Brian Groder and his ensemble associates have extensive experience and teaching credentials (available on request) in creating individual and
group workshops. In designing educational outreach programs for all types of schools and organizations, and realizing commissioned compositions (Meet The Composers), all goals are met
within an utmost environment of creativity and inspiration. Here are some examples:
IMPROVISATION FOR THE NON-IMPROVISER
Interesting and artful improvisations are both an art and a craft.
Here we explore and rehearse the strategies necessary to build
individual and group improvisations. Students learn to create
musical dialogues between multiple musicians/performers,
shaping, layering and editing spontaneously.
HAND N HAND: IMPROVISATION & COMPOSITION
Exploring the interdependence of these two components of contemporary jazz. A focus on quintessential composers who developed complementary
improvisational and compositional techniques (John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Joanne Brackeen), along with signature ensembles and how they combine
composition and group improvisation (Weather Report, Charles Mingus Band, Return To Forever, Brecker Brothers). An emphasis on techniques to develop improvisation and
composition and how they reinforce each other.
DEVELOPING THE INDIVIDUAL VOICE
By examining deviations from normal motif and progressional patterns, we will take the student through a course of experimentation to discover their unique voice. Developing
melodic, harmonic and rhythmic components into a focused yet personal style by emphasizing improvisational strengths. Jazz Masters with notable individualistic improvisational
skills and their identifiable elements will be studied to learn precisely what "voice" means.
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES
A clinic for both single and ensemble performance. Working with the students existing skill level to examine proper articulation, phrasing,
embellishment, notation, motif development, soloing and overall compositional structures. An emphasis on critical examination of the essential elements of any composition.
Specific rehearsal techniques will be explored, with an aim to develop the instincts for an inspired and expressive musical presentation.