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From the Top! Building Jazz Culture Through Dynamic Warm-Ups

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Bethany Robinson, Director of Noblesville HS Jazz 1, a 2021 Essentially Ellington Finalist, discusses how she uses dynamic warm-ups and rehearsal techniques to build an exciting culture in all 5 of her bands, from beginning to advanced.

Bethany Robinson - Biographical Information

Bethany Robinson, Director of Noblesville HS Jazz 1, a 2021 and 2022 Essentially Ellington Finalist, discusses how she uses dynamic warm-ups and rehearsal techniques to build an exciting culture in all 6 of her bands, from beginning to advanced.  Bethany Robinson is a Yamaha Performing Artist, 2022 Grammy Music Educator Award Finalist, NAfME Jazz Council Chair, President of the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, and serves on the Jazz Education Network Board. She began teaching in 2005 and is currently the Jazz Band Director and Assistant Band Director for Noblesville Schools in Noblesville, Indiana. Since 2010, the jazz program has expanded from 1 to 6 bands, and the top jazz ensemble has qualified for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in 2021 and 2022.    Robinson was the 2014 Indiana Jazz Educator of the Year, 2015 Noblesville Teacher of the Year and was a 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist. She is a 2-time Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow, receiving grants to study jazz and culture in both the US (2011) and Brazil (2019). Each spring, Bethany helps to lead Indiana Jazz Girls Day, hosting workshops and side-by-side concerts for students around the state of Indiana to elevate student leaders through jazz. Bethany was a keynote speaker for the 2021 Australia National Band and Orchestra Conference and presenter for the 2021 Indiana Music Educator Association. 

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