Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

In search of effective jazz education: An analysis and comparison of pedagogical methods employed by directors of successful high school jazz ensembles
by Fay, Kaitlyn A., M.M., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2013, 138; 1538595
Abstract (Summary)

Jazz education within academia is still young, yet many educators have been recognized for successful leadership of high school jazz ensembles. Directors of finalist bands from the 2012 Essentially Ellington competition, a national opportunity hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center, completed a questionnaire and interview regarding their pedagogical techniques and supplemental methods. All participants responded that listening to recordings and the fostering of peer mentoring are crucial elements. Other important techniques include singing, sight reading, rhythmic exercises, and the use of blues improvisation as a warm up activity. Important supplemental factors included personality traits such as intense, detail oriented, energetic, and fun, while participants noted the positive experiences and techniques learned from events with Jazz at Lincoln Center. In conclusion, leaders of successful high school jazz ensembles share several techniques, qualities, and behaviors, yet there is no single formula for a great high school jazz ensemble director.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Falk, Diane
Commitee: Demsey, David, McGuinness, Pete
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music education, Secondary education
Keywords: Band director, Jazz band, Jazz education, Jazz pedagogy
Publication Number: 1538595
ISBN: 978-1-303-12019-0
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