Music | Vocal Jazz Pedagogy
E529 | 28119 | P. Madura Ward-Steinman

E529: Vocal Jazz Pedagogy

Fall 2007

Tuesdays:  6:00 to 8:00 PM

Course Description:

Hands-on strategies for teaching the principles of vocal
jazz.  Areas of study include historical perspective, landmark
recordings, repertoire, improvisation, scat syllables, swing,
accompaniment, amplification, auditions, rehearsal techniques, and
published resources.  The primary purpose of the course is to
prepare musicians to direct vocal jazz ensembles at the secondary
and collegiate levels.  No previous jazz or improvisation experience
necessary. This course fulfills a music education elective for
graduate students. It is open to undergraduates by permission of the
instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  For further
information, contact Prof. Madura at


Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman is an Associate Professor of
Music at the I.U. Jacobs School of Music.  A specialist in choral
music education, vocal jazz, and research, Patrice Madura joined the
I.U. music education department in 2003 after eight years as faculty
member at the University of Southern California, and faculty member
and choral conductor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and
Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.  She has taught
choral music to grades K-12 in California, and worked extensively as
a pianist.  Professor Madura has published numerous articles and a
book titled Getting Started with Vocal Improvisation, published by
MENC.  She regularly presents workshops and research on vocal jazz
at national and international music education conferences.  Dr.
Madura is currently the director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble of the
Singing Hoosiers and faculty sponsor for the I.U. American Choral
Director’s Association (ACDA) collegiate chapter.