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The Beginner’s Guide to Improvising

The Beginner’s Guide to Improvising A Three-Step Process for your Beginner Jazz Students By NAfME Member Richard Grennor This article originally appeared on “Dr. Grennor’s Music Academy” blog.   There…

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Building Better Improvisers

Building Better Improvisers Dedicating Class Time to Improvisation? By NAfME Member Dr. Russell Ballenger   I know, I know—“But our concert is in a couple weeks, and we need every…

Call and Response: Teaching Jazz Improvisation

Call and Response Teaching Jazz Improvisation By NAfME Members Bob Habersat and Paul Levy   Teaching improvisation in a school setting is often the biggest challenge for a jazz band…

What’s So Special About Jazz?

What’s So Special About Jazz? Unique Attributes of America’s Music that Need to be Taken Into Consideration when Constructing Student Learning Objectives Specific to Jazz Education. By NAfME member Glen…

The Next Generation of Music Education

The Next Generation of Music Education in Chaska, Minnesota By NAfME member Eric Songer   The Next Generation of Music Education is an incredible revolutionary project that involves transforming music…

Improvisation Is Not a Bad Word

Improvisation Is Not a Bad Word A Method for Teaching Improvisation to Beginning Instrumentalists By NAfME Member Tina Krawcyk   A well-rounded musician can play both with music and by…