Posted on April 8th 2019

Presentation for Berklee Professors (Video)

Last month, I had the privilege of presenting for the Harmony and Jazz Composition Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Big thanks to my friend and jazz comp professor Ayn Inserto for inviting me.

Ayn asked me to be entertaining and present outside-the-box approaches to teaching harmony. The "right notes with bad time" demo and card game from my daughter's piano lessons were hits—lots of laughs. We also discussed the ingredients of engaging and effective learning environments.

It's this kind of outside-the-box teaching we really need to apply our presentations. . .just standing up and regurgitating information is not going to work.
- George Russell Jr., Harmony Dept. Chair, Berklee College of Music

  • 0:00 Intro from Ayn Inserto, Professor of Jazz Composition
  • 1:44 Saxophone demo: "Right" notes with bad rhythm vs. "wrong" notes with solid rhythm
  • 4:45 Ingredients of an ideal learning environment
  • 10:32 Focus Triggers
  • 15:00 Professors play a harmony card game
  • 25:47 Q&A

Educators Class in Seattle June 1

Educators, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1st. I'm teaching a continuing education class for clock hours at Seattle Pacific University from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Game Symphony: Creative Pedagogy for Music Educators is all about teaching composition and improvisation in the classroom featuring a few special guests. Registration opens soon—join my email list for updates.

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