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2019 Jazz at Lincoln Center's Band Director Academy


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Jazz at Lincoln Center's
Band Director Academy

June 27-30, 2019

Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Band Director Academy (BDA) is a multi-day professional development workshop for band directors. Led by a team of prominent jazz educators, we focus on the essentials of teaching jazz, emphasizing hands-on learning and practical techniques.

Faculty includes: Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, Rodney Whitaker, Professor of Jazz Saxophone and former member of the Count Basie Band, Brad Leali, and former lead trumpet and soloist of the Count Basie Band, Byron Stripling.

This four-day session will focus on the importance and impact of the most fundamental artist of our time, the great Count Basie! Change your classroom teaching by studying the Basie approach to ensemble, composition, and improvisation, and a survey of the hundreds of available pieces! By utilizing listening, demonstration, discussion and then practical application, attendees will gain an insight into how to transfer these specific techniques to their band room.

Our literature based, hands on approach is informed by the aesthetic choices made by the greatest composers, arrangers and practitioners of Americas music; jazz. So, whether you are fresh out of school, or teaching a fully-fledged program, Band Director Academy is right for you.

Discounts, travel stipends, and scholarships are available!

For more information:

Phone: 212.258.9943


Course Details

1-2 graduate credits
1-Credit Option
Tuition: $500
per credit hour
Less Jazz at Lincoln Center's 50% scholarship - $250
Student Cost: $250, due in full with registration
Course Code: 7339A
2-Credit Option
Tuition: $1,000
per credit hour
Less Jazz at Lincoln Center's 50% scholarship - $500
Student Cost: $500, due in full with registration
* Students must register with Jazz at Lincoln Center in addition to registering with VanderCook for graduate credit.
Click HERE to register for the 2019 Jazz at Lincoln Center's Band Director Academy

* Registration/Notebook Due Date: ​Please submit registrations and notebooks to Patrick Benson, postmarked no later than one month after the last day of the event.
Click HERE to download the 2019 MECA Continuing Education Retrospective Information Sheet.
Click HERE to download the 2019 MECA Continuing Education Retrospective Notebook Rubric.

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