SCHOOL WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES

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WHO

  • Workshops and residencies are suitable for students 10 years (5th Grade) or older.
  • No musical experience is required.
  • Music and other arts students are welcome.

WHAT

  • A one-time workshop, e.g. Jazz as a Metaphor for Democratic Participation, or another agreed upon theme, topic, event or time period
  • A residency of 2-12 lessons centered around your choice of themes, topics, events or time periods. For example:
    • Leadership
    • Rights, Responsibilities and Citizen Resistance
    • Slavery
    • The 2nd Amendment Debate
    • The Constitution
    • The Occupy Wall Street Movement

WHEN

  • During U.S. History, Government, Civics, Music or elective class periods, as well as after school
  • Class length = one class period or 60-90mins when schedules allow
  • Best when lessons are held twice per week

WHERE

In your classroom, multi-purpose room, assembly space, gymnasium or other community space

WHY

  • The Jazz & Democracy Project® challenges students to think critically, creatively, and to use high order thinking skills: evaluation, synthesis and application of ideas within and across disciplines.
  • J&D reaches children of all learning modalities by utilizing literary, aural, visual and kinesthetic activities.
  • J&D connects history with current events, modern society and students’ lives
  • J&D enriches the core curriculum while providing arts education.
  • J&D fosters an appreciation for jazz, America’s classical music.
  • J&D encourages civic engagement in one’s community.
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Program Highlights:

1. EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS INTERVIEWS

The Jazz & Democracy Project® exclusive artist interviews form the foundation of the J&D curriculum. Excerpts from these interviews are both transcribed in the J&D course book, and played aurally for students, providing first hand insight into the jazz process from emerging and established jazz masters.

Terence
Blanchard
Michel
Camilo
Marc
Cary
Rachelle
Ferrell
Tia
Fuller
Terreon
Gully
Stefon
Harris
Lalah
Hathaway
Horacio “El Negro”
Hernandez
Mark
Levine
Alexis
Lombre
Christian
McBride
Myra
Melford
Marcus
Miller
Meshell
Ndegeocello
Hailey
Niswanger
Dafnis
Prieto
Joshua
Redman
Anton
Schwartz
Kendrick
Scott
Marcus
Shelby
Wayne
Shorter
Ben
Sidran
Walter
Smith III
Aneesa
Strings
Helen
Sung
Jacky
Terrasson
Jeff ‘Tain’
Watts
Ben
Williams
Warren
Wolf
Miguel
Zenón

2. MUSICIAN DAY

The Jazz & Democracy Project® puts live music directly in front of students on Musician Day. So far, over 60 musicians have played for J&D students, turning the ordinary classroom into an interactive jazz hang where students interact with musicians both musically and through Q&A. Musicians share their insights on the music—and sometimes on democracy—helping students get further inside the jazz process. From this first hand experience students are treated not only to a private concert, but to an intimate understanding of the music and what is required of musicians who play it.

3. DEMOCRACY JAM®

The Democracy Jam® is J&D’s civic engagement vehicle. Students are asked how they would like to participate in democracy, be it a pressing issue such as poverty, or through a profession that interests them. Later in the course, after locating people who work on these issues or in these fields, J&D students Democracy Jam® with guest speakers. Like a jam session, a Democracy Jam® is a structured yet free flowing conversation that requires preparation. Students prepare questions based on the guest’s biography or resume, but a free exchange of ideas is encouraged. Each guest is encouraged to tell students what skills it took for them to reach the current place in their career so that students can decide if they truly want to pursue this issue or career, and if so, how to begin moving in that direction right away.

Note: Schools may contract for as few as one workshop, or for a longer series. Pricing for various lengths is available upon request.