Bill Stevens has recently retired after 25 years of service in the New York City Department of Education as the Assistant Principal - Administration, Supervisor of Performing Arts, Film and Fine Art and the Director of Jazz Studies at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
Beginning in September 2016, Bill will be directing and coordinating student Jazz programs with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Lucy Moses School and the New York Jazz Workshop.
I play a 1948 Martin Committee model trumpet and a Yamaha YFH-631 flugelhorn (1979) for small group Jazz performance. Both my trumpet and flugelhorn mouthpieces are custom made by Giardinelli, New York and Greg Black Mouthpieces, although I have recently begun to work with a Kanstul M-B4 mouthpiece. I also play a Yamaha YTR-634 trumpet (1979) in the New York Jazz Workshop Big Band and I play a Benge 3X trumpet (1972) for orchestral performance.
While in high school in Syracuse, New York two individuals, my high school band director Burt Dunlap and Jazz drummer George Reed, taught me that the study of music, and Jazz improvisation in particular, requires dedication. Years later, in my studies with Jack Walrath and Joe Solomon, I have learned that the study of music is a life long journey best taken slowly. What is learned during this journey must be shared with your peers and passed on to the next generation.
TEACHING MISSION STATEMENT:
As a doctor diagnoses each patient, my mission as a teacher is to seek each individual student looking to expand their musical knowledge through the long term qualities of mastery of their instrument through deep practice to develop the musical concepts of style, taste, communication, chord/scale theory including the study of chord progressions and rhythm.
An explanation of each quality:
1. Mastery of the Instrument – the ability to execute
the ideas that you hear quickly and easily
2. Style – your voice, your statement of who you are
3. Taste – is a process of elimination, choosing what to play,
when to play and the use of incorporating space
4. Communication – the direct link between you and
the band and between you and the audience
5. Chord /Scale Theory & the Study of Chord Progressions –
to learn and become familiar with
nomenclature, chord progressions and scale choices.
6. Rhythm – is what will combine all of the
prior elements into a cohesive statement
Private lessons are available on trumpet, Jazz improvisation and composition/arranging
Many of my concepts in teaching Jazz Improvisation were passed to me through my studies with Joe Solomon who studied this material as a student himself with Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca. Please find below the teaching concepts of Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca as taught to me by Joe Solomon.
Bill Stevens is also available for clinics on the following:
* Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques
* Brass, Woodwinds, Keyboards, Bass and Drums
* The Rhythm Section
* Jazz Improvisation - Click here to see my Jazz_Improvisation_Method_Book.pdf
For the college level student majoring in Jazz Studies, view a draft of my Jazz_Pedagogy_Curriculum.pdf
As a 25 year teacher and administrator with the New York City
Department of Education, I have recently assembled
a guide book for Assistant Principal's Administration/Organization
to assist in the day-to-day operations of a
public or private high school. Administrative_Guide_Book.pdf
For information and rates, use the contact tab to email me.