Modern Jazz and World Music, Music Education, PlayTheGroove

PlayTheGroove, What’s This All About?

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?


What is a non-traditional & inclusive ensemble?

In my secondary ensemble experiences over the past 10 years, the "traditional" big band of 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes, and a rhythm section is not as common as it once was. More often than not, a teacher finds themselves with an odd number of every instrument. This leads to a conundrum of what… Continue reading What is a non-traditional & inclusive ensemble?

Music Education

Achieving a “Single Point of Reference”

Patrice Rushen, Chair of the USC Popular Music Program and Advisor to PTG, coined a phrase that denotes PlayTheGroove's initial intent of quickly achieving a “Single Point of Reference.” Playing a complete song in one period allows the ensemble as a whole to have a solid starting point from which to grow and expand. This… Continue reading Achieving a “Single Point of Reference”