very exciting time for expanding one’s musical horizons,
students at this age really show what they are made of: Whether
they are just starting out, or moving their musical prowess
into a higher gear, high school is a wonderful time for some
hard work and being exposed to new concepts.
Serious jazz students are now playing actively in ensembles
and are highly encouraged to take or continue classical lessons
as well as jazz. This will be important for college preparedness.
Otherwise, time is allotted in the jazz lesson for some classical
Jazz students learn what all jazz musicians learn: How to transcribe,
transpose, and work with multiple ways to approach improvisation.
Solo piano style continues to be developed, and a big fat library
of jazz on the IPod is mandatory!
I always enjoy having some philosophical discussions with my
seniors about art, aesthetics, and all types of jazz. Getting
seniors to practice is another story…