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Course fee: $295
This course is a guided tour through the world of jazz. You'll learn how to listen and enjoy this incredible art form by listening to important artists from the past (Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn) and present (Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny) and discover what makes them innovative and unique.
We will start with music that we're familiar with to develop the skill of focused listening: how to listen in different ways to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the music. Then we'll expand our musical palette by exploring the world of jazz through various mediums including recordings, photography, film, and the written word.
Through lecture, discussion and performance, you'll come away with strategies to enjoy jazz in a deeper and more meaningful way.
About the Instructor:
Mark Micklethwaite is an accomplished musician, educator, historian, and administrator.
His work experience in the music field includes positions at the Banff Centre, Greenleaf Music, JAZZ.FM91, and Manhattan School of Music. He has facilitated events at various venues including Glenn Gould Studio, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Blue Note Tokyo, working with such artists as Dave Douglas, Roy Haynes, Vijay Iyer, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, and Oscar Peterson.
As an educator, Mark has developed innovative community and educational programming for students of all ages and facilitated relationships with schools and community groups to present many engaging programs. He has taught classes, workshops, and ensembles in various settings including the Halton, Peel, Durham, and Toronto school boards, Queens College, University of Toronto, and York University. Beginning in 2013, Mark developed the jazz appreciation curriculum at JAZZ.FM91 and taught 6-week interactive courses to over 300 students.
A successful freelance drummer for over twenty years, Mark has performed at clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. He has performed with musicians such as Guido Basso, Phil Dwyer, Joel Frahm, Dave Frishberg, Molly Johnson, Christian McBride, Donny McCaslin, Mike Murley, Ted Quinlan, Kevin Turcotte, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and Kenny Wheeler. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music at York University and his Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.
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