Jazz Port Townsend Educator’s Track

July 25 – 30, 2017
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

Become a more effective teacher while earning 40 in-service clock hours this summer in the Educator Track at Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend. You’ll be given the tools you need to lead your ensembles and teach improvisation to the best of your ability. Seattle musician and teacher Alex Dugdale will guide you on this program designed just for educators. Alex has a Master’s Degree in arts education from Seattle Pacific University, a Bachelor’s in performance from the Eastman School of Music and teaches in eight schools throughout Seattle. Have fun with Alex and other experienced performers and educators as you put what you learn into practice. College students majoring in education as well as professional instructors would all benefit from a week at Jazz Port Townsend.

The Jazz Port Townsend faculty places particular emphasis on improvisation throughout the week. Participants following the Educator Track have the option of playing an instrument in the improvisation classes, but are not required to. Workshop sessions focus on the rhythm section, drum set, big band, jazz theory and a variety of special topics. Master classes focus on instrument-specific skills. Your fellow educators will also be a resource as you hone your teaching abilities side-by-side. In addition to classes, you’ll watch our world-class faculty during combo and vocal rehearsals. Admission to all performances throughout the week is included in tuition. A full schedule for the week is below.

The cost for the entire session is $550. This includes tuition AND room/board (single dorm room). This price is offered to educators or current music education students only, and space in this program is limited.

For questions about the Educator’s Track please contact Gregg Miller, Jazz Program Manager (gmiller@centrum.org – 360.385.3102 x109 (office) – 206.890.3275 (cell) or coordinator Alex Dugdale, dugdale.ag@gmail.com, 206.724.7480 (cell).

Educator Track Schedule

Tuesday, July 25

9-11:45am Check-in. Observe any combo, vocal rehearsal or morning session, especially:

                “Bass Basics” A successful jazz ensemble HAS to have a competent bass player. But what can you say that will help them improve? With Jon Hamar.


11:45-1:00           Lunch and orientation with Alex Dugdale

1:15-2:45              “The Rhythm Section” A good ensemble of any size HAS to have a good rhythm section. This session will focus on how to teach yours to play well together.

3-4                          “Your Turn To Play” Putting into practice what you’ve been learning through improvising in a combo with your colleagues. Playing is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged! With Alex Dugdale.

4:15-6                    Faculty Presents, Wheeler Theater

6-7pm                   Dinner

7:15-9:30              “Teaching Improvisation I” Educators often say that improvisation is the most challenging aspect of jazz to teach. These sessions will give you specific information you can use in your classroom. A lab combo will be there to demonstrate. Educators are also welcome to play, but are not required to. With Randy Halberstadt.


Wednesday, July 26

9-10:30am           “Your Turn To Play” With Alex Dugdale.

10:45-11:45         “Teaching Improvisation II”  Continuation of last evening’s session, With Terell Stafford

1:15-2:45              Attend any Master Class

3-4pm                   “Your Turn To Play” With Alex Dugdale.

4:15-6                    Faculty Presents, Wheeler Theater

8:30-10                 Observe Big Band Rehearsal led by Clarence Acox. As the director of the renowned Garfield High School jazz program, Clarence is one of the most respected big band leaders in the country.


Thursday, July 27

9-10:30                 “Focus on Big Bands.” Debrief of Wed. evening’s big band rehearsal; Big Band literature; Big Band teaching tips. With Alex Dugdale.

10:45-11:45         “Rhythms of the Americas” A look into Latin rhythms and a guide to grooves.

1:15-2:45              “The Drumset.” For non-drummers the drumset can be mysterious. What cymbal should be played in a given setting? When should the bass drum be used? How do you “kick” a horn entrance?

3 – 4                       “Teaching Improvisation III”  Continuation of last evening’s session.

4:15-6                    Faculty Presents, Wheeler Theater

7-8                          Observe Big Band Rehearsal (optional)

8-11pm                 Jazz in the Clubs Your badge admits you to all public performances.


Friday, July 28

5th Annual “Friday Workshop Blowout”  Special topics presentations all day. Choose from sessions such as “Wrapping Your Ears Around A Tune,” “The Music of Miles Davis,” “Criticism or Critique?” “’Keeping’ or ‘Sharing’ the Time?” “Cooler Chords,” “Ride Cymbal Dance Party,” “How To Listen Like A Musician,” “Know Your $%&! Or Get Off The Stage!”

5 – 6                       Wrap-up session, with Alex Dugdale

7:30                        Mainstage Concert

10pm-12:30am  Jazz in the Clubs


Saturday, July 29—Optional Day. Your badge admits you to all performances and sessions

10:30-11:45         Special all-workshop session in Wheeler Theater

1:30                        Mainstage Concert

5:30-7:10              Dinner on the lawn outside the Pavilion

7:30                        Mainstage Concert

10pm-12:30am  Jazz in the Clubs


Sunday, July 30

7:45-8:45am       Breakfast

9:00                        Shuttle departs for SEA-TAC airport

11:00                     Check-out time for dorms