Teaching

 

ART_0041Miles Okazaki has served as Associated faculty at the University of Michigan since 2013. He has also taught at The Banff Centre (2012-2015), The New School, SIM, Queens College, The Juilliard School, and led dozens of master classes in institutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He teaches private lessons to a small number of students in New York City, but musicians anywhere interested in his work are encouraged to visit fundamentalsofguitar.com, to explore his book and a collection of free instructional videos.


MBaseWaysLogo(black-vertical)Okazaki is also a founding member of M-Base Ways, an organization devoted to producing instructional material as an alternative to the typical school curriculum. The materials are mostly created by members of Steve Coleman’s band, and focus on fundamentals of musicianship including rhythm, ear training, and spontaneous composition. Okazaki has made videos for this site on harmonic and rhythmic concepts. Premium members also have access to a wide range of materials, including over 30 hours of interviews with Steve Coleman conducted by Okazaki. Visit M-Base Ways.


For studies on standard repertoire, Okazaki has begun to record videos for My Music Masterclass. His first video, called “rhythmic improvisation,” explores Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation” for an hour, and is available here.