As a clinician, Eddie Lewis is probably one of the most qualified teachers in the state of Texas to teach your students the All-State Jazz Ensemble audition music. Not only is he an accomplished professional jazz trumpeter, he has also:
Composed etudes for the auditions since 2009
Judged at both the region level and the state level
Helped many students make All-Region Jazz and All-State Jazz
Made All-State himself (although not in jazz) when he was in high school – 1981 & 1982
Taught many clinics, workshops and masterclasses over the years
The topics covered in the All-State Jazz Clinic depend on the skill level of the students. Eddie has experience working with all levels of students. Depending on their needs, he will help them with the following topics:
How to swing
How to play jazz effects like falls, bends and doits
Using appropriate phrasing
Organizing your practice sessions
Using proven practice techniques to learn the jazz etudes
Improving range and endurance in a musical context
Note: Videos of this year’s All-State Jazz Etudes are at the bottom of this page.
Please note that what we refer to as a clinic, some teachers refer to as a masterclass or a workshop. If you are looking for someone to teach a masterclass, workshop or clinic on the All-State jazz etudes, it’s the same thing. Please feel free to contact us to setup an appointment.
The All-State Prep clinic is only available from February to late June, early July. In the All-State Prep clinic, Mr. Lewis teaches the students what they can do to prepare for the All-State auditions before the music is announced. It is limited to Spring and Summer because the music is announced in late July.
Eddie teaches what he calls “accumulative practice” instead of maintenance practice. It is possible to practice in a way that makes every minute count towards your personal progress. When you are organized and use proven practice techniques, ever minute you practice takes you closer to your musical goals.
The name of this clinic is also the name of Eddie Lewis’ first book. The Physical Trumpet Pyramid is the underlying concept that his Daily Routines and Chops Express books are built upon. In this clinic, Mr. Lewis will teach your students how to apply this extremely beneficial structure to their practice sessions.
Trumpet players are always looking for a higher range and greater endurance. Mr. Lewis teaches that the two of these are byproducts of strength. In this clinic, he will teach the students the formula for strength development and how to implement it in their practice.
Availability Outside of Houston
While most of the workshops and clinics Eddie Lewis does are local to the Houston area, it is not uncommon for him to travel. If you are interested in hiring him for a clinic in a Texas city outside of Houston, please feel free to contact us. We will spend time with you to find way to make it work.