Workshops by Michael Treni

July 16, 2014 | Comments Off on Workshops by Michael Treni

Michael Treni Directing the University of Miami Jazz Band 2, circa 1973

Michael Treni directing the University of Miami Jazz Band 2, circa 1973

Elder-Jazz Workshop

Elder-Jazz Workshop is a hands-on instructional workshop designed for adults who played musical instruments in their youth or have continued to play them as an avocation while pursuing other careers. The program offers instruction on how to play in a big band ensemble, playing and performing jazz/swing music of the 1940s, 50s, 60, & beyond. The workshop is designed for anyone reasonably proficient on saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, and drums (set). Offered as a week-long, three hour daily workshop (morning or afternoon), or as a once a week, evening session over four to six consecutive weeks.

Elder-Jazz Workshop covers the following areas of instruction:
• How to improve your sight reading skills
• How to play swing music properly
• Developing good ensemble skills
• Proper articulation as it applies to various jazz styles
• Responsibilities of the sectional leader (trumpet, trombone, saxophone)
• Rhythm section playing: comping for piano/guitar, bass lines, big band drumming
• Jazz improvisation – how to play a good solo with a minimum amount of theory
• All music written and adapted for the level of the group by the director

To download a copy of the Elder-Jazz brochure click here