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Andrew Butt

Year of Award: 2013 Award State: Queensland Arts - Performing > Music
Education > Specialised Education
To investigate the jazz education journey from high school through to professional performance - USA
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I have over 30 years experience as a jazz educator and performer in Queensland, Australia. During this time I have developed music programs, been a member of advisory structures at school, tertiary and professional levels, undertaken research, presented at state and national conferences as well as being actively involved in jazz performance.

Australia is like many countries throughout the world where jazz culture is prevalent in both the performance and educational musical worlds. There can be little doubt however that the genre originated in North America and it is here where the majority of pedagogical resources and the main focus of professional performance exists.

This research trip enabled me to follow the delivery of jazz education and professional performance in the home of jazz through a variety of experiences including:

  • Immersion in schools in the Seattle area where a strong tradition of jazz education exists, investigating their pedagogical structures, methods and culture;

  • Attending the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Clinic exists to improve the methods employed in music education, to disseminate to school music teachers, directors, supervisors, and others interested in music education, information to assist in their professional work;

  • Spending a month immersed in the New York jazz scene attending performances, taking lessons and interviewing artists regarding their experiences as performers and jazz educators.

Through these experiences I have gained a deeper insight into the worlds of jazz education and performance in the USA. It has enabled me to gain a more informed perspective on how Australian jazz fits into and compares with best practice. I am now in an opportune position to share these experiences with the Australian jazz education and performance communities.

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