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Talking Jazz 6: Teaching Jazz Values


Wed Feb 26, 2014  8pm EST


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Because jazz is founded on interactive collective improvisation, it’s often said that the music embodies democratic principles. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble,” First Lady Michelle Obama has said.  Jazz also exemplifies such values as virtuosity and disciplined life-long practice. Jazz education can be used to transmit these and other  positive values to students of all ages, whether they are musicians or not. In this online webinar/Google Hangout, our expert panel of jazz educators will share experiences and provide concrete teaching suggestions.

This webinar is open to to anyone who loves jazz and wants to pass its lessons and rich heritage to our next generation; it may be especially relevant to teachers and educators working in all disciplines (not just music) who want to integrate jazz and jazz history into their classroom on either a one-time or a continuing basis.  It may be of particular interest to educators who want to participate in Jazz Appreciation Month and JazzApril activities this year.

Panelists (l-r):
Panelists:  Dr. Wesley J. Watkins, IV is the Founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project® (J&D), a music integrated curriculum that uses jazz as a metaphor to bring American democracy to life, enrich the study of U.S. History in elementary, middle, and high school, and inspire youth to become active, positive contributors to their community. J&D has been featured on NPR and elsewhere and Dr. Wes –as his students call him–  put forward the links between jazz and democracy in a TEDx talk.
Sharon Burch is an elementary music teacher and clinician who chairs the international Jazz Education Network Education Committee and  serves as an elementary education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center   She authored the national best-selling interactive Freddie the Frog Book series for teaching music concepts.

Todd Stoll is vice president for education of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the largest jazz organization in the world, overseeing programs that touch millions of people from infants to the elderly. He says, “Our ultimate goal is to raise the consciousness of our society thru jazz music. I believe in the power of transformational arts education; that an inspired society can help re-define our social goals and structures beyond that of the mass-produced and marketed, that a national movement to define our culture and make peace with our past can move all Americans towards a better understanding of themselves and the world at large.”

Moderated by JJA President Howard Mandel

 You’ll be able to watch live video of our panel (via Google Hangouts on Air) and post your own comments and questions for the panelists.

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Other webinars in this series:

Talking Jazz 1 Where We’ll Hear Jazz

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Talking Jazz 2 What Should Arts Journalists Know?
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Talking Jazz 3  Federal, State & City Arts Funding & Jazz
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Talking Jazz 4 Jazz ‘Diplomacy’ Now
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Talking Jazz 5  Museums Keep Jazz Alive
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