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Lessons offered by Jonathan
  • Individual
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The lessons will be held
  • at his home
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Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Music Reading
  • Trumpet
  • Wind instruments
Levels
  • All Levels

Award winning jazz trumpeter, composer and Doctor of Musical Arts offers lessons in NYC (20 yrs. exp.)

Methodology

After working as a public after-school teacher, as well as in the field of child-care and mentorship since 2004, through my experience, I have found that serving as a role model has become an incredibly effective teaching method. Any child or any human being for that matter is receptive and responsive to a teacher who is sure of themselves, and their preaching; a teacher who is articulate and direct with their words and actions; and a teacher who can be trusted and who makes their student feel comfortable in their presence. These three basic characteristics I've found, win over a students faith in a teacher, and greatly increase the rate of comprehension, application, and acquisition of knowledge.

I develop my curriculum around student interests, which fosters motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. One way to steer learning in a direction relevant to student interest, is to invite student dialogue about the lessons and units of study. Given the opportunity for input, students generate their own ideas and add to the pre-existing ones that have fostered my own imagination, and impact how I develop my lessons. When students share ownership in the curriculum, they feel a strong sense of purpose, are motivated to work hard, to set and accomplish their own goals, and to perform well.

Having studied and worked with musicians of world class ability for the past 8 years, I have adapted effective teaching techniques, and fused them with my own skills and knowledge to create a flexible approach that can mold itself to the abilities, individual needs and goals of a student or a program as a whole. Through my continued studies in music, and many other fields, my ability to relate to all people, including students continues to grow. I am able to quickly assess what kind of approach is appropriate for a group or an individual, and I have experience implementing practices that directly improve learning ability, interest in and comprehension of material. I understand the importance of time management, creative thinking, attention to detail and the ability to make something difficult seem fun and worthwhile.

Background

I'm a professional musician and educator from New York City, which is where I've spent roughly 2/3 of my life, and where I currently reside. My 30,000+ hours of experience within music is expressed through my 9 years of conservatory training, which includes Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Music degrees, and my work as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, and studio musician over the course of 20 years. I've recorded on 30 albums, including 2 under my own name for multiple record labels, and have written over 300 pages of scholarly work encompassing a wide variety of theoretical, musicological and pedagogical topics. I've also taught nearly 400 students over the past 7 years, including 3 years at the collegiate level.

I have been internationally recognized for excellence in music performance, composition, arranging and/or education through 20 awards, commissions and/or grants presented by the International Trumpet Guild (2X), The International Songwriting Competition (3X), The Herb Alpert Foundation, the Banff Center (2x), Chamber Music America, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, the School for Improvisational Music, the International Society for Improvised Music, the Association for Popular Music Education, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the Juilliard School, the Actors Fund/Local 802 Musicians Union, the Jazz Foundation of America, the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, the Recording Academy/MusiCares, and the University of Colorado Boulder Music Advisory Board.

As an educator, I have taught multi-level in-person and virtual music playing/appreciation courses for greater-New York-area based organizations such as the Afro-Latin Jazz Academy, the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, New York Ensemble Classes, the Lyceum Kennedy International School, Jubilee Enrichment Programs, Jazz Empowers and the New York Jazz Academy. I have also completed 6 semesters of service as a Graduate Part-Time Instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I taught multiple playing ensembles as well as 3 semesters of a 100+ student History of Jazz lecture class for non-majors.

While I specialize in the following broad areas of musical study, my specialties are not limited to: General Music, Composition, Arranging, Ear Training, Music History (includes classical, jazz, and world musics), Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Songwriting. I also specialize in the following instruments: Trumpet, flugelhorn, and Piano/Keyboards. My home studio is complete with weighted 88-key digital piano, Bose high quality speakers, audio and video recording equipment (Beyerdynamic M-160 microphone, Audient iD4 interface, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X), as well as a vast music library, musical media, and tablature spanning many musical genres, cultures and time periods.

After working as a public after-school teacher, as well as in the field of child-care and mentorship since 2004, through my experience, I have found that serving as a role model has become an incredibly effective teaching method. Any child or any human being for that matter is receptive and responsive to a teacher who is sure of themselves, and their preaching; a teacher who is articulate and direct with their words and actions; and a teacher who can be trusted and who makes their student feel comfortable in their presence. These three basic characteristics I've found, win over a students faith in a teacher, and greatly increase the rate of comprehension, application, and acquisition of knowledge.

