Upcoming Shows

  • 06/28/17 Hora Certa in Louisville, KY at Goodwood Tab Room
  • 07/02/17 Mike Tracy Jazz Quartet in Louisville, KY at Highland Presbyterian Church – Jazz Sunday – Mike Tracy Quartet
  • 07/02/17 - 07/07/17 Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop in Louisville, KY at University of Louisville School of Music
  • 07/08/17 - 07/14/17 Michael Tracy – Saxophonist/Educator in Siena, Italy at International Association of Schools of Jazz
  • 08/31/17 Mike Tracy Jazz Trio in Louisville, KY at Kentucky Center


Michael Tracy is a D’Addario Arist/Endorser/Ambassador playing exclusively on D’Addario Jazz Select Reeds.

Ed Materials

PRIVATE LESSONS – in person or via FaceTime or Skype

I truly enjoy working with students, all types – the beginner, the student looking to just improve to play in the school band, the high school or young adult looking to begin a career in music and the adult coming back to music after being away for a while.  I have had students of all ages and skill levels, from the local area to those at the university to ones in other countries as far away as Australia, Brazil, China, Estonia, Russia, Scotland and many more exotic locations.  … for details

CLINIC TOPICS

Possible topics for classes, workshops, ensemble rehearsals, and individual instruction.
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EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS

For more than thirty-five years, the Mike Tracy Jazz Ensemble has been actively involved in offering diverse musical experiences for students of all ages. While based in the Louisville, Kentucky area, the ensemble has presented demonstration concerts in Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Poland, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Singapore and Wales as well as throughout the United States, reaching thousands of students each year. The Mike Tracy Jazz Ensemble is committed to helping open the world of music through art of improvisation to all interested individuals.
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INSTITUTIONS WHERE I HAVE TAUGHT and/or PRESENTED MASTER CLASSES


SAXOPHONE SUNDAY
 January 2017

Master Class handouts:

JEN (Jazz Education Network) 2012 Conference

The annual JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference is being help in Louisville January 4 – 7.  My friend Renato Vasconcellos and I presented a clinic on Brazilian / American Styles and Approaches: A Comparison of Similarities and Differences. Our group The Tracy/Vasconcellos Brazilian Ensemble also performed at this conference.
… JEN Conference Clinic material   … Brazilian Music examples

Swiss Group of International Schools 2009 Conference

Back to School: Rekindling a passion for content: Exploring new topics across subject areas…
The teacher is put back into the classroom not as a process learner, but as a content learner…A variety of inspirational and international   speakers, who are experts in their field, will assemble to explore and share issues in subject areas from Biology to Literature, Maths to History, Music to Humanities and ToK to Science.
… view program

JAZZ PRESENTATIONS

LATIN-JAZZ PRESENTATIONS

BRIEF OVERVIEW of BRAZILIAN MUSIC
What Kind of Music is Played in Brazil

CREATIVITY – Nothing to be afraid of

Presentation in conjunction with pianist Harry Pickens designed for music teachers interested in beginning to improvise and for their students.   … view presentation

SAXOPHONE EQUIPMENT

FoYears ago I began asking saxophone performers and educators what equipment they used – types and models of saxophones, mouthpiece, ligature and reeds.  Visit SAXOPHONE EQUIPMENT to see the results.


Michael Tracy is a D’Addario Arist/Endorser/Ambassador playing exclusively on D’Addario Jazz Select Reeds.

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EDUCATION MATERIALS

 

USEFUL MATERIALS by OTHER MASTER EDUCATORS

INTERESTING ARTICLES ON JAZZ AND JAZZ EDUCATION

Tools of the Trade: JazzTimes 2009-2010 Jazz Education Guide
Thoughts on Starting a Jazz Program
Music and the Brain

USEFUL ARTICLES regarding HIGHER EDUCATION

The following are excellent articles that anyone interested in succeeding at a college or university should read.  I obtained them while advising students from all disciplines.  Regretfully I do not have the original sources but I trust that they would not mind my sharing this information.

Study Skills Program Outline for College Students (taken from The College Student: Reading and Study Skills 4th Edition – Spargo, 1994) offers thoughtful and  insightful views that students, parents and educators should consider.

7 Things Music Educations Majors Can Do to Make Themselves More EmployableUseful insights for all musicians not just Music Educations majors.

 

FOR MY FRIENDS IN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

The following pages are requirements that all jazz majors at the University of Louisville must complete – scales, chords, patterns, tunes and more.  This is what I shared with you in our master class.  I recommend that you review to see how many you know and consider working on those you do not.

Winds (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone)
Piano – Keyboard

Guitar
Bass

Percussion

Jazz Repertoire list

 

FOR MY FRIENDS IN BRAZIL

Orientação de prática instrumental para estudantes de jazz em nível iniciante e intermediário  Conselhos para estudantes de jazz – Michael Tracy

FOR MY FRIENDS IN QUITO and GUAYAQUIL

The following pages are requirements that all jazz majors at the University of Louisville must complete – scales, chords, patterns, tunes and more.  I recommend that you review to see how many you know and consider working on those you do not.

Winds (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone)
Piano – Keyboard

Guitar
Bass

Percussion

Jazz Repertoire list

FOR MY FRIENDS IN TBILISI, GEORGIA

The following pages are requirements that all jazz majors at the University of Louisville must complete – scales, chords, patterns, tunes and more.  I recommend that you review to see how many you know and consider working on those you do not.

Winds (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone)
Piano – Keyboard

Guitar
Bass

Percussion

Jazz Repertoire list

Please work on the following tunes:
Maiden Voyage
Killer Joe
Satin Doll