The (Red) State of Jazz

Jared Sims
My take on jazz and jazz education
Created 11 Sep 2021
  • How Teaching Teaches Us
    13 Jan 2022 • 2 min read • 2 0
    As the semester begins, I am reflecting on the great things that we as educators can learn teaching. I firmly believe that we are never done learning new things and expanding on what we already know a...
  • Preparing for Auditions
    02 Jan 2022 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Auditions are a "necessary evil" that every musician will encounter in school. The purpose of this post is to let young students know what to expect, how to prepare, and how to best represent themselv...
  • Will a high GPA in music school translate to artistic success?
    22 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    There seems to be a prevailing insinuation in academia that good grades will translate to success. Is it really that simple? The Definition of SUCCESS? What exactly is success and should musicians and...
  • Kenny G
    14 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    The new documentary “Listening to Kenny G” has everyone talking about Kenny G. I know scores of people who love Kenny G so I want to bring my own perspective to the conversation and hopefully not star...
  • How to Choose a Music School
    06 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    This is the time of year when students are making choices about where to audition and soon the choice will be deciding which school they want to attend. It can be an intense process with many details ...
  • Training Students to Be Leaders
    29 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    There is always the cliche in education that we are “training the leaders of tomorrow” but what does that mean in music? Why does leadership matter to music students? We need to train music students t...
  • Why We Can Be Thankful
    23 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    I was recently asked what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving week and I realized that we as jazz musicians have a lot to be thankful for. This is the week to take time, reflect, and celebrate! Musici...
  • Be Smart! - How to Make Money with a Jazz/Commercial Music Degree
    16 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Part three of my series about how to be successful making money with a music degree has to do with the decisions that we make surrounding money. Remember—the best way to have money is to not spend mon...
  • How to Make Money with a Music Degree
    08 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    My last post was the first of three posts that address whether a jazz/commercial degree is marketable and what opportunities are available. While it is not the job of ANY educational institution to be...
  • How to Make Money with a Jazz/Commercial Music Degree
    31 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Many people question the marketability of a degree in jazz from a university. Will graduates make money? Will they have opportunities? What will the opportunities be? Concerned parents and students wa...
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