I develop my curriculum around student interests, which fosters motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. One way to steer learning in a direction relevant to student interest, is to invite student dialogue about the lessons and units of study. Given the opportunity for input, students generate their own ideas and add to the pre-existing ones that have fostered my own imagination, and impact how I develop my lessons. When students share ownership in the curriculum, they feel a strong sense of purpose, are motivated to work hard, to set and accomplish their own goals, and to perform well.

Having studied and worked with musicians of world class ability for the past 8 years, I have adapted effective teaching techniques, and fused them with my own skills and knowledge to create a flexible approach that can mold itself to the abilities, individual needs and goals of a student or a program as a whole. Through my continued studies in music, and many other fields, my ability to relate to all people, including students continues to grow. I am able to quickly assess what kind of approach is appropriate for a group or an individual, and I have experience implementing practices that directly improve learning ability, interest in and comprehension of material. I understand the importance of time management, creative thinking, attention to detail and the ability to make something difficult seem fun and worthwhile.

I believe and live by the idea that creativity is an energy that flows through us, and one's creative abilities can be improved and expanded, through the emotional body, which is influenced by one's perceptions. Throughout my training in music, the arts, as well as my physical, mental and spiritual pursuits, I have realized that discipline, creative flow, and love for what one is and what one does can come together and yield great fulfillment and sense of purpose.

I look forward to being a part of your journey!

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $50/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $60
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $50

Details

All Levels Welcome
Travel Fee TBD based on location
24 Hour Cancellation Policy (Student must pay lesson fee if cancelling within 24 hours prior to lesson)

Lessons offered by Jonathan
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Music Reading
  • Trumpet
  • Wind instruments
Levels
  • All Levels

Jonathan's resume

SELECTED ARTISTIC HIGHLIGHTS
2020: Selected Presenter at the Association for Popular Music Education (APME) conference (Edinburgh Napier University-Edinburgh, Scotland)
2020: Selected Presenter at the International Society for Improvised Music conference (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music-Melbourne, Australia)
2020: Commission from the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers
2020: Finalist in auditions for GRAMMY-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra 4th Trumpet Chair
2019: Finalist in Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works Grant Competition
2019-20: Trumpeter w/ Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows Orchestra – The Jazz Gallery (NYC), Roulette (NYC)
2019-20: Trumpeter w/ Jihye Lee Jazz Orchestra– Shapeshifter Lab (NYC), Birdland (NYC)
2019-20: Trumpeter w/ Manuel Valera Big Band - Django (NYC), Terraza 7 (NYC)
2019-20: Trumpeter w/ Jason Marshall Big Band - Minton's Playhouse (NYC)
2018-20: Trumpeter w/ Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
2019: Trumpeter w/ Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra - The Jazz Standard (NYC)
2019: Trumpeter w/ The Mingus Big Band - The Jazz Standard (NYC)
2019: Trumpeter w/ the Birdland Big Band – Birdland (NYC)
2019: Trumpeter w/ Migiwa Miyajima Jazz Orchestra– Shapeshifter Lab (NYC)
2018: Headlining artist for the 1st ever Caribbean International Jazz Festival–Gelee Beach (Les Cayes,Haiti)
2017: Trumpeter w/ Tyshawn Sorey Group - The Met Brewer, The Stone (NYC)
2017: Release of 2nd album as leader, Journey to a New World (Fresh Sound New Talent)
2016-19: Full Scholarship w/ Paid Assistantship/Instructorship for Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (University of Colorado, Boulder)
2016: Soloist in world premiere of Jimmy Greene Big Band - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (NYC)
2015: Lead Trumpeter w/ Eco-Music Big Band - Carnegie Hall (NYC)
2015: Trumpeter w/ Eric Bergen - Birdland (NYC)
2015: Trumpeter w/ Djakout-Mizik – The Barclay’s Center (NYC)
2015: Trumpeter w/ Henry Cole group
2015: Trumpeter w/ Steve Coleman large ensemble
2014: Callback for the Juilliard Artist Diploma program auditions
2014: Trumpeter in world premiere of 71 trumpet piece “Trumpet City” by Craig Sheppard (NYC)
2014: Lead Trumpeter in U.S. National off-Broadway production of Damn Yankees (North America)
2013: Trumpeter w/ the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland (NYC)
2013: Trumpeter on Island Princess for Princess Cruises (Panama Canal)
2013: Festival of New Trumpet Music world premiere of Henry Brant’s “Flight Over a Global Map” - Roulette (NYC)
2012: Release of debut album as a leader First Vision (Blue Truffle Music LLC)
2011: Trumpeter at the Blue Note Jazz Festival w/ J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band – The Highline Ballroom (NYC)
2010: Trumpeter at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) awards - Putra World Tower (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

