Educational Activities

Doug Talley

Doug has taught music in the Shawnee Mission (KS) School District for over 25 years. He was the recipient of the 2010 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education and the 2009 Johnson County Library Foundation Pinnacle Award for Arts Education. He has appeared as guest lecturer/clinician at the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) national convention, the Kansas Bandmasters Association (KBA) annual convention, the IAJE summer Teacher Training Institute and served as director of a student jazz all-star group at the National Association for Music Education (MENC) national convention. Doug has served as an adjunct music instructor at Baker University, MidAmerica Nazarene University and Kansas City Kansas Community College and, for 12 years, was a faculty member of the Great Plains Jazz Camp.

Doug and the Quartet are frequently asked to conduct workshops, clinics, demonstrations and lectures throughout the Midwest. Some of the more popular topics are listed below.

Doug Talley
  • Interactive workshop on jazz improvisation
    Target group – instrumental music students, all levels
  • Interactive workshop on jazz styles
    Target group – students, all levels (music background not required)
  • “How to Listen to Jazz” – a fun, informative demonstration (often interactive with the audience) that might change how you listen to jazz!
    Target group – general audiences
  • Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Jazz
    Target group – future teachers, or teachers with little or no jazz teaching experience
  • Workshop/clinic on jazz performance techniques for rhythm sections, saxophone, piano, bass and drum set
    Target group – music students and teachers