Thanks to a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium will present a free all-day professional development program for music educators on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Madison East High School. This program is aimed at helping teachers (including pre-service teachers and teaching musicians) improve the quality of jazz education for our community’s K-12 students, and is being produced through a partnership between the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Fine Arts Division.
The program features a keynote address by Chicago-based Latin Grammy-nominated drummer/ percussionist Rubén Alvarez, break-out sessions led by top-flight presenters from the Jazz Institute’s outstanding “Jazz Links” peer professional development program, and a culminating performance and jam session with the Noteworthy Ensemble, a big band comprised of music teachers from Chicago Public Schools. The full schedule is presented below.
Participating teachers will have a chance to receive one of four $250 mini-grants to implement their professional learning, and Madison district teachers will be able to earn Professional Advancement Credit. Lunch will also be provided at no charge.
This outstanding program is open to any music educator or major jazz enthusiast, but pre-registration is required. To register, go to http://goo.gl/0t03d3.
November 9, 2013
Madison East High School
2222 East Washington Avenue
8:00 – 8:45am
8:45 – 9:00am
Welcome by Greater Madison Jazz Consortium
9:00 – 10:15am
Keynote Presentation by Rubén P. Alvarez: Romancing the Tone
2013 Latin Grammy-nominated drummer/Latin percussionist Rubén P. Alvarez will share the claves (keys) of success that have inspired his 43 years as a professional musician, and are the foundations of the teaching philosophies that have fueled his passion for sharing his knowledge of the percussive arts and Latin music and Latin jazz for over 32 years.
Rubén is a teaching artist for the Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazz Links Jazz Master residency program (elementary through high school). He also teaches private lessons and directs the Latin music and Latin Jazz combos and ensembles at Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago, and Prairie State College. He is an educational endorser for, and presents workshops and clinics internationally for, music industry leaders in music education, Latin Percussion® instruments, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals. He is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Education Network, the Board of Governors of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy, and as Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
10:30am – 12:00pm – Morning Sessions
Participants will choose from the following:
“If You Can Sing, You Can Scat!” : An Introduction to Vocal Jazz Techniques for Young Singers – Gaye Klopack
This session will allow you to examine the voice as an instrument, learn mic techniques and provide repertoire and materials to enable the beginning vocal jazz program. You will learn how to teach your students to have fun with Vocal Jazz improvisation techniques, engaging activities and methods that encourage creative experimentation.
Presenter Gaye Klopack is the vocal music instructor at Jones College Prep High School and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Northwestern Illinois University in Chicago.
“Chordal Progressions for the Jazz Pianist” (Beginning and Advanced) – Frank Menzies
Tutorial sessions geared towards assisting the classroom teacher (Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra and Gospel Choir) with guiding their keyboardists from basic structure to an advanced paradigm. The approach will lend itself to more solid support of and in the ensemble.
Presenter Frank Menzies is the music instructor at Jones College Prep High School. He attended Howard University, Vander Cook College of Music, Governor’s State University and Chicago State University. He has recorded with Jon Faddis, Roy Haynes, and others. Mr. Menzies was the Illinois District IMEA guest conductor in ‘03 and the Illinois All-State Presenter in ‘04. In ‘05 he received an Honorary Commission from the Congressional Leadership Council. Mr. Menzies has toured China, Canada, and throughout the U.S.
Unleashing Creativity: Beginning Improvisation for the General Music Class – Chip Gdalman
When improvisation is mentioned, most people (and music teachers) immediately think jazz. While improvisation is the main feature of jazz, it is also found in blues, rock, hip-hop, and world music. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven were also famous for their improvisations. This workshop will present several different scenarios for getting your students to improvise by using rhythms (percussion and/or just clapping), words (storytelling and raps), and easy scales (Orff instruments, recorders, or band instruments). You will be presented with simple techniques and plans to get you and your students over that hump of timid-ness and into the excitement and joy of improvising.