LIVE ALBUMS
A Love Supreme (A performance of John Coltrane’s iconic suite)
Looking Forward: The Music of Miguel Zenon (A performance of 5 select pieces from Miguel Zenon’s 1st record) Contrumplation (A duo project with trumpeter Adam O’Farrill)
Pop Album (5 original songs in the pop idiom)

RECORDINGS AS A SIDEMAN
New Day Bends Light -Erica Seguine/Shan Baker Jazz Orchestra (2020), Looking Out -Alex Heffron (2020), It is What it Is -Gary Fogel LagTet (2019), Business Actual -Noah Barker (2017), Spanish Island-Eric Block (2016), Rebel Spirits -Eco-Music Big Band (2016), Instant Oats -The Oatmeal Jazz Combo (2016), Colors of Resistance -Eco-Music Big Band (2016), Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen) -Afro Peruvian New Trends Orquestra (2016), Gelmissin -Ece Moisson (2015), With Friends from Here and There -Wynn Walent (2014), Steel Cut Oats -Oatmeal Jazz Combo (2013), The Gears Below -Math of Trees (2012), Stations -Western Sky Music (2012), New York Time - Do La Mizik (2012), Se Nou'k Kon'n Fe'l -System Band (2012), Shake Daddy Jupiter -Mr. Breakdown (2011), 7th Step -Shedly Abraham (2011), The First Step -The New York Korean Jazz Orchestra (2012), Helix- Helix Kweentet, Avishai Darash (composer credit) (2010), Jwet La Bel Nan Min'w -Rafrechi (2010), Charlie Phillips -Charlie Philips (2009), Everybody's Business -Captain Coconut (2009), The Roads They've Taken: Winners of the ITG Conference Student Jazz Improvisation Competition, 1979-2008 -International Trumpet Guild (2008), Surviving the City -Doug Ratner (2006)

NOTABLE PERFORMANCE VENUES AS SIDEMAN
The Barclays Center (NYC), St. Peter’s Church (NYC), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Carnegie Hall (NYC), National Arts Club (NYC), Symphony Space (NYC), NYU Skirball Theater (NYC), Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), The Stone (NYC), The Cutting Room (NYC), Alice Tully Hall (NYC), The Jazz Gallery (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), Rose Hall (NYC), Putra Indoor Stadium (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), The Blue Note (NYC), The Jazz Standard (NYC), Rockefeller Center (NYC), Birdland (NYC), Jazz at the Kitano (NYC), Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (NYC), Fat Cat (NYC), Zinc Bar (NYC), The Hotel New Yorker (NYC), the Apollo Theater (NYC), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Smoke Jazz Club (NYC), Chris' Jazz Club (MA), Iridium (NYC), The Painted Bride (MA), Bicentennial Park (Miami, FL), St. Peter’s Church (NYC),The Performing Arts Center (Purchase, NY), The Douglas St. Music Collective (NYC), Spirits (Miami, FL), Sullivan Hall (NYC), the Apollo Theater (NYC), Firehouse Space (NYC), Chris' Jazz Club (MA)

JAZZ FESTIVALS
Caribbean International Jazz Festival (Haiti), The Blue Note Jazz Festival (NY), Cadence Jazz Festival (NY), Peekskill Jazz Festival (NY), Rochester Jazz Festival (NY), Albany Jazz Festival (NY), Anugerah Industri Muzik Awards (Malaysia), Kompa Music Festival (FL/Paris), Festival of New Trumpet Music (NY)

OFF-BROADWAY SHOWS
Damn Yankees (National Tour w/ Way-Off Broadway Productions), Les Misérables (NYC), Drowsy Chaperone (NYC), Guys and Dolls (NYC), Sweet Charity (NYC), A Chorus Line (NYC), The Wild Party (NYC), Anything Goes (NYC)

