There’s a lot of hot air and conflicting opinion amongst jazz musicians and within the music colleges regarding playing and improvising in odd metres. At last there are some wise and measured thoughts in Ronan Guilfoyle’s excellent blog. Check out his recent post “Whatever Happened to Odd Metre Swing?“
New rules on second degrees make it too expensive for most people to have a career change – see Anne Wollenberg’s article in the Guardian (Tuesday 3 November 2009). The implications here are serious for music students). So much for lifelong learning!
Why research? In brief… The Jazz Education community possesses abundant subject matter, play-alongs and an unstoppable harvest of reissues and new music available through the internet. However, while educators are better resourced, informed discourse about teaching and learning is comparatively undeveloped. Click here for more… Jazz Education Research.
A contribution to the debate convened by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London (October 2007). Some philosophy, facts and figures… click here… WCoM Jazz Debate
As requested after summer schools… Many folk approach me about practicing and I seem to spend most of my time at college assisting students in establishing a regime that is both consistent and adaptable to their individual needs. Please see the Practice Pages.