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Bill Stevens to Speak at the 2018 Jazz Education Network National Conference

Bill Stevens has been selected to give a compelling presentation entitled, “Characteristics of Effective Practice” at the Jazz Education Network 9th Annual National Conference in Dallas from January 3-6, 2018.  This talk was adapted from an inspiring lecture which Bill gave to his Musicianship I class at Santa Clara University.  In this seminar, attendees will learn that effective practice makes the musician; ahead of talent, desire, a positive attitude, luck or 10,000 hours of ineffective practice. In this dynamic, inspirational clinic, Stevens presents 35 characteristics of effective practice including the need to show-up consistently, the expectation of ebb and flow and the willingness to learn from anyone with experiences you do not have.

More about the Jazz Education Network:
The Jazz Education Network is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.  

More about Bill Stevens:
Bill Stevens is a member of the music faculty at Santa Clara University, where he directs the Aural Skills program and teaches Jazz Piano.

Mixing elements of hard bop, the blues, and funk in his two-fisted, hard swinging style, Bill is an active pianist on both coasts. He has collaborated with musicians Hilary Kole, Renn Woods, Aaron Mills, Eric Mrozkowski, Weldon Kollock, Chip Newton, Al Strong, Ryan Lucas, and many others.

Bill is the author of Jazz Musicianship, a Guidebook for Integrated Learning, volume 1 of which is available through The Walden School,