Thank you for wanting to learn about PlayTheGroove, I'm Richard Frank, creator of this innovative program that incorporates modern jazz and world music into music into an educationally-grounded program. PlayTheGroove is rooted in my personal experiences as a professionally trained musician, a graduate-level researcher, 60+ clinics and workshops, and countless conversations with professors, students, and… Continue reading PlayTheGroove, What’s This All About?
How often do you hear there are no careers in music? Making a career in the music industry is not as straight forward as being a doctor, lawyer, or plumber… but then again, are those careers straight forward? There are over 200 different careers in music. Yes, over 200. Performing is just ONE of them. Most… Continue reading There Are No Careers in Music!
What causes a change in someone to adopt new possibilities? Several years ago, when Aaron, my son, was about 12, we were back in my hometown in upstate NY (Utica-Albany area) for a reception and I wanted to introduce him to my former math teacher, Mr. Pedley, who had a knack for getting others to… Continue reading What Creates Change? Flip the Switch
Notice we didn’t use the word HAS changed. Music education made some big shifts over the last 3 to 5 years and it will continue to shift, every day. Music education is changing. Every day is different and we have new issues to address every day. We have to change, to grow, to meet these… Continue reading Music Education is Changing
A strict definition of a traditional jazz band model is the classic big-band instrumentation. 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and 5 saxes, 1 drummer, 1 bassist, 1 guitarist and 1 pianist. Traditionally these groups perform classic jazz repertoire. Some groups… Continue reading Redefining Non-Traditional in a Jazz Band
I, and everyone in the world enjoys the “status quo” in our lives; a consistent grocery store, similar foods, regular habits and routines are all comforting. We need them for consistency, and to progress, in this world because they are mostly automatic. But what if there was a better, closer and less expensive car mechanic… Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be “Status-Quo”