Wycliffe is one of the nation’s foremost music educators having held positions at Juilliard School of Music, Michigan State University, Manhattan School of Music in the Jazz Arts Program he currently is Artist in Residence at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA. Gordon is regularly featured as guest faculty, teacher, clinician and conductor for All-State festivals, band clinics, the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, the Int’l Trumpet Guild, the Int’l Trombone Festival and countless other high school and university programs and guest appearances. He is also the Artist in Residence for the third year now with the Louis Armstrong Legacy Project in Chicago.
Wycliffe’s unique approach is based on the premise that if you can sing something then you can play it or train yourself to play it. This book is geared toward trombonists, but the concept applies to all instrumentalists, wind, percussion, strings, etc. When you are able to sing rhythmically, melodically, and harmonically through a given exercise, etude, excerpt, or chord progression, this means you have “internalized” the music you are attempting to make and this is the best place to start.