Recently, in one of my classes, we were asked to take an empathy quotient survey online. A lot of the questions pertained to social situations and how you react to them, the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and many other human nature type questions. I found this survey to be pretty interesting, [...]
I must admit that the music business has never been something I have taken much interest in. I have a lot of friends in the music business major, and when they talk about what they are learning in their classes, I really don’t find any of it compelling or exciting. Truthfully, I find it completely [...]
I am a research person. When I get interested in something, I like to know as much about it as I can, and this especially goes for jazz.
As a high school student, I was always curious about composing and arranging for jazz ensembles. The process seemed very mysterious and I always figured it was above my head. When I began studying arranging and composition, I learned that it was really much simpler than I had imagined, but nobody had ever demystified it [...]
If you happen to be attending — or think of attending — a music camp this summer, here are some tips to maximize your success and fun! Don’t bring drugs/alcohol. Just don’t do it guys. I have seen so many excellent players get kicked out of camps for doing this, and it is just so [...]
As someone who was a high school student only a few short years ago, I can completely empathize with the way some of you may be feeling right now. You know, that “why am I spending 8 hours a day learning how protons work and what x equals when I could be PLAYING” feeling. It [...]
At this year’s High School Jazz Festival, pianist, musicologist, educator and author Rebeca Mauleón and saxophonist, educator and ensemble director Paul Contos, featuring members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, explored some of the many styles associated with Latin music.