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The Balance of Mentorship

Greetings everyone. I’m Sean Jones, the President of the Jazz Education Network, and this is my June message.    I’ve been thinking a lot about mentoring as of late. And I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been working with organizations like Carnegie hall, and I’ve had the opportunity to teach at schools like the Berklee […]

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Spring Into Resilience

Hello everyone. I’m Sean Jones, the President of the Jazz Education Network. And this is our May Presidential address. I hope that you are all enjoying a much needed break, if you’re ending the semester or winding down your activities in high school, middle school or wherever you are. For me, it’s a really wonderful […]

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Theory vs. Language

This is near and dear to my heart as all of my messages are. But I have to say that this one is really special to me because we’re dealing with not just the music and how it’s perceived by all, but how we project the music.  For a long time we’ve heard, and at […]

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Tough & Balanced Love

watch the video above or read the text below. Tough and Balanced Love: The Balance of Nurturing & Accountability This is a very deep message, as it is near and dear to my heart. And the reason it’s near and dear to my heart is that I’ve lost several mentors over the past few years […]

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Reflect, Assess & Project

Reflect, Assess & Project: Pandemic Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Jazz Artists to Assess Their Career Goals Who would have imagined a year ago that we’d be in a virtual quarantine due to a virus that’s spreading worldwide? I know I wouldn’t have. Plans for tours, projects, personal growth, etc. were all put on hold, […]

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JENX2021: Let’s Do This!

Dear Jazz Community,In a typical year, we would all be preparing to travel to a specific location to participate in our annual JEN conference. Buying flights, booking rooms, preparing to move a large number of students, educators, artists, scholars, and presenters is normally what happens around this time of year. As we all know, COVID-19 […]

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Jazz & The ‘Whys’ of Life

Jazz & The ‘Whys’ of Life by Sean Jones Sounds of elementary chit chat between Malaika and her friends about the newest moves on roblox. Brinae’s frantic typing as she prepares for a hectic week, gearing up for the first virtual Tapology Tap Festival. Phoebe’s dialogue transitioning frequently between “DaDas,” cries and laughter. All a […]

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Let’s Go Beyond The Classroom

Let’s Go Beyond The Classroom By Sean Jones In 6th grade, my band director Jessica Turner noticed that I was always the first student to arrive at band rehearsal. She also noticed that I’d be practicing sections of the book that were a bit further along than the other band kids. So, she decided to […]

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It’s Deeper Than The Notes

It’s Deeper Than The Notes by Todd Stoll   This is my final column as your JEN President, and while I am not inclined to reminisce about the past two years, I will miss these monthly missives. I find it that funny now, given I actually tried to get out of writing these. I asked […]

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Jazz in The Time of Corona

Jazz in the Time of Corona by Todd Stoll I am sure that none of us could have imagined how dramatically the world would have changed since my last missive. Nearly all of us are working from home, valiantly transferring our years of experience with face-to-face programming to an unknown and (for many) uncomfortable virtual […]

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