Title

The Pedagogy of Jazz

Date

5-30-2013 2:00 PM

Location

Smith Hall (SH) 122

Department

Music

Session Chair

Diane Baxter

Session Title

Excellence in Music Scholarship: Graduate Research and Ethnomusicology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Diane Baxter

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Jazz pedagogy is a subject that has been hotly contested since the birth of the genre. There is something ephemeral that has been ascribed to the “jazz feel”, a mythology and mysticism, which leads to the opinion that jazz cannot be taught at all. To overuse an adage, “if you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know”. Though complex, there are finite and determinable elements of the jazz idiom that can be learned and, therefore, taught.

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May 30th, 2:00 PM

The Pedagogy of Jazz

Smith Hall (SH) 122

Jazz pedagogy is a subject that has been hotly contested since the birth of the genre. There is something ephemeral that has been ascribed to the “jazz feel”, a mythology and mysticism, which leads to the opinion that jazz cannot be taught at all. To overuse an adage, “if you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know”. Though complex, there are finite and determinable elements of the jazz idiom that can be learned and, therefore, taught.