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Seminars

Jeff Levenson brings industry experience into the classroom, encouraging student engagement with an aim towards identifying individual potential. His lectures bridge the gap between academic study and work-place opportunities.

 

SEMINARS

Jeff Levenson brings industry experience into the classroom, encouraging student engagement with an aim towards identifying and developing individual potential. His lectures bridge the gap between academic study and work-place fulfillment.
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THE BUSINESS OF JAZZ: CONNECTING THE DOTS

These workshops and lectures on the Business of Jazz offer an insider’s view of the real-world considerations students face upon graduation: Career Management; Recording Opportunities; Production; Contact Development; Discovering One's Identity; Strategies for Handling Press, Publicity and Marketing. 


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BRIAN WILSON and PET SOUNDS, THE BEACH BOYS and THE MYTH OF CALIFORNIA

This seminar investigates the conditions actuating the rise of Brian Wilson, rock’s first great auteur, from his years as a founding architect of pop music through the creation of his landmark album, Pet Sounds.  It examines his life and work in the studio, as he formulates an idealized vision of California – a Virtual Geography enacted through music.


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THE SONGS and RECORDINGS of PAUL SIMON

This seminar examines the written and recorded work of Paul Simon. To many, his work both projected and reflected the zeitgeist of New York during the second half of the 20th century. We will examine selected compositions and recordings expanding the Great American Songbook – their inspiration, construction and historical place within the soundscape of modern pop music.


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WORKSHOPS, U.S. and INTERNATIONAL 

  • New York University, New York

  • The New School of Social Research, New York

  • Lemmens Institute, Leuven, Belgium

  • Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels, Belgium

  • University of Antwerp, Belgium

  • Conservatorium van Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Codarts Conservatorium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Hochschule for Music, Hanover, Germany

  • Hochschule for Music, Hamburg, Germany

  • Hochschule for Music, Osnabrueck, Germany

  • Hochschule for Music, Bremen, Germany

  • Taller De Musics, Barcelona, Spain

  • University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria

  • JAM Music Lab, Vienna, Austria

  • University of Music & Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria