In this session from a presentation at NYSSMA, Titlebaum leads attendees in practicing embellishments on a common melody ("When the Saints Go Marching In") using straightforward melodic techniques such as passing tones, neighbor tones, and more complex techniques such as double neighbors and chromatic embellishment. Later in the session, the same techniques are applied to learning another jazz standard, Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?" The session ends with some Q&A about the techniques and process.
"Developing Your Band's Rhythm: The Inner Game of Groove" is a jazz clinic given at the NYSSMA conference by Mike Titlebaum, director of jazz studies at Ithaca College. In this session, attendees practice rhythms with a metronome starting relatively simply, then getting progressively more complex. These exercises cen be modified for using with jazz groups of all ages.