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Professor of Vibraphone and doubles for Drummers.. - The Juilliard School Professor of Vibraphone and doubles for Drummers..
The ultimate goal is for the student to round out their individual musicianship by learning to function as a harmonic musician, and not just as a drummer. By learning tunes, form, and the language tools necessary to improvise on vibraphone and piano. Ultimately, this can assist each student in their future musical career. Each session will present a different set of drills, tools, scales, chord outlines, and tunes that will be assigned to the student, gauged by their individual level. Additionally, Mark will try to satisfy the goals of each individual student's mission statement, further helping them to reach their goal. Full attendance at all sessions is required, and student attendance will be considered in the final grade. Grades will be computed by attendance (responsibility reporting non-attendance), progress, and a disciplined approach to mastering the assignments. The outcome of the student's work will be the barometer.
About the Teacher: Mark Sherman is a global lead performer for 25 years, touring through Europe, Russia, Korea, China, Australia, Philippines, the United States as well as Canada. He has been a professor for over 13 years at The Juilliard School, CCNY on the jazz faculty and 10 years at both The New York Jazz Workshop and New Jersey City University. He was selected to be the Jazz Ambassador for the United States State Department, and Jazz At Lincoln Center, later touring through Russia and Asia, completing more than 30 concerts, performances and workshops all within 5 weeks. Sherman has also featured on more than 170 recordings as the sideman, on 20 major movie scores, and has recorded 18 CDs.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Mark Sherman has been in the Downbeat Magazine's Critics and readers poll from 2007-2018. Sherman brings a deeply rooted post bop approach to a program of originals and standards, which convincingly carry on the art form with a potent level of invigorating musicianship. His music is relentlessly energetic, hard charging, and brimming with incredible improvisations from his deeply rooted skillset. In addition Sherman has recorded 18 CD’s as a leader, and over 150 CD’s as a sideman. In 2011 he was given the honor of representing the United States on the US State Department /Jazz Ambassadors tour abroad with over 30 concerts and workshops in Russia, and Southeast Asia. He continues to carry on the jazz tradition through playing and education on piano/vibes and drums as an 13 year Juilliard Jazz professor of Vibraphone and Doubles For Drummers.
Students must know basic music theory, all major scales, major triads, and major 7th and minor 7th chords. They must also understand the basic rhythms and language components of music rhythm and theory, time signatures, key signatures, intervals, etc. Decent music reading will be useful.