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IAJE Jazz Institutes. (Items of Interest).

The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) has joined forces with MENC: The National Association for Music Education, to present two intensive two-day Teacher Training Institutes (TTI). Funded in part by contributions from the BET Jazz Education Grant, the Institutes will be held June 20-22, 2002, at The American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri; and August 1-3, 2002, at The Las Vegas Academy, Clark County Schools, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to IAJE President Ron McCurdy, "The value placed on jazz education is at an all time high, thanks in part to the emphasis on improvisation in the National Standards for Music Education. The Institute program will provide a unique opportunity for teachers to work directly with an all-star faculty and develop skills and techniques they need to be effective jazz educators."

With a curriculum designed for general music, vocal, private piano and instrumental teachers at all levels, the Institute faculty has been carefully selected to reflect a mix of grassroots educators, authors, collegiate pedagogues and performing jazz artists. Session topics will include teaching improvisation; coaching the jazz rhythm section; rehearsal techniques; building a jazz music library; starting; integrating and maintaining a jazz program; a jazz history overview; and more. MTNA member Tony Caramia will be a TTI presenter in Las Vegas.

Cost for those who are not IAJE members is $199, which includes a one-year active IAJE membership. Cost for IAJE members is $145. The fee includes all instruction, a comprehensive notebook and supplemental resource materials, continuing education unit documentation reflecting sixteen contact hours, optional graduate college credit and certificates of completion.

To receive a brochure, contact IAJE at (785) 776-8744, fax (785) 776-6190 or e-mail With more than 8,000 members in forty countries, IAJE is the leading authority and primary voice for the promotion of jazz through education and outreach. For more information on IAJE membership and programs, contact the numbers above or visit

Additionally, for those who are interested in jazz, but cannot attend a TTI session, MTNA member Ann Collins is presenting sessions at several sites throughout the United States during the coming months. For more information contact Collins at
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Publication:American Music Teacher
Date:Jun 1, 2002
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