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2005 - Louis Armstrong Award
2005 - Benny Goodman Award
2005 - Berklee College of Music - World Scholarship Tour
M. Jelani B. was born October 11, 1987 in Dallas, TX. He began playing music at a very young age. When he was 2 years old he began playing the drums; he later found his true musical calling, and love of playing the Saxophone. Jelani started playing the Saxophone when he was 9 years old and still has the same passion for it as he did when he first picked up the Saxophone. Only after a few years of practicing, Jelani began to perform around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Jelani has also received numerous outstanding soloist Jazz competitions awards. He was recognized as a member of the DC Festivals All-Star Jazz Ensemble 2004 and 2005. He performed in the all region Jazz band in Dallas, TX taking 1st chair Saxophone in 2005. His senior year in high school he was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for most outstanding musician. Jelani was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Michael also participated in a recording for one of Berklee’s newest cd’s (Darfur Sudan) (2005). Jelani has had the opportunity to play with such greats as: Walter Beasley, Keith Anderson, Doc Powell, Shaun Martin, Bobby Sparks, Lenny Stallworth, Roger Boykin, Dino Givoni, Shannon LeClaire, Marcus Miller, David Fiuczynski, Kirk Franklin, Donnie, McClurkin, Isreal Houghton, & Marvin Sapp and many more.
I began teaching when I was just a teenager. I believe in using a simple slow method. I collaborate with students and parents to set long and short-term goals and plans including participation in recitals, competitions and examinations. I've also created, implemented and evaluated multifaceted lesson plans to accommodate multiple learning styles in a group setting. I fostered a respectful learning environment and developed positive partnerships with parents and students to ensure student success.
- Long-tones and other basic excercises are a great way to start off any instrument.
- Getting to know the instrument is very important as well.
- Spend time with the instrument feel it inside out.
- Articulation of comfortableness around the instrument and techniques
- Sound quality rehearsal is very important, to make your sound desirable
- Embrochure is a very important exercise to make sure you keep up with
- Ear Training
- Repetitive exercising
- The chromatic scale is extremely important
The demonstrator retains the formal authority role by showing students what they need to know. The demonstrator is a lot like the lecturer, but their lessons include multimedia presentations, activities, and demonstrations.The authority model is teacher-centered and frequently entails lengthy lecture sessions or one-way presentations. Students are expected to take notes or absorb information. Facilitators promote self-learning and help students develop critical thinking skills and retain knowledge that leads to self-actualization.
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