Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy

May 28-30, 2014
Mesa Arts Center
Mesa, AZ

June 27-June 30, 2014
Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY

Are you new to conducting jazz band? Are you a veteran jazz band director looking for new ways to work with your big band? Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy (BDA) offers powerful insights into the teaching of jazz and emphasizes hands-on learning and techniques that can be immediately applied to the classroom. The Academy is split into two separate divisions: one for beginning/intermediate-level jazz band directors, and the other for advanced directors with years of jazz band experience. Beginners start with the basics of theory and the culture and history of jazz, while the advanced group, led by the country’s leading jazz band directors, will include seminars that delve deeper into effective rehearsal strategies, best practices and appropriate repertoire selection for your group.

The four-day session includes hands-on classes with a student demo band, jam sessions, topic discussions and a faculty concert. Whether you’re a music education student or a veteran teacher, BDA offers tips and techniques for a deeper understanding of, and passion for, teaching jazz.

Faculty to include:

Scott Brown, Director, Roosevelt High School
(Seattle, WA)

Ron Carter, Director of Jazz Studies,
Northern Illinois University

Jim Gasior, Director, New World School of the Arts High School (Miami, FL)

Reginald Thomas, Professor of Music,
Michigan State University

Rodney Whitaker, Director of Jazz Studies,
Michigan State University

Others TBD

Tuition: $350 per person

Discounts are available for 2013-14 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program members and music education students. Scholarships are available.

For more information or to register:
Phone: 212.258.9810
Email: bda@jalc.org