I’m Back. (Jazz Organ Project 29/250)

I have been doing a lot for the last 4 months since I posted here.

I became the Music Director for North Carolina Arts in Action.  Arts in Action is a non-profit organization that helps children reach their full potential using performing arts as the catalyst to build focus, discipline, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership.  We work in school with fourth graders for sixteen weeks to put together a final performance.  Each weekly hour-long class is accompanied by a live musician, and the final performance is accompanied by a live band.  My job is to coordinate the musicians and create the music for rehearsals and performances.

Also, I accompanied Ballet I at Duke for the fall semester.  I went in there knowing very little, and worked very hard to become a proficient ballet accompanist.

These jobs showed me that I needed to work on sight reading as well as basic keyboard skills.  I came up with a practice routine that I’m using on a daily basis:

40 minutes of scales, arpeggios, and cadences using Alfred’s Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences: Complete Book

1 hour of sight reading, usually using this cool book: Classics to Moderns in the Intermediate Grade (Music for Millions, Vol 37)

1 hour of jazz practice – more about this later

I highly recommend both of the above books.  In general, music books are a fantastic value.

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