AWARDS
2020: Selected Participant in BMI Jazz Composers Workshop
International Songwriting Competition, Honorable Mention/Finalist & Semi-Finalist, 2017, New World, Uprising, Journey to a New World (selected works)
Full Scholarship/Paid Assistantship & Instructorship for Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2016-19, approx. $33,000 in scholarship + $47,000 in salary
ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, Recipient, 2016, Uprising (selected work) International Songwriting Competition, Semi-Finalist, 2016, Uprising (selected work)
Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Finalist, 2009
International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Finalist, 2007, $1000

GRANTS/COMMISSIONS
International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers, 2020, $500
University of Colorado Boulder, Music Advisory Board, 2020, $600
Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, 2020, $1000
The Actors Fund/Local 802 Musicians Union, 2020, $500
The Jazz Foundation of America, 2020, $200
The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, 2020, $200
The Recording Academy/MusiCares, 2020, $1000

RESIDENCIES
Banff Early Fall Musicians in Residence program, 2019, 2 weeks
Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, 2015, 3 weeks School for Improvisational Music Summer Intensive Program, 2011, 2 weeks

DEGREES
University of Colorado, Boulder, Doctor of Music Arts degree in Jazz Studies/Trumpet Performance, 2016-2019
SUNY Purchase, Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies/Trumpet Performance, 2010-2011
SUNY Purchase, Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies/Trumpet Performance, 2005-2009

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION
Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music - The Banff Center, Alberta CA, 2015
School for Improvisational Music Selective Summer Intensive Program, New York, NY, 2011 Master of Music Degree - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2010
Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Camp, Burlington, VT, 2007
Queens College Summer Jazz Program – Queens College, New York, NY, 2006

TEACHERS
Brad Goode, Jon Faddis, Laurie Frink, Ray Vega, Peter Evans, Scott Wendholt, Jim Rotondi, Jeremy Pelt, Tony Kadleck, Mike Rodriguez, Joe Magnarelli, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Walter White, Bill Dunn, John Lambert, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Pete Malinverni, Charles Blenzig, Jimmy Greene, Todd Coolman, Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Hal Galper

TEACHING & SCHOLASTIC EMPLOYMENT
2019-present: Music Teacher – Jazz Empowers, New York, NY
2017-present: Music Teacher - New York Jazz Academy, New York, NY
2016-2019: Graduate Part-Time Instructor/Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder
2016-present: Music Teacher - New York Ensemble Classes
2013-present: Music Teacher - Afro-Latin Jazz Academy of Music, New York, NY
2010-present: Music Teacher - Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, New York, NY
2017: Piano, Singing and Drama Teacher-Jubilee Summer Enrichment Program, New York NY
2015: Piano, Trumpet, General Music Teacher - Lyceum Kennedy International School, New York, NY 2010-2011: Departmental Assistant - SUNY Purchase, New York, NY
2009-2010: Departmental Assistant - Mason-Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey

