A wonderful example of peer inspiration is the Australian festival ‘Generations in Jazz’. Each May, school jazz ensembles from around the country converge on the regional city of Mount Gambier in South Australia to participate in competition, concerts, and workshops. The presence of Australian jazz legend James Morrison inspires throughout with his phenomenal musical skill and storytelling ability. But in the main it is the students who inspire one another to reach higher and higher. An inspiration principle is at work here—the closer the age of the role model to the student, the greater the possibility for the fire of inspiration to spark. Consequently the past twenty-five years of this festival have witnessed significant growth in the number of student musicians participating – almost 3700 in 2015,and an equally impressive rise in the quality of the music being produced. First-time participants are typically astonished that likeminded peers from schools around Australia can play jazz so well. When home again these children get busy with their teachers and set about to reach the standards witnessed in Mount Gambier.
Meaningful projects taking place over time and involving various forms of group and individual activity are the most promising vehicles for learning. – Howard Gardner
An excerpt from ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ by Michael Griffin
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Modern Harmony Method: Fundamentals of Jazz and Popular Harmony (Third Edition, 2013) is a clear and well organised text suitable for students of arranging and composition, and for classically trained musicians wishing to grasp the beautiful logic of jazz harmony. Essential understandings include chord selection, voicing, symbols, circle of 4th progressions, extensions, suspensions and alterations. Included in the 107 pages are explanations, examples, exercises and solutions. The course can be started with students in year 9 and worked through to year 12 musicianship, composing and arranging. Available at Amazon.com
Music and Keyboard in the Classroom: Fundamentals of Notation is a unit of work for general music middle school classes. Designed around the mastering of practical skills, it integrates theory, aural and history, and allows students to progress at their own rate. View Table of Contents. “This has been a great buy; the books are just superb! Interesting topics with a wide range of pieces. Great content with clear progression of learning. Fascinating teaching philosophy! BRAVO!” -The Grieg Academy, London. Available at Amazon.com
Music and Keyboard in the Classroom: Let’s Get Creative! is the fun and creative extension to ‘Fundamentals of Notation’.
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Second edition. Bumblebee! is more than just a wonderful collection of 130 choir exercises and rounds. The author shares timeless wisdom to help you get your choir – primary or secondary – into shape.
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