For decades, Howard has visited colleges to teach master-classes, lead clinics, and conduct performances. His educational residencies feature hands-on instruction and typically include:
Residencies & Master Classes:
Texas Christian UniversityPenn State University
Bowling Green University
Durban Music School,
Howard Johnson conducted one of the most insightful, giving, and honest residencies that I have experienced since coming to the UMKC Conservatory of Music as director of Jazz studies. His artistry is beyond reproach. The hard work and dedication he displayed toward my students will not beforgotten.
- Bobby Watson, Director of Jazz
Studies at the University of
Howard Johnson spent several days on campus at Penn State University as guest artist for the Jazz Festival and Tuba/Euphonium studio. His work with the students, his performances, and his open demeanor and discussion sessions inspired both the students and faculty members. Everyone in the studio now wants to learn to play jazz because he was on our campus. That's what a successful residency is all about. He reached out and gave us all something to take home.
- Velvet Brown, Associate Professor
of Music at Pennsylvania State University
Howard Johnson served as Artist-in-Residence for the 26th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. Howard brought an unprecedented multi-instrumentalist's perspective to our students, his unique perspectives spanning both brass and woodwind instruments. These skills enabled Howard to bring a breath of fresh air to our students. In addition, he was a key participant and onstage "tour guide" for our subsequent concert performance of the Gil Evans’ arrangements of Jimi Hendrix's music. His work that evening was essential to the great success of that event - in part because he performed on the original incarnation of the Evans/Hendrix works.
- Willard Jenkins, Artistic Director of
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Howard Johnson was a guest teacher for my Jazz Improvisation Orchestra at Hampshire College. Howard’s work with the students exceeded my expectations. Students discussed the impact of his visit for weeks, as they absorbed the ideas he presented, and continued their work on the compositions he performed with them on baritone sax and tuba. Howard’s work with the students combined clear verbal critique, always given in a calm and respectful way, paired with the example of his inspired performance during the rehearsal. Howard provided me with flexible arrangements of his compositions that could be adapted to the group at hand.
- Marty Ehrlich, Hampshire College
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