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Why Teaching Music Makes You a Better Musician

Jazz guitarist Frank Potenza is a protégé of the great Joe Pass, and Chair of the Studio and Jazz Guitar Department at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In addition to his academic duties, he has also recorded seven solo albums, appeared as a sideman on numerous albums, and has appeared in concert with artists like Gene Harris, Joe Pass, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith and George Van Eps, among many others.

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Jazz guitarist and USC Thornton School of Music professor Frank Potenza describes one of his teaching techniques – encouraging his guitar students to think through a concept or technique as thought they need to show someone else how to do it – and why this process tends to make his students into better teachers and better guitarists.

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November 2007
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