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The following is a series of thoughts sent along to John that led to the article.
A PRE-DISCUSSION WITH JOHN KUZMICH JR.
Good to talk with you today.
“Directors Inside the Box – Students OUTside the Box” Great Lead Line!
Here is my Philosophy and purpose.
published with several name companies for years and felt that there was
something missing – namely the connection between the composer and the
musician. But to write music for jazz that elevates the expressive of
artistic value of the music –OR – requires interpretation over an above
some very basic standard styles – I would need to be there with the
students to interpret the music from my perspective –both In terms of
performance practice and in terms of MEANING.
For a guy like me
- who does not have NEARLY the budget that the publishers have the
Internet was the perfect way to stand beside the directors and students
as they took the risk to play something new – to explore new territory.
For that reason I believe in offering - “A robust arsenal of multimedia
support” – for my music.
In the 5 years that I have worked
“solo” as a publisher my experience has been that students are better
able and more apt to access and manipulate the “cyber world” than many
directors – and if that is not the case – then the technology in the
SCHOOLS quite often is light years behind the real world.
primary reasons for this technological “firewall” that I have
encountered so far are: 1. The teachers do not have enough time in
schools, 2. The technology in the SCHOOLS is quite often is light years
behind the real world, and 3. The teacher is untrained in the use of
But I hold true to the notion that the use of the
iPod as a constant musical / Video Source, and the immediacy and sheer
VOLUME of the internet are critical elements of our student’s
environment and should be used to bring them closer to good examples of
technique and style.
Therefore using that technology:
• to support the acquisition of appropriate skills,
• to improve the rate and degree of the transfer of knowledge,
• to allow students to move at a self-paced rate
• to congregate a community of specialized learners
to experiment with ideas faster and “safer” than “the old way of doing
things” is the appropriate use of technology in education.
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Excerpt from the article
Making The Student Connection With Performance Through Music Technology
School Band and Orchestra Magazine
EXCERPTED - November 15, 2008
Time. Never seems to be enough. Preparation. Creating.
Instructing. And all students with their individual, special needs.
At first blush, music technology may appear to be the one ingredient
that can squeeze in more instructional time especially outside of
class; but implementing it may be very challenging to those of us who
are already maxed out with more learning curves. Ironically, many of
our students are already using music tech with Blogging, PodCasting,
iTunes, You Tube, MP3 players and iPods while many of us are safely
teaching dated methodologies and techniques governed by the limitations
of our college curriculum which included little if any music
technology. Students are pretty techno savvy and educators need to
plug into that enthusiasm with music technology solutions that enrich
time and learning.
Music Publisher Technology Innovations!
Ever have wish your drum-set players could play different styles of
contemporary music besides rock? While play-along recordings can be
helpful, a video presentation is incredible. Tom Davis at Tom Davis
Publications, www.tomdavismusic.com, is both an unusual music publisher
and an innovative high school band director in Canandaigua, New York.
He offers many pedagogical aids for those using his charts so his music
can be performed [with the context and perspective intended by the
composer]. You can download all purchased parts and scores from the
Internet. Just think... no need to purchase additional scores for
festivals or ordering lost parts. Just print them out. Along with his
charts, he provides educational materials for students and directors,
such as worksheets, practice tracks for all players, rehearsal
suggestions, notes about the music, interviews with soloists, solo
transcriptions with alternative solo takes if available and videos of
soloists improvising on the chart. And perhaps most innovative of all,
discover OverheadDrumCam TM and view the drum-set video performance of
each chart plus interviews with the drummer about performance
techniques along with downloadable and streaming audio rehearsal tips
for every chart. This is invaluable motivation tool for students to
see and hear the performance in real time - and all of this is provided
by the publisher at no extra-charge.
On a philosophical
footnote about Tom Davis’ charts and educational focus, students may be
more comfortable accessing this information than directors. The
publisher’s goal is to promote and foster an independent learning
community outside the classroom through technology by providing a
"robust arsenal of multimedia support" for music that challenges the
imagination and standard practices of "BIG BOX" publishers. And educate
as much as possible. Amen to this publisher’s credo!
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