Music education needs innovation, and so do students.

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Thank you for wanting to learn about PlayTheGroove, I'm Richard Frank, creator of this innovative program to incorporate modern jazz and world music into secondary music education. PlayTheGroove is rooted in my personal experiences as a professionally trained musician, a graduate-level researcher, 60+ clinics and workshops, and countless conversations with professors, students, and educators. Currently, I am pursuing an M.A. in Educational Technology at California State University Northridge (CSUN).

I understand you are always looking for new ideas and enticing music to engage, foster inclusivity, and yield tangible results (that are measurable). We developed PlayTheGroove as a revolutionary new program for any instrumentation with a rhythm section. Through participatory and student-led activities, PlayTheGroove increases student ownership and creates a more inclusive environment for students of varying abilities and training. Furthermore, by incorporating critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration - the “4 C’s” of a 21st-century education - into the music classroom, PlayTheGroove leverages music education to help students build skills for academic, career and personal success.

PTG Licensed Songs with Sheet Music Samples 3:30

Key revolutionary elements of PlayTheGroove include:

  • New music: Our contemporary selections go beyond jazz standards to include modern jazz and world music.

  • Student decision-making: Being student-led, they choose what to play and how to play it, with the teacher's guidance.

  • Star parts for all players: All tonal instruments play the melody - nobody is stuck with a minor part. For rhythm instruments, we offer a variety of rhythm and chordal parts.

  • Tangible short-term results: PlayTheGroove supports the development of music fundamentals and maintaining students’ motivation by enabling them to arrange and play through a whole song in one class period, and perform in just a few weeks.

  • Ease and flexibility for teachers: PlayTheGroove requires very little professional development. Our pedagogies are flexible and can be applied as appropriate for different classrooms.

North Hollywood High School after 4-5 rehearsals

While initial results are promising, we need your objectivity to further develop and refine the content and methodologies to better serve teachers and students nationwide. This site will take you through the process, including the “3-2-1 Song Choosing Activity,” classroom rehearsals using the “PTG Approach,” and a performance.

Give it a try, and let us know what you think.

You will receive TWO FREE charts to keep, reference recordings and ample guidance for your involvement.

PS: For more background information on PlayTheGroove and Richard J. Frank, please click here.
A complete explanation of the curriculum can be viewed here.
An "in-progress" outline of the National Core Arts Standards attributed to this methodology can be viewed here.
For additional background and educational research on PlayTheGroove, please click PlayTheGroove Primer Information.

Richard J. Frank
818 514 4784 (email or text first to schedule a time to chat)
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