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(Published: June 08, 2007)

A FIRST EVER TEACHING EXCHANGE showcasing JAZZ will take place between New York City's Manhattan School of Music and the People Republic of China's Shanghai Conservatory on Wednesday, June 13.

Manhattan School of Music has been a leader in the use and development of distance learning technology since it began in 1996, and is the first major American conservatory to use this technology in music performance education. MSM and the Shanghai Conservatory forged a relationship a year ago with a classical music demonstration, leaving the Chinese wanting more exchanges. At the top of the Chinese wish list has been JAZZ EDUCATION.

Chinese students and teachers alike are especially excited and eager to learn all they can about jazz. With limited opportunities for jazz study available to them in China, they are turning to us for guidance giving MSM's jazz arts department the opportunity to shape the thinking of jazz education first hand in the Far East.

With Justin DiCioccio (dean of MSM's jazz arts program) at the helm, MSM will be offering interested parties in Shanghai the following:

How do you design a jazz program?
How does a jazz education work in the United States?
Small clinic on "Teaching Improvisation to Beginners" -- joining Justin on drums will be MSM jazz students Kareem Merchant, piano;
and Taylor Waugh, bass

On hand in Shanghai will be saxophonist Zhang Xiaolu, who is China's most compelling saxophonist today. (He is classically trained having attended the Shanghai Conservatory, with later studies at Boston University. He is a Yamaha artist, and is president of the Shanghai Saxophone Association and founder of the Shanghai Eastern City Saxophone Ensemble. Joining him will be teachers from other cities in China including from Beijing, Dalian, Shenyang, Guiyang, Zhejiang Art College, Nanchung education school, and a pop teacher from Nanjing Art College.

This live distance learning teaching event takes place on Wednesday, June 13 from Manhattan School of Music's Miller Recital Hall at 7:30 AM, simultaneously taking place at 7:30 PM that same evening in Shanghai. The event spans more than 8300 miles between New York City and the Far East, and uses broad band videoconferencing.

Justin DiCioccio has embraced distance learning education since his first jazz class that he taught using the technology in 1999. Since that time countless jazz students throughout the US and abroad have benefited from master classes, jazz clinics, workshops, and performances provided by the School's jazz faculty and students. Jazz faculty who have joined Justin in the use of this technology for jazz education include Dave Liebman, Cecil Bridgewater, Peter Eldridge, Bob Mintzer, and Bobby Sanabria to name a few.

One of the benefits of distance learning includes have a video available at the end of the session - therefore, a DVD of this historic exchange will be available to you if you are interested. Of course you are invited to join us as our guest if you are an early riser - coffee will be provided!

I look forward to hearing from you.



Debra Kinzler
Director of Public Relations

917-493-4469 (direct)

212-749-7561 (fax)

917-539-4881 (cell)


More Information: http://msmnyc.edu

Submitted By: Debra Kinzler

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