Band Director Academy General Information

Band Director Academy General Information

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 18th Annual Band Director Academy

June 23 – June 26, 2017
Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY

Band Director Academy (BDA) is a multi-day professional development workshop for band directors. BDA will be held Friday, June 23 – Monday, June 26, 2017 at New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) and led by Rodney Whitaker, Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University and Terell Stafford, Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University. Additional faculty will include other prominent jazz educators. We focus on the essentials of teaching jazz, emphasizing hands-on learning and practical techniques.

For more than twenty years, JALC’s “Essentially Ellington” program has been a popular aspect of many school jazz programs. Whether you are a seasoned “EE veteran” or fresh out of school, teaching in a fully fledged program or just starting out, urban, suburban, rural or somewhere in between, playing Ellington’s music will enrich the lives of your students and community. We believe in a practical, literature based, hands on approach that is informed by the aesthetic choices made by our greatest composers, arrangers and practitioners of Americas music; jazz.

This four-day session will focus on improvisation. By utilizing listening, demonstration, discussion and then practical application, attendees will gain an insight into how to transfer these specific techniques to their band room.

Faculty to include:
Terell Stafford, Director of Jazz Studies, Temple University
Rodney Whitaker, Director of Jazz Studies, Michigan State University
Others TBD