Mentoring the Millennials talks with today's top jazz musicians to gain their insights into the music education of the next generation-- what are we doing right and what should we be doing better to help keep this music growing. Each of the musicians is currently active on the scene while also holding a professorship at one of the top music programs in the U.S.
"This is folk music. It is good that we have it in the schools, but we need to get it back more into the street--that's where it came from." When saxophonist Gary Bartz is not headlining his own band or touring with McCoy Tyner, he is a professor in the Jazz Studies department of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His students are among the most talented and best prepared musicians of their generation. However, Bartz is convinced their training has been backwards."My students come in and they can't listen because their first (music) education was reading," ...read more
"I think jazz education, frankly, is in crisis."Saxophonist Steve Wilson voiced this strong opinion in response to a recent article about the effects that budget cuts have had on many American school music programs. Sitting in a practice room at Juilliard, he shared his concerns about the current state of music education and how he has watched things change over the last 20 years.An accomplished musician, Wilson is also an educator who has served on the faculties of some of the country's finest music schools, including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Purchase. His students' ...read more