Using 'Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble'


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Using Essential Elements
for Jazz Ensemble

June 29–July 3, 2020

Mike Steinel’s Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble has helped educators around the world introduce students to the wonderful world of jazz. It is a comprehensive method that can be used with beginners as well as more advanced students and includes Book 1, Book 2, Essential Standards, Essential Blues Standards, and 24 correlated arrangements with tutorials. Spend the week with the author Mike Steinel and learn how to get the most out of these exciting materials. Sponsored by Hal Leonard.

Instructor: Mike Steinel

Mike Steinel is a jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. He is currently 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, Steinel 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 U.S., Canada and 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.
Steinel has performed as soloist at the MENC and IAJE national conventions and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He has performed with legends such as Clark Terry, Don Ellis, Bill Evans and Jerry Bergonzi, and appears on 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.
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 and Arkansas. He has also presented at provincial music conventions in Vancouver, Manitoba and Ontario. In his 34 years as a jazz educator, Steinel has performed or presented clinics in 41 states.

Course Details

Using Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble

Course Code 6070

June 29–July 3, 2020

Mike Steinel

3 Graduate Credits

$1,050, due in full with registration

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April 17 and save $100!

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