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Moravian College to Host Teacher Training Institute for Jazz

Bethlehem, Pa., June 5, 2007—Moravian College will host the International Association for Jazz Education’s Teacher Training Institute from June 21 to June 23 on its Pricilla Payne Hurd Campus in downtown Bethlehem, Pa. The two-and-half day intensive program will provide learning opportunities for band, string, vocal, general music, and private piano teachers who want to increase their understanding of jazz. The training sessions are also open to college students enrolled in a music education program

Participants may choose from 35 workshop topics in a variety of tracks including general jazz, instrument and band, Latin percussions, vocal, piano, general music, and technology.  A sample of piano session tracks include: chord vocabulary, the jazz band pianist, improvisation for the studio teacher, and Jazz Study Guide: Application and beyond.  The Latin percussion track includes: Latin hand drumming 101, teaching, utilizing and maintaining Latin percussion, and the Cuban Son & the Brazilian Samba.

Faculty members for the program are: Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of music at Moravian College who teaches saxophone and is director of Jazz Studies; pianist Skip Wilkins artist/lecturer of jazz piano at Moravian College, and music theory at Lafayette College; Jeff Rupert, a freelance tenor saxophonist with numerous recordings as a featured soloist; Thomas Rudolph,  the director of music for Haverford School District, in Havertown, Pa. and an adjunct assistant professor at The University of the Arts; Connaitre Miller, associate professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she directs two jazz choirs, teaches vocal jazz improvisation, vocal jazz arranging, and gives individual voice lessons; Greg Carroll, director of Education for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), a position with responsibility for directing IAJE education and outreach programs worldwide; and René Boyer is professor of music education at the University of Cincinnati’s College, Conservatory of Music and is widely known for her work in multicultural music, teacher education, and international presentations.

For the compete schedule of the workshops, registration, and other information, please visit the International Association for Jazz Education website at http://www.iaje.org

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.