Why Jazz Education?
Jazz is the highest form of American Art music and therefore has a significant place in our public school music curriculum. Growing-up learning to perform jazz music was not a regular part of my public school music education. In those days, most public school music programs emphasized the importance of developing note-reading skills and the skill of improvisation was rarely explored. It wasn't until college that I began to learn the language of jazz and the fundamentals of improvisation. As a result, I have made it my personal mission to ensure students have access to a quality jazz program so they may benefit from the life-long joy of learning about jazz. I hope the Jazz Band Tips section of this website is helpful to all those who wish to share the joy of jazz music making with their students!