Education Committee

Mission: Mission Statement: The JEN Education Committee will work to advance jazz education at all instructional levels by understanding the jazz educa- tion needs of educators and working together to meet those needs with viable resources that inspire, enable, and empower teachers in jazz education, creating a community that spans the globe.

Chair: Sharon Burch
Early Childhood: Louise Rogers
K-8 General Music & Vocal Jazz: Natalie Wilson
HS Vocal Jazz: Mike Molloy
Collegiate Vocal Jazz: Rosana Eckert
MS Instrumental: Roosevelt Griffin
HS Instrumental Jazz: Nic Meyer
Strings & Global Jazz: Tino D'Agostino
Collegiate Instrumental Jazz: Chris Madsen & Ellen Rowe
Arts Integration: Judy Shafer
Internet Jazz Education: Jesse Nolan
Past Committee Chairs: Mary Jo Papich, Darla Hanley

 


 

Building a 24/7 Network for Jazz Educators

By Sharon Burch

JEN is excited to become a resource for jazz education at every level. A dedicated and talented Education Committee, with representatives of all grade levels and segments of jazz, is creating ways to advance jazz education by engaging the music education community, making jazz accessible, and leading by example.

Mission Statement: The JEN Education Committee will work to advance jazz education at all instructional levels by understanding the jazz education needs of educators and working together to meet those needs with viable resources that inspire, enable, and empower teachers in jazz education, creating a community that spans the globe.

The education committee represents all grade levels and segments of jazz, serving as subcommittee representatives for each area. Together, the committee created a vision with an action plan for implementation.

“Education equals success. Success inspires.”

A quote shared by committee member, Rosana Eckert, established the vision and the committee is taking action, building a 24/7 network of jazz educators and resources, creating, locating, and providing tools for success at any level. The committee is busy compiling video clips, teaching tips, lesson plans, and more for the JEN education website pages. Here are a few highlights of each area, with samples of content:

• Early Childhood: Teaching resources for the early childhood/pre-K level, including jazz musicians and non-musically trained early childhood teachers.

• K-8 General Music: Teaching resources for the K-8 general music level, including jazz musicians, classically-trained music teachers, and non-musically trained classroom teachers.

• Vocal Jazz (Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Collegiate): We’re excited to announce a new strategic partnership with the American Choral Director’s Association, sharing resources between organizations. Some examples include: teacher tips on how to teach improv, how to give rhythm section instruction, vocalization - classical vs. jazz, transition steps from show choir to vocal jazz.

• Instrumental Jazz (Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Collegiate): Resources for jazz education in the beginner/concert band setting, including how to bridge the gap between classical and jazz, steps to begin a jazz band program, along with foundational concepts and suggested exercises and literature. And resources for the more advanced programs, such as tips for moving guitarists from reading tab to reading chord changes and single note lines, two- handed rootless voicings on the piano, tips for moving students from electric bass to upright bass, and advanced jazz instruction resources and techniques specific to each instrument.

• Strings and Global Jazz (All levels): Importance of jazz inclusion in all ensembles. Resources on how to improvise on any instrument, including demonstration video clips, and how to incorporate 21st century skills via student-run rehearsal and performance groups.

• Jazz at the Collegiate Level: Diversity in collegiate programs, a case for including an improvisational element in all ensembles, and steps to implement and include a basic jazz curriculum for all music education degree programs, as well as resources for the established and advanced jazz degree program.

• Arts Integration: Jazz is an American art form with cultural and creative value beyond a genre of music. The website will provide resources on how to establish Arts Integration programs in schools which are more than a live concert for kids, connecting the content of the tunes/program with the educational needs of the school, including practical tips on implementation.

We invite all JEN members to become part of a subcommittee in their area of interest. Contact one of the following to become part of your subcommittee of interest or email me at Sharon@FreddieTheFrog.com.

Sharon Burch is a music educator, author, presenter, consultant in elementary music education for Jazz At Lincoln Center, and Chair of the JEN Education Committee.