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Hal Galper

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Mr. Galper’s teaching philosophy is founded on his research into the science of how the mind, body, and emotions affect learning and performance, the history and traditions of jazz music, and his many years of personal experience teaching and performing. His teaching methodology, as expressed in his March 1995 article “Radical Change” in “The Jazz Educators Journal,” is based upon the precept that the person, not his or her instrument, is the instrument, i.e., that all learning and performing difficulties stem from a lack of understanding and control of the mind, body, and emotions, and that these three elements are the tools we develop through practice and experience and use during the performing process. Hal believes that most students’ learning and performance problems are the product of inappropriate attitudes, perceptions, and conceptions about themselves and music. Radical change can be achieved by analyzing student musical behavior and correcting these attitudes.