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May 7, 2019

SOME THOUGHTS ON JAZZ COMPETITIONS

SOME THOUGHTS ON JAZZ COMPETITIONS by Todd Stoll It feels a little odd to be discussing competitions in the days right before I host one of the most competitive and perhaps well-known events in the country, Essentially Ellington. Or maybe it’s perfect.  I’ve experienced almost every level of participation at our jazz competitions, from “loser” […]

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April 1, 2019

WHY TEACH JAZZ?

WHY TEACH JAZZ? by Todd Stoll Happy National Jazz Appreciation Month! I encourage all of our members to go to the JAM website to find ways to celebrate and share the music we support and love. Our close friend and colleague, John Hasse,  Curator Emeritus of American Music at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History […]

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March 4, 2019

The All-State Hustle

THE ALL-STATE HUSTLE by Todd Stoll DISCLAIMER: I am not against new music. I am in favor of new music, and believe jazz has contemporary relevance in modern society. I am not against new music. But, it’s state conference season, so let’s take some time to discuss our all state jazz bands. After you read […]

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February 5, 2019

OUR CONFERENCE, OUR COMMUNITY

OUR CONFERENCE, OUR COMMUNITY by Todd Stoll Our Conference, Our Community I write this as I reflect back on the 10th annual JEN conference that recently took place in Reno, Nevada. I am so excited to participate this year as President as we move JEN into its next decade. So many important milestones have been […]

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December 3, 2018

TEACHING MUSIC IN THE 21st CENTURY

TEACHING MUSIC IN THE 21st CENTURY by Todd Stoll Three years ago, I wrote a piece that was picked up by Time magazine, it was meant to celebrate the passing of the ESSA Act and encourage music educators to reach deeper into the subject that we love. It is reprinted here as a reminder that […]

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