Big Band Performance Skills

Your school ensemble performs three selections for DIVA. DIVA musicians then work directly with school musicians on their repertoire in a sectional format. Topics covered include stylistic interpretation, feel, balance, ensemble interaction, blend, dynamics and professionalism. Upon completion of sectional work, your ensemble regroups with DIVA musicians for a run-through of your ensemble’s repertoire.


General Instrumental Performance Skills

Conducted in a sectional format with trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, and drums. The clinic will focus on technique, section playing, sound production, intonation, performance etiquette, listening, and improvisation.


Private Lessons

Local educator(s), in conjunction with performance venue, select outstanding student(s) for any of the following instruments: saxophone (alto, soprano, tenor, baritone), trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone/bass trombone, piano, bass (acoustic or electric), or drums. Student will receive a sixty-minute private lesson with a DIVA musician at performance venue, school or music store. This should be arranged one month prior to performance.


Group Lessons

Conducted with any or all of the following instruments: alto, tenor, bari sax, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, piano, bass, drums, and all relevant doubles. Lessons are given in a group format and cover all issues specific to the individual instruments and the students’ skill levels.


Lead Playing

Conducted with lead trumpet, lead alto, lead trombone and a rhythm section player. Clinic focuses on stylistic interpretation, blending and balancing a section, phrasing, dynamics, articulations and leadership skills.


Jazz Improvisation

Conducted with DIVA rhythm section and 1-3 horn players. DIVA musicians work directly with your entire school ensemble or select group in constructing and developing solos. Clinic stresses jazz theory, stylistic interpretation (history), emotion in the music and listening.


Coaching the Rhythm Section

Conducted by Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA rhythm section, your pianist, bassist, drummer, guitarist and percussionist will be coached in stylistic interpretation, creating the right groove, accompanying a soloist, and improvisation.


Jazz Festival Adjudication

Any DIVA member may adjudicate your school’s jazz festival.



Any DIVA musician may be contracted to conduct a master class on her specific instrument.

Dickinson College Outreach
Quotes about diva educational clinics
"...I can say without reservation that DIVA was received by our sold-out audience at our 1998 festival with more appreciation and enthusiasm than any other we have hosted… DIVA’s sensitivity to the 1,000 students in our audience by encouraging them to stay after the program and talk was very heartwarming...I encourage anyone considering booking DIVA in educational settings to do so."

Jim Warrick, Coordinator of Jazz, New Trier H.S., Winnetka, IL

"My students will be talking about their experience with DIVA for a long time. They were dynamic, impressive, enthusiastic and had a wonderful way of reaching our band. The clinics were terrific! Finally, I’ve got to tell you that sometimes professionals have an attitude about working with high school players. Not so with Diva. They had plenty to say but in a positive, encouraging way..."

Haig Shahverdian, Director of Jazz, Hall H.S., West Hartford, CT