Presenter Chip Gdalman teaches band and general music at Gompers Fine Arts Option Elementary School on the far south side of Chicago. He has also taught at the university level and is a working jazz saxophonist.
12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch A lunch of sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, dessert, and bottled water will be provided on site at no cost to participants
1:00 – 2:30pm – Afternoon Sessions
Participants will choose from the following:
Don’t be Afraid to Hit The Drum, No Matter Where It’s From – Rubén P. Alvarez
Sing the praises of the orishas of Africa, move your body to the mambo, and let your soul soar with the samba. Celebrate a percussive fiesta that promises to entertain as well as educate students and teachers alike about the African roots and basic performance techniques of Afro-Latin rhythms from Brazil and Cuba that are the heartbeat of Latin jazz.
Presenter, Ruben P. Alvarez, is a Chicago-based Latin percussionist, drum set artist, author, composer, and educator. His performance credits include movie soundtracks, radio and television jingles, and performances and recordings with Grammy nominees Guitarra Azul, Chuchito Valdes, Ramsey Lewis, and Sones de Mexico, Chicago’s premier Latin jazz ensemble Chevere, and the rumba flamenco ensemble Guitarra Azul. He presents clinics and master classes internationally, teaches at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities.
Teaching Jazz in Elementary Schools – Diane Ellis
Receive first-hand information about how to start an elementary school jazz band program at your school. The session will outline the steps it takes to ensure success.
Presenter Diane ‘Lil Sax” Ellis is a master musician and solo artist on the alto saxophone. She has been tutored in jazz by great master musicians such as Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford, Jimmy Ellis, David “Fat Head” Newman, Houston Person, and many more. Diane has performed on the road with organists Jimmy McGriff and Charles Earland. She performed as a soloist at the world jazz festival in Ochos Rio, Jamaica and for two years the October Fest in Ingolstadt, Germany. On the encore trip to Germany, Diane was the opening act for the late great Ray Charles. Besides heading her own group, Diane Ellis currently performs with the Tony Smith Show, Morris Ellis Jazz Orchestra, and the Walter Cartwright Big Band. She also freelances with small combo groups around the Chicago area. Diane gives back to her community by teaching music appreciation and band to over 850 children during the course of a week at the Arthur Dixon Elementary School.
Jazz Arranging: Write Great Charts That Your Kids Can Play … Well! – Kevin Korschgen
This session will provide a practicum for writing playable charts for all skill levels and instrumentations.
Presenter Kevin Korschgen returned to Chicago following a three-year sojourn to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was the Artistic Director of the Sante Fe Youth Symphony Association and Director of Bands at Santa Fe High School. Prior to that Mr. Korschgen worked in Chicago as a musician and educator for 25 years. He developed Chicago Public Schools’ Lake View High School band program, the centerpiece of which is a dynamic “Latin” Jazz Band. Mr. Korschgen, a subtle and fiery drummer, has performed with many of Chicago’s premier jazz musicians, and has toured with nationally recognized trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave. He has performed with the Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra and has directed productions of the musicals Godspell, Peter Pan, Little Mary Sunshine, and Oklahoma. Currently, he is band director at Harlan High School and assistant director of the Chicago Public Schools’ All-City Jazz Band.
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Set up for Performance/Jam Session
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Performance and/or Jam Session
Chicago Public Schools Teachers’ Jazz Ensemble: Noteworthy Jazz Ensemble
Quite possibly the only band of its kind in the country, Noteworthy is an ensemble of Chicago Public School music teachers, many of whom are also the jazz band directors at their schools. The idea to form a band grew out of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Teachers Advisory Council. From the members’ desire to create an opportunity to “practice what they teach,” the band grew quickly from an octet to a burgeoning big band. The ensemble members see the establishment of Noteworthy as a model for music teachers across the country, especially as a tool to increase and build awareness and advocacy for arts education.
In order to plan for stage space and accommodation of rhythm players, jam session participants are asked to register their instrument.