The MusicCircle software was integrated into the BA Jazz course at Leeds College Of Music in a module titled Jazz Saxophone Performance in Context. In this chapter Ed Jones, a professional Jazz saxophonist and music educator, describes his experience using MusicCircle. Until recently, Jazz players were educated according to an apprenticeship model where young musicians ‘paid their dues’ by playing alongside older, established musicians. A huge amount of valuable knowledge was passed on in these environments. Jones used MusicCircle as a vehicle for reviving and rebooting this apprenticeship model by creating a blended learning environment where performance, theoretical and technical issues could be explored within a jam session / rehearsal environment. He found that MusicCircle increased student engagement and helped performers learn how to give and receive effective feedback.
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