SELECTED PRESS QUOTES
"Saraga is obviously very aware of the direction of jazz in his hometown of New York..." -Jazzwise UK
"There are no weak links in this band" -Sea of Tranquility
"The music pulls from its astonishing maturity and its capacity to suggest a singular experience but open and appropriate enough for the listener." -Jazz Magazine (France)
"familiar but also fresh; grounded but also hopeful." -Debbie Burke, Jazz Author
"assertive", "sharp line-up", "inventive" -Jazzwise UK
"Embodying a deft compositional approach and some first-rate musicianship, Saraga's Journey is just that: an opportunity to discover and explore some exciting musical territory, with a skilled and adventurous leader as a guide." -All About Jazz
“A very focused and well-conceived album by Jonathan and his crew. His compositions display great personality and poise, with everyone in the band finding ways to channel the current sounds of modern jazz, using their various influences as a platform to delve into their own musical personalities.” -Miguel Zenon
“...a skillfully conceived and exquisitely realized debut that brings to mind the edgy, envelope- pushing hard bop of many a Blue Note record in the early 1960s." –All About Jazz
"...a rare blend of individuality and maturity." –All About Jazz
"The music, all Saraga-penned, has an uncommon freshness coming from a 24-year-old artist who is well on his way to forming his own compositional voice." –All About Jazz
"First Vision isn't the stuff of amateurs on the brink of musical maturity, it's a stand-up-and- take-notice offering." –All About Jazz
"First Vision shouldn't be measured as a debut; it deserves to be judged only on its bountiful merits, which include stellar trumpet work, intriguing tunes and strong group chemistry." –All About Jazz
"At times, Saraga's music can exhibit a wandering, nomadic, Klezmer-influenced sound that further cements the (Dave) Douglas connection via that trumpeter's work with John Zorn's flagship Masada." –All About Jazz "An excellent debut recording as a leader for Jonathan Saraga. Highly creative playing and writing throughout the CD, all done within a strong and fresh ensemble concept." -Jon Gordon
"Jonathan has always impressed me and this recording helps lay a foundation for what I know will be a great career. Check it out!" -Scott Wendholt
"Jon's new recording is a splendid collection of originals which features some fine young musicians." -Charles Blenzig
“Jonathan is a real improvisor and has the technique to express his ideas fluently and with heart." -Scott Lee
“Saraga is a trumpeter with a singular vision that is motherloaded by a creative force but isn't a slave to it.” –Midwest Record
"His chops, lust for musical life and don't-box-me-into-a-stylistic-corner mentality make him seem like the musical offspring of trumpeters Dave Douglas and Ambrose Akinmusire." -Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
“I have long been an admirer of Jonathan's musicianship, both as an excellent instrumentalist and a thoughtful, creative jazz improviser. Jonathan embodies what I feel is the best approach to modern jazz music: a thorough grounding in the rich tradition of the music coupled with a restless, searching spirit that seeks to express the music of now.” -Jimmy Greene
“With a fresh approach to trumpet playing and improvisation, the emerging original voice of Jonathan Saraga is one that is indeed worthy of our attention." -Todd Coolman
"Jonathan is a top-notch player. I have no doubt that he will be among the best players of his generation. He possesses the necessary ability both as a trumpeter and a musician to lead the way forward in the jazz community. When I listen to new young player, I look for a someone who has a progressive style that is anchored in the tradition of the music. Jonathan already fits that model." -Scott Wendholt "Jonathan Saraga has everything he needs to be a vital part of a new wave of trumpet players: Soul, intelligence, great technique and acute musical awareness. It's all here, in the unique writing and the inventive playing. Dig it!" -Jim Rotondi
"Jonathan Saraga has been, from the first time I heard him play in 2005, a force. I never heard him take a solo, write a piece of music or, for that matter, have a conversation that wasn't pointed, serious and coming from a place of curiosity, interest and resolve. As a result, he has blossomed into an artist of real depth and the even better news is his relative youth -- who knows what he has yet to realize!” -Pete Malinverni
“Every note, phrase, dynamic, articulation and small nuance comes from his inner being and is effortlessly presented to his listeners with in a purely creative performance.” -Bruce Chidester, The Trumpet Blog

