The Young Jazz Band: An Approach to Articulation & Repertoire

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The Young Jazz Band:
An Approach to
Articulation & Repertoire

June 7August 1, 2021

This course will explore techniques and articulations that promote ensemble playing while acknowledging articulation associated with various jazz styles. These fundamental techniques will also assist with reading notation and interpretation. Educators who enroll in this course will learn effective techniques to choose appropriate arrangements for their ensemble. 

This course is ideal for educators who:

  • Would like to start a jazz program with students who have little band experience.
  • Are looking for ways to move their young jazz band forward.
  • Have trouble finding repertoire for their young ensemble.
  • Have an intermediate band, but reach barriers when playing jazz arrangements.

Instructor: Roosevelt Griffin III, Ed.D.

Roosevelt,_GriffinDr. Roosevelt Griffin III is an award-winning educator with international acclaim for excellence in music education. He is the founder and CEO of the Griffin Institute of Performing Arts NFP. He is also the director of bands for Harvey School District 152, youth ensemble director for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and has recently joined the VanderCook College of Music’s One City program as Master Mentor.
Before becoming a full-time teacher, Dr. Griffin worked with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Ross and Jimmy Heath. He is often invited to present at conferences and workshops for music education, including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Jazz Educators Network, the Missouri Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College and Prairie State College. His approach to teaching has been highlighted in the ASCD training video by Eric Jenson, Teaching with Poverty in Mind. Dr. Griffin and his students have also been featured in Downbeat and JazzEd magazines for obtaining an endorsement with Jody Jazz Mouthpieces. He recently co-authored the latest addition to GIA Publication’s TMTP series, Teaching Music Through Performance: Beginning Jazz Ensembles and the 2020 Meredith Music publication, Rehearsing the Jazz Band.
Dr. Griffin’s inspirational work has earned him the following prestigious awards: 2020 Quinlan and Fabish Outstanding Chicagoland Educator, 2019 Illinois State Board of Education’s “Those Who Excel,” 2019 Chicago Defender’s “Men of Excellence,” Illinois Education Association’s 2018 “Reg Weaver Award for Human and Civil Rights,” semi-finalist for the 2017 Grammy Award for a Music Educator, Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 2015 “Jazz Educator of the Year,” Northern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2015 “ Most Outstanding Alumni,” 2015 Jefferson Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2014, his hometown, Harvey, IL, honored him by renaming his childhood street “Roosevelt Griffin III Avenue.”

Course Details

The Young Jazz Band:
An Approach to Articulation
& Repertoire

Course Code 7791

Dr. Roosevelt Griffin

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST,
June 8, 15, 22 & 29


Required Materials
Instrument of choice

Software/Hardware Requirements
Notation software (suggested, but not mandatory).

Ability to send mp3 or mp4 audio files via internet.

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