Music Theory and Improvisation

Music Theory and Improvisation

Zack Smith

Zack Smith is the Assistant Director of Imagine, as well as on the faculty as a Music Theory, Saxophone, and Piano Instructor. He has a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently working on his Master’s in Music Theory. He is a member of the local band, Valouch and the Hooch, switching between saxophone, bass guitar, and piano.

Zack has 12 years’ experience teaching saxophone and received the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching in 2015-2016 for music theory. He stresses the importance of creativity in the learning process, the importance of lifelong learning, and the importance of naps.


Jazz Improvisation

Jay Wilkinson

Jay Wilkinson received his BME and MM in trumpet performance from the University of Oklahoma. As a student he received numerous awards for trumpet performance in jazz and classical, and received a citation for jazz piano. Following his graduate degree, he spent time at the University of North Texas where he studied with Rodney Booth, Mike Steinel, Steve Wiest, and Keith Johnson. He is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Jay has performed at various locations across the U.S. as a vocalist and trumpet player and is a major performer in the Oklahoma City Metro area. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and was once featured as a vocalist during a pops concert. This connection has allowed him the opportunity to perform with artists like Ray Charles, Mercedes Ellington, Al Jerreau, Manhattan Transfer, Byron Stripling, Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Fleming, and Kelli O’Hara. He is a member of the Lyric Theatre Orchestra and often plays for traveling shows through Celebrity Attractions which feature some of this country’s finest Broadway performers. Wilkinson is also a trumpeter for the OKC Jazz Orchestra which has performed with Doc Severinsen, Bob Mintzer, Ben Patterson, and Tony Monaco. Jay has performed and toured with other smaller outfits.