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date: 14 November 2019

Jazz Educationlocked

  • Michael D. Worthy


A subdivision and subculture within music education that focuses on the pedagogy of jazz, including style, improvisation, technique, composing, and arranging. Jazz education began as a means of sharing knowledge about jazz performance technique and improvisation in informal settings among musicians in cities and geographical areas where jazz developed. Early jazz musicians learned to play the style and improvise jazz by imitating others. This required direct observation of performers in typical venues such as dance halls, nightclubs, and bordellos. Aspiring musicians also participated in jam sessions to acquire, share, and hone their jazz performance skills.

The first audio recordings of jazz performances were made in 1917. Since then recordings have facilitated the dissemination of exemplary compositions, improvisations, and stylistic performances without limits of distance or time. Through careful study of recorded performances one may still learn to play like Louis Armstrong from “Satchmo” himself. The educational role of listening to and imitating jazz recordings cannot be overstated....

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