Selected Clinics

One of my favorite presentations at JEN! Comprehensive, coherent, engaging, entertaining, informative, and organized.

– Ayn Inserto, Associate Professor of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music

Game Symphony Workshop

How to Practice Creativity

We know how to build technique, learn repertoire, and transcribe solos, but how do we practice the creative part? It turns out creativity isn’t a magical gift; it’s a practice. This hands-on workshop helps musicians unlock their innate creativity through group and solo improvisation. We dive into seven creative practices from my forthcoming book, Creativity Triggers for Musicians.

  • D’Addario Woodwinds, NYC, 2016
  • Central Washington University, 2016
  • Seattle Pacific University, 2016
  • California Jazz Conservatory, scheduled for 2017


Game Symphony Workshop

The Game Symphony Workshop is a creative music experience that gives musicians the tools, confidence, and community to create original music.

This multi-day workshop:

  • Eases fears with creative games and activities
  • Helps musicians break through musical and psychological barriers
  • Builds camaraderie and trust
  • Culminates in a dynamic performance of original music

Musicians experience musical adaptations of theater games, Soundpainting, text setting, creative chamber music, film scoring and much more.

Dates for the Summer 2017 Adult Workshop at Seattle Pacific University coming soon!


Jazz Improvisation in the Classroom

Empower fearless improvisers in your jazz ensemble. Help your students build a foundation rooted in rhythm, ear training, and thematic development. This engaging approach has built a foundation for nationally recognized soloists and thriving jazz combo programs.

  • Jazz Education Network (JEN) National Conference. San Diego, 2015
  • Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Conference, 2014


Finding Flow in Practice

Have you ever been so absorbed in an activity that hours passed like minutes? Maybe you were playing a game, learning a skill, playing music, or deep in conversation. This joyous experience of deep concentration is known as a “flow state” or being “in the zone.”

Flow is an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.

Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience reveal secrets about how to trigger flow states, which help us achieve a more effective and fulfilling practice.

See my article, Forget 10,000 Hours of Delayed Gratification—Practice Flow.


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