Experience a New Approach to Playing Dynamic, Current Jazz and World Grooves!
NEW: VIRTUAL GROOVE-JAZZ VIDEO OPPORTUNITY for HORNS, WOODWINDS, STRINGS, and RHYTHM INSTRUMENTS.
Advisor Patrice Rushen, multi-Grammy nominated recording artist, music director, and USC Popular Music Program Chair, fuels PlayTheGroove's commitment to changing the culture of music education with relevant and accessible content and methodologies.
Looking for new ideas & music to foster inclusivity and engagement?
Our individual and ensemble methodology encourages sight-reading, playing by ear, and experiencing creative expression starting on day one.
Practical, forward-thinking classroom solutions need to have practical, forward-thinking content.
Content to us is detailed in the video to the right.
It is: New music by real artists + sheet music for ANY instrument and instrumentation (with a rhythm section - "jazz band").
PlayTheGroove is inclusive through unison-based approaches: horns, strings, woodwinds, vocals, brass and an expanded rhythm section (all doubling encouraged). And we do it at numerous skill levels - simultaneously!
Are you embracing inclusivity to encourage more students in your program? Yes or no - we can help augment your efforts.
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What We're Addressing.
Would you agree or disagree with these statements?
If you answered "yes" to at least one of these, keep reading.
Do you have a secondary "jazz" ensemble with a rhythm section? Any number and combination of rhythm, brass and woodwind players are welcome!
"To bring modern content and methodologies to these changing times, and for so many unique non-classical, rhythm-based ensemble situations,"we've developed a new program, an initiative called PlayTheGroove.
I've done 80+ clinics, workshops and studies with this approach both nationally and internationally, graduate research studies at the University of Southern California (USC), and through my Master's in Educational Technology at the California State University Northridge (CSUN) to educationally-ground and demonstrate its effectiveness."
Richard Frank, Founder, Creator and Educator
Our initiative encourages sight-reading, playing by ear, and experiencing creative expression starting on day one.
Is this hitting a chord with you?
Innovation can begin in the classroom. As a music educator, you might not have thought that innovating is important. But it is. Youth do learn differently today. Standards have changed. Youth are attracted to newer genres than old.
Innovating (think of it like changing with the times) is vital to address today's music, modern educational thought, goals, and technical situations to help prepare our aspiring musicians for higher education, future careers, and dynamic lives. We need to prepare our youth for work-life situations.
Implementing new and accessible methodologies and relevant, meaningful music that reflects and affects today's youth is innovation. And it can be easier than you think to start. That's PlayTheGroove.
What is true engagement? We know it when we see it: time flies by, students are collaborating and interacting, ideas are flowing, music is being made, and we get annoyed when the bell rings.
Engagement can be encouraged by implementing small-group activities in a student-led environment, increased ownership, critical/creative thinking exercises, and empowering youth to take responsibility and drive their own experiences.
Kathleen D. Sanz, NAfME President, states: "It only takes one person to believe in you to gain the courage to do what you need to do or what you dream of." Engage. Ask questions. That's one of the secret ingredients.
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How does PlayTheGroove work?
Student-led, inclusivity, everyone plays the melody...
In typical music classroom settings, most students never play the melody of a tune. PlayTheGroove starts there. With our proprietary unison-based sheet music, everyone can play the melody - *star* parts!
Our approach encourages sight-reading, playing by ear, and experiencing creative expression starting on day one.For the “rhythm section” (bass, drums, and keys and/or guitar and/or vibes), multiples of each are also welcome as PTG offers multiple parts to choose from - some melodic, some chordal, and some reinforcing the rhythmic groove.
Sourcing dynamic, original recordings, and creating sheet music, allows youth to rapidly learn and authentically perform what they are hearing and reading. By combining visual and audio resources simultaneously, instead of first presenting one and then the other, allows students to launch into performing without the usual delays.Do you have trouble finding music for your ensemble because you can’t find the right arrangement for your instrumentation? PTG solves that issue while bringing inclusivity, engagement, and creativity to the forefront. The goal is to engage youth in performance ensembles with music and music education methods that are relevant and accessible to them.Advanced groups will also benefit but in different ways. Once everyone learns the melody, harmony, groove, and form of the tune, the depth of each one can be explored in incredible detail. More understanding of theory and harmonic structure can be immediately applied to improvisation. Small ‘chamber’ groups can be created. Harmonizing and arranging of charts can be further explored by staggering instruments and trying different combinations to encourage critical-listening. And advance pedagogies emphasize higher-level musical skills.Teachers can be immensely creative with the flexibility of PlayTheGroove.
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Who is PlayTheGroove for?
Think "jazz" band - post-beginner...
Who, currently with this pilot program, is PlayTheGroove for?
What are the participating ensemble & teacher requirements?
An open mind that's looking for innovative, inclusivity, collaborative, and engaging activities...
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WE'D LIKE YOUR HELP
Are you an innovator?
Would you like to dip your toe in the water, or go a little deeper?
Do you have non-standard instrumentation and need solutions?
Would you like to play hip, cool music that's challenging but also your students will really dig?
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PTG's EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION-
CREATIVE MUSIC MAKING!
Ownership, Critical Thinking, Student-led, Use of Technology, Mastery of Instrument...
Shall we go on? How about:
Collaboration, Inclusivity, Communication, Problem-Based Learning, Peer-Teaching.
And how about:
Fun!, Engaging, Experiential, Thought-Provoking, Intuitive, Interactive
These are some of the modern educational thought processes we encourage and strive for in music education classrooms.
We are starting with rhythm-section based ensembles. We strongly feel it's important to learn to play songs and not just "parts." Several educators and I created these specially-formatted UNISON charts where all tonal instruments play the melody and there are expanded rhythm section parts for all - no one needs to sit out. We do have big band charts of some of our tunes upon request (please complete the unison study first - even if your students are advanced).
What else does playing a PTG Unison Chart allow for?
Arranging, Composing, and Improvisation.
We'll get into these later on.