Improvising on a Groove: Finding (or Creating) Easy Repertoire to Introduce Fun, Improvisational Musical Play. Grades 6-12

Join award-winning jazz bassist and educator Jodi Proznick, as she walks you through how to introduce improvisational play into your classes using easily accessible repertoire ideas.  


By the end of this workshop, you will be armed with: 

•A step-by-step process for how to introduce improvising over simple chord progressions, simple grooves and ostinatos. 

•A collection of common song choices that are effective choices to introduce improvising  

•How to creatively use the repertoire you already have by changing those challenging changes in solo sections into fun progressions that more students will want to solo over or adding whole sections to an arrangement to open up creative play.  

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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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    Jodi Proznick

    Multi-award winning bassist, composer and educator Jodi Proznick has received many awards including the Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year, National Jazz Award for Bassist, Album and Acoustic Group of the Year, and two JUNO nominations for her CDs Foundations and Sun Songs. She has performed with many internationally recognized artists such as Michael Bublé, Phil Dwyer, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman, Harold Mabern, Bill Henderson, and as has been featured on over 40 albums as bassist.  


    Jodi is also a devoted teacher and is currently the Chair of the Jazz Department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and Artistic Director of the Summer Jazz Workshop and Sister Jazz Day. Previously, she was on the music faculty at Capilano University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In 2019/2020, she was the Manager of Education and Community Outreach for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  


    She holds a BMus in Music Education (Jazz) from McGill University and a MEd in Art Education from Simon Fraser University.