Here’s one for music teachers and their students. Yamaha, provider of some of the coolest music technology, is running a jazz improvisation competition which commences this autumn.
Entry is free and prizes include gigs at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and at Ronnie Scott’s and The 606, two of London’s most prestigious jazz venues. Yamaha will also be providing prizes for schools and community centres involved.
The competition is part of Yamaha’s ongoing Jazz Experience improvisation project for 11 to 19-year-olds and their teachers and already more than 100 teachers new to improvising techniques have attended a series of one-day jazz workshops in seven cities throughout the UK.
Yamaha is also building a new online music education network, "Yamaha Education Friends", for "connecting people who teach or contribute to music education". It aims to bring some of the benefits of Web 2.0, like blogs and discussions, along with resources like the excellent downloadable YES magazine and some astonishing and highly entertaining product demonstrations like the TENORI-On (below).
Competition details and forms for the Jazz Experience improvisation project will be available for download from July 30 from:
An interim report on the first phase of Jazz Experience by Yamaha's education liaison manager Bill C Martin, can be read or downloaded from:
Yamaha have also posted a short video compilation of the teacher workshops (below)