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Gary Bartz: "Students are learning but they are learning backwards!"

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"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 ...

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Steve Wilson: "Music education is in crisis"

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"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 ...


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