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Expanding The Dialogue

THE HUMAN SPIRIT RESIDENCY PROGRAM

OVERVIEW

The members of Human Spirit have been mentoring and teaching the up and coming voices in jazz for a generation in the Pacific Northwest, both on and off the bandstand. Now the band’s co-leaders have developed a program to share their experiences in music with the next generation of players. Expanding The Dialogue shows aspiring musicians how to set achievable goals, avoid complacency and how to use improvisation as a tool to explore musical identity, band cohesiveness and composition.

Designed to fit into half-day sessions, full day sessions and two-day residencies, Expanding The Dialogue is suitable for nearly all levels of musicianship and is intended to inspire creative thinking during performance and as a tool for learning. Individual musicians as well as fully formed small and large ensembles can gain from the many years of diverse experiences the members of Human Spirit share.

Expanding The Dialogue can help individuals find a starting point in their practice and help them define their own musical voice. Using goal orientation and by embracing their imperfections, instrumentalists can focus on becoming better musicians almost immediately.  Small groups will learn how to increase ensemble unity and develop a repertoire all participants can be enthusiastic about. Members of large ensembles will improve their ability to listen and react to the music as it flows and to create a greater sense of drama in the course of a performance.

The members of Human Spirit have spent years learning how to play together. Their invaluable experiences can help inspire a greater enthusiasm for music and learning among novice and progressive students alike.  Expand your dialogue with music today.

THOMAS MARRIOTT WORKING WITH THE MERCER ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND

HUMAN SPIRIT PERFORMING ON ART ZONE

AVAILABLE FORMATS:

  • Half-Day Residency

    Group Workshop / Breakout Session
  • Full-Day Residency

    Concert / Group Workshop / Breakout Session
  • Two-Day Residency
    Concert(s) / Group Workshops / Breakout Session / Ensemble Coaching / Private Lessons

 

BREAKOUT SESSION TOPICS:

  • Defining your individual voice as an improviser
  • Music business for the aspiring professional
  • Creating an ensemble identity
  • Fluid harmony and improvising in the moment
  • Using imperfection as a tool for learning
  • Developing bandstand communication

The members of Human Spirit have completed successful residencies at:
The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, Indiana University, University of The Arts, University of North Florida, University of Washington, The National Trumpet Competition, Boise State University, University of Oregon, Georgia State University, The Jazz School – Christchurch, New Zealand, Cornish College of the Arts, The College Of Southern Idaho, Pacific Lutheran University, Shoreline Community College, University of Puget Sound, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University, Portland State University, and many others!