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Northeast area music teachers association to host program with Mike Campbell

November 9, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

The Northeast Area Music Teachers Association (NAMTA) will host a program on Friday, November 9 at 10:15 a.m. at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls. The program, "Jazz Basics" will be presented by Mike Campbell.

The presentation will include an approach for teaching and developing traditional elementary jazz improvisational concepts:

learning and experiencing what it means to "swing"

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utilizing blues for learning and developing improvisational skills

an introduction to the theory behind how to use chords and scales for jazz improvisation on standard tunes.

Handouts will include suggestions and resources for learning and practicing jazz.

Mike attended DePaul University in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He taught privately while playing professionally in various orchestras, bands, combos and solo piano work. He studied jazz piano under Alan Swain, author and teacher of jazz theory and practice in Evanston, Illinois. Mike was on the teaching staff at the Allan Swain studios for several years. He has also taught jazz piano for the College of DuPage, Illinois and had assisted high school jazz piano and jazz ensemble groups in the Chicago Area as well as for Jamey Aebersold summer camp. Mike has been with West Music since 2009. He is an ordained Presbyterian pastor currently serving in Reinbeck and Grundy Center.

Visitors, guests and students are welcome to this program. Freewill donations are accepted.

To obtain further information about NAMTA or to find a music teacher near you visit



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