What Is Jazz Education?

Sometimes it’s a lot easier to see education in action rather than get caught up in the feedback loop of “that’s all very well in practice, but how does it work in theory?”.  The videos on this page are from a jazz education masterclass given by Dr. J.B. Days at Loyola University in New Orleans.

Dr. Dyas  has been a leader in jazz education for the past two decades. Currently Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Dyas oversees the Institute’s education and outreach programs including Jazz in America (www.jazzinamerica.org), one of the most significant and wide-reaching jazz education programs in the world.

The total running time of this video material is around 90 minutes, so it has been divided into ten different sections in the interests of digestibility.

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Elements of Jazz – Syncopation

Chapter 3 – Elements of Jazz – Jazz Sounds

Chapter 4 – Elements of Jazz – Improvisation

Chapter 5 – Elements of Jazz – Rhythm

Chapter 6 – Elements of Jazz – Form

Chapter 7 – Learning Tunes – Form

Chapter 8 – Learning Tunes – Chords and Scales

Chapter 9 – Learning Tunes – The Head

Chapter 10 – Learning Tunes – Improvising

Chapter 11 – Wrap-up – Meet the Band