Materials Our teacher package, designed for music or classroom teachers,
contains a recording and a one period class plan for both before and after
the assembly. Class prep and review is not essential to the program's success,
but it can enhance its impact. The material is provided as an option for
interested teachers. Curriculum tie-ins are integrated into the program,
and can be custom designed.
performance has been a highlight of the year. Students still request to
sing "Blackbird" in music class. Long live Jazz! Thanks for the
great concert and the inspiration!"
Emily Hartshorne, music teacher, Wells Memorial
School, Harrisville, NH
Jazz Time This is the ideal show for Elementary School children. They'll
recognize many of the tunes, and see how much fun it can be to make up new
music based on their familiar favorites. Also on the program are some classic
jazz tunes like It Don't Mean a Thing and Summertime. These songs are simple,
memorable and fun, just like their favorite nursery rhymes. Clapping, scatting,
sing-alongs and jazzy games are featured in this program. Performance pieces
include Old MacDonald Had a Band, The Eency, Weency, Jazzy Spider, The Band
Body, Feelings, Conversations and the classic blues, Now's the Time.
Band size: 4 or 5 Grades: K-3, or Family Show Audience Size - up to 250.
learned that one song can be played many ways to sound really neat even
if it's only Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
Dan Ellingwood, Age 6
you for the performance. I had loads of fun. I hope you did too. I think
everyone did a great job. Thank you for coming."
Nicole Stone, grade 4
Every element in jazz has its counterpart in life. Through the fascinating
interactions in pieces like Countin' the Blues, Feelings,
Jazz Sandwich,I Love Jazz and Jazz Scenes
from Life, all of the basic features in jazz are brought to life.
Well known songs like the Flintstones, Inspector Gadget, and the spritual
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands provide familiar ground for learning
new concepts. Jazz classics like Summertime and Bye Bye Blackbird round
out the program. Topics include improvisation, scat singing, swing, song
form, the blues, instrument roles, interactions in the band and listening
skills. This show is tailored to audience size and age range, and is presented
at all venues. Band size 2-5. Grades K -12 or Family Show. Audience Size
- up to 250. Go to Jazz Alive!
really make jazz accessible to these youngsters! What impressed me in particular
was your rapport with the children, the audience participation and the way
in which the program was organized."
Lois Kipnis, Director of Arts Education, Locust
Shammy and the Wizards of Jazz Experience the MAGIC of Jazz. Jazz is magical in the sense that jazz, like all spontaneous
living, is full of surprise and wonder. This program demonstrates the magical elements of jazz in the context of entertaining skits that magically explain the art of jazz listening. Costumes, drama and comedy join forces with great music and sound pedagogy to provide
a solid learning experience. Band size 3-5. Grades K-12 or family show. Audience size - up to 250.
Jazz Musician is a one week school residency that teaches students
to play jazz. Available for grades 4-6, students will use recorder, percussion instruments and voice to explore jazz. (If needed, recorders may be purchased or borrowed for us.)
The course involves varied activities, often presented as imaginative games. Subjects include
listening, imitating, memorizing, composing and improvising. The students
chant, sing, move and play instruments.
Day one orients the children to the basics of music: rhythm, melody, harmony,
dynamics (volume), tempo (speed) and meter (a measured pulse). Day two covers
learning a melody by ear and memorizing it. Days three and four focus on
improvisation and composition, and the last day is spent tying everything
together for the evening's performance. By actually playing jazz, the student's
inner experience promotes an intrinsic understanding of the music. This
is a much more powerful learning experience than learning about jazz from
a lecture or textbook.
Improvising Jazz Workshops for instrumentalists and vocalists range from one period to a one week residency. They can be
custom designed to complement the music teacher's curriculum and goals. Please see the description below.
was particularly impressed with the comparison you made between the parts
of the body and the members of the band. The children loved the portion
of the show where you allowed them to choose a feeling and the band showed
them how that feeling can be translated into music."
Jeannie Connolly Director, ConVal Elementary Schools Arts
Enrichment Program, Peterborough, NH
Jazz This class is offered to instrumentalists and vocalists from
middle school through graduate school. Experienced players will revisit
basics from a fresh perspective, and get advanced techniqes in light of
these basics. The class runs anywhere from one period, to a full day, and
up to one week. It covers basic improvising skills such as playing by ear
and memorization. Scales, patterns, rhythms and harmony are explored in
the context of imaginative games. Jazz application involves simple folk tunes, authentic jazz riffs and blues, groove and standard
tunes, vamps and drones. The emphasis is on the student's experience in
the workshop. Process and awareness are valued above "product."
This approach helps the student's appreciation of their own style and fosters
self confidence in practice and performance. Practice techniques for a lifetime
of study are provided.
Kolodny worked well with our students at Brevard Middle School. He enhanced
their understanding of jazz as well as their love for music. His rapport
with staff was excellent. Mr. Kolodny brought an added dimension to our
John K. Tinsley, Principal, Brevard Middle School, Brevard,
The Playful Voice - Exploring Vocal Improvisation
This performance/workshop uses vocal improvisation as a vehicle for opening up one's spirit. Through performance, demonstration and interaction, Laura Pierce leads the group in exploring ways to have fun and be creative, and to express themselves freely with vocal improvisation. Participants get to try scat singing, in the context of familiar folk tunes, the blues, jazz and free-play. No experience is necessary, participation is optional and everyone from non-musician to professional vocalist will find something of value in the workshop.