck Institute. Her professional affiliations include JEN, ILMEA, NAfME, Illinois Arts in Education Alliance.