Jazz Education Programs



Mentoring young musicians is a tradition among seasoned jazz performers. Cookin’ at the O musicians work with elementary students in the Kids Jazz Playground and with middle and high school students in jazz clinics.

On August 2018, Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community will host the Family Music Picnic with Noteworthy Kids, a Northland nonprofit making music instruments and lessons available to talented area kids who otherwise couldn’t afford to play music. The Family Music Picnic will feature student and adult musicians, and raise funds for OACC’s and NWK’s music programs for kids.

On September 13-15, noted educator and jazz vocalist Bruce Henry, will teach his curriculum ‘Evolution of African American Music from Africa to HipHop’ in Northland middle and high schools

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Kids Music Playground

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Saturday May 18 | 11:00 AM – NOON
registration available Monday April 30

Saturday August 18 – registration available July 1

Saturday November TBD

 

Evolution of African American Music
From Africa to HipHop

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Program Description


The Evolution of African American Music is can be presented as a lecture, performance, or classroom presentation. Students will learn about many aspects of African American music such as “call and response,” rhythmic syncopation, vocal and instrumental improvisation. These musical ideas will be explored through the evolution of African American Music. Starting with music from the West African tribes, all the way to Modern Day Hip Hop.

Bruce Henry’s curriculum explores the evolution of African American music through the span of 20 stages. Each stage has informative and concise background information. The information will be presented through music appreciation, active listening, reading, music performance, language skills, and social studies activities. A discography and suggested artists is included for further learning.

The Evolution of African American Music from Africa to Hip Hop will address the following National Educational Standards. Understanding music in relation to history and culture. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music. Evaluating music and music performances. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts.

Program Outreach


Available dates: November 7, 8, 9
9am-4pm
Carlton County high schools and Duluth/Superior area

Available program formats:
Lecture Performance: assembly performance that gives an overview of The Evolution of African American Music. This assembly is available with Bruce as a solo performer or with 1-4 professional musicians.
Classroom Presentations: The Evolution of African American Music is ideal for Social Studies courses.

Bruce Henry


Bruce has over 30 years of teaching experience, instructing K-12, college, adults and seniors within the areas of vocal performance, vocal performance workshops and the Evolution of African American Music.

With over 25 years of performance experience, including jazz vocalist, composer, bandleader, live event production, Bruce is the author of “The Evolution of African American Music” – a comprehensive 21 lesson – teacher/student guide.

“Bruce is definitely one of the best artists in education out there today.” Randy Jennings, Director of Compas Arts Education

Contact and Scheduling


To schedule The Evolution of African American Music at your school in 2018 November 7, 8, or 9 contact:

Emily Swanson
emily@oacc.us
763-226-6828

This program is free to educators in Carlton County and Duluth area.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Clinics | Classes
Musical Mind & Flow

Glenn Swanson


Moving to Minneapolis in 1972 from Duluth where he attended UMD, Glenn quickly became one of the Twin Cities’ leading drummers in both live venues and the studio. He was a staff drummer at Creation Audio and worked with Minneapolis’ leading recording icons, including Herb Pilhoffer and Chris Moon. He received grants to write and produce “Faces of Children”, a multimedia theatrical production.

In 2010 he worked with Pippi Ardennia and co-founded PipJazz Foundation, a program that mentors talented jazz youth. Additionally, in 2010, he produced the United World Campaign while serving on the board of directors for Lift Kids.

Contact and Scheduling


To schedule Musical Mind & Flow at your school, contact:

Emily Swanson
emily@oacc.us
763-226-6828

This program is free to educators in Carlton County and Duluth/Superior area.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Program Description


A FOCUS ON RHYTHM AND TIME DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL LEVELS OF MUSICIANS

PURPOSE:

IMPROVE MUSICAL UNDERSTANDING OF TIME AND RHYTHMIC ACCURACY
ENCOUNTER AND DEVELOP FLOW
ENSEMBLE AND INDIVIDUAL CONNECTEDNESS TO FLOW
DEVELOP CONCENTRATION WITHIN GROUP DYNAMIC AND RHYTHMIC COUNTERPOINT
RELATIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOLO VOICE TO THE COLLECTIVE VOICE AND ONE’S ROLE IN IMPROVISATION AND INTER-GROUP COMMUNICATION

PROGRAM LENGTH: 45 MINUTES/SESSION

SINGLE OR MULTIPLE SESSIONS CAN BE COORDINATED