6104 Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble


Join Mike Steinel, author of Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble, as he takes the mystery out of teaching jazz to middle and high school students. Using a hands-on approach, Steinel will focus on jazz history, the basics of jazz style, teaching improvisation strategies (with a special emphasis on beginners) for teaching the rhythm section (piano, bass, drums and guitar), jazz repertoire for beginning and intermediate classes, and jazz sight-reading. Participants will have opportunities to improve their own instrumental skills while learning new strategies for helping students enjoy America’s national treasure: jazz. This class is partially sponsored by Yamaha Musical Instruments and the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Instructor: Mike Steinel


Mike Steinel is a jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. He is presently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas where he teaches jazz improvisation, jazz trumpet, and jazz pedagogy.
Internationally recognized as a jazz educator, Mike is the author of Building a Jazz Vocabulary and Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble both published by Hal Leonard Music Corporation. He is an active clinician and guest artist and has performed throughout the US, Canada and in Europe. He has served on the faculties of Clark Terry Jazz Camp, the Jamey Aebersold Improvisation Camps, the Saskatchewan Summer Jazz Camp and the University of Missouri Summer Jazz Residency. He is the founder and director of the UNT Jazz Combo Workshop, the UNT Jazz Trumpet Workshop, and the UNT Jazz Winds Workshop.
Mike has performed as soloist at the MENC and IAJE national conventions and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. His playing experience includes work with Clark Terry, Don Ellis, Bill Evans, Jerry Bergonzi and recordings with the Chicago Jazz Quintet and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. Honors received include an Illinois Arts Council Chairman's Grant and a jazz fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Steinel has served as Co-Chair of the Jazz Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and holds a BME degree from Emporia State University and a MME degree from the University of North Texas. Recent clinics (since 2011) include presentations at state music conventions in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and others. He has also presented at provincial music conventions in Vancouver, Manitoba, and Ontario. In his 34 years as a jazz educator Mr. Steinel has performed or presented clinics in 41 states.





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Course Information

6104 Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble

3 graduate credits
Location: De La Salle Institute Theatre

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Tuition: $900 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

June 23-27
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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