RESEARCH/WRITTEN WORKS
-A Brief Reflection on Process and Study of Content in Extended Solo Transcription—a broad study on John Coltrane’s nearly 27-minute extended solo on “One Down One Up” from the album One Down One Up live at the Half Note. (Transcription 48 pages, Paper 14 pages, Powerpoint)
-Kurt Rosenwinkel’s “Cubism” & It’s Post-Bop Ascetic—an analytic study on an original composition by the guitarist, and the presence of compositional devices and improvisational vehicles which often appear in post-bop compositions of the 1960’s. (17 pages, 9 sources, Powerpoint)
-A Selective Analysis of Prelude no. 3 from Book 1 of J.S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier and Miguel Zenon’s “JSB”— explores the theory and rhetoric behind select sonic occurrences within Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude No. 3 in C# Major from his Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, and how MacArthur Fellow and saxophonist, Miguel Zenon adapted and re-imagined it for modern-day jazz quartet instrumentation. (10 pages, 4 sources, Powerpoint)
-Detailed analysis of Clifford Brown’s extended 12-minute solo on “Hot House” from the album Live at the Beehive, with emphasis on Thematic Development and the Variety of Techniques Used to Achieve It, Rhythmic Tendencies and Contrasts, Phrasing Structure and Pacing, Melodic Construction and Intervallic Shapes, Harmonic Approach, and Trumpet-Specific Instrumental Devices (9 Pages)
-Over 20 transcribed full jazz solos by artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Donald Byrd, Booker Little, Wayne Shorter, Chet Baker, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Wallace Roney, Eric Alexander, Wynton Marsalis, Jim Snidero, and John Coltrane
-3 semesters of the teaching of a 100-person (average) History of Jazz lecture class at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (40 50-minute lectures/Powerpoints,12 exams)
-All Paths Lead To God: A Brief Account Of Spiritual And Religious Faith In The Lives Of Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins & John Coltrane (Doctoral Thesis: 51 pages, 77 sources). Has received readership from 25 countries and 35 downloads including for educational use by Colombia University and Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, and for commercial use by New England Conservatory of Music and Om Telecom.
-Closed-book biographical essay on the following iconic trumpet players: Louie Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Cat Anderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, Fats Navarro, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, Bill Chase, Freddy Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, James Morrison, and Roy Hargrove (23 pages) -Report on pre-1750 Western Music History including detailed timeline, the different “periods” or “ages” and their musical attributes, composers, and developments in art, society, and/or religion. (20 pages)
-The Divide Continuing the Conversation—examines the existence of Jazz and its relationship with black-American music, from the perspective of current-day black artists. (18 pages, 22 sources, Powerpoint).
-A Short Religious Study of John Coltrane's Meditations: “The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost”—explores the first movement of John Coltrane's Meditations suite for the sole purpose of revealing the ways in which the musical content directly relates to specific religious and otherwise spiritual ideas that are seemingly represented by the music. (17 pages, 21 sources)
-Bridging the Gap Between Literature and Music: How John Adams Succeeded in Sonically Interpreting and Realizing a Poem of Profound Nature—explores a composition by Pulitzer Prize and 3-time Grammy Award recipient, composer and conductor, John Adams: “Negative Love” from his 1981 work, Harmonium, and how it reflects a poem by 17th century poet, John Donne. (13 pages, 20 sources) -Closed-book essay on the field of ethnomusicology, including discussion of broad topics of interest among current scholars in the field and why they are of interest, and brief summaries of published contributions who did their work between 1960 and 2010. (6 pages)
-Creation of an outline for a two-year (four semester) jazz improvisation course for college jazz majors to be implemented during the freshman and sophomore years. Included is a general week-by-week (15 weeks each semester) schedule of topics to be covered and include specifics such as playing/written tests, transcription projects, listening assignments, specific tunes studied and any other relevant information (including any textbooks and supplemental materials). (10 pages)
-3 semesters of the teaching of a 100-person (average) History of Jazz lecture class at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (40 50-minute lectures/Powerpoints,12 exams). Included extensive study and comprehension of the history of jazz and American music.
-Intense observation, reflection and application of teaching methods and pedagogical approaches by world-class educators such as: Brad Goode, Jon Faddis, Laurie Frink, Peter Evans, Jim Rotondi, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Pete Malinverni, Charles Blenzig, Jimmy Greene, Todd Coolman, Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Hal Galper, and Jeff Coffin
-As part of my Doctor of Musical Arts degree work, I read Dr. Ed Sarath’s 400-page book, Improvisation, Creativity and Consciousness: Jazz as an Integral Template for Music, Education, and Society, and wrote an 11-page, 8 source paper on it. As a related side note, I was recently invited to present at the 2020 International Society for Improvised Music conference, being held at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne, Australia. Little did I know that Dr. Sarath was the president of that organization.
-My research into psychological conditionings of the human mind have informed several of my educational writings—works such as Teaching Philosophy, Teaching a College Freshman, Teaching Special Needs Students, Developing and Implementing a Teaching Philosophy, and The Art of Humility, and its Role in the Life of an Artist (Total pages 27, 11 Sources)
-Spirituality: A Jazz Musicians Guide—The topic of my thesis paper (mentioned earlier) was actually taken from this larger work that is still in progress. It synthesizes a multitude of spiritual philosophies, texts, disciplines and practices, as they appear within the personal lives of jazz musicians who have incorporated them, for the purpose of providing the modern-day jazz artist with a hands-on resource toward his or her own spiritual studies and development. There will be jazz-master profiles, including names such as Yusef Lateef, Buster Williams, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Paul Horn, Sonny Rollins, Lonnie Smith, Alice Coltrane, and John Coltrane. Making up the core of the text, will be interviews and accounts of well-known and respected modern-day jazz artists such as Mark Turner, Graham Haynes, Ingrid Jensen, Andrea Brachfeld, Aaron Shragge, Scott Lee, Hugh Reagan and over a dozen more. More than an ethnomusicological study of spirituality/religionwithinjazzhistory,thebookwillinclude1st personaccountsandtranscribedinterviewswithcurrentdayjazzartists. (Currently 67 pages)

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Jesse
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The most important thing about learning a new instrument is that if you don't enjoy it, you won't be driven to play it. I...

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