Introductory program for the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
MUSIC WORKS is the introductory program for the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild for ages 10-14. Course of study seeks to develop consistency, independent study, and preparedness for more advance music instruction.
ALL INSTUMENTS PROVIDED: trumpet, saxophone, piano, upright, bass, trombone, and percussion. The goal of this weekly mobile music session is to get students playing on the first day, cultivating a curiosity in music and igniting their imaginations.
Students have the opportunity to work alongside "practicing" musicians applying skills in decision-making, strategy building and other productive habits of mind.
Sound Minds Concert & Master Class
December 10, 2015
Music Works participants @Henderson Middle School were treated to a live jazz concert and master class. Artistic Director, Ashby Anderson led the workshop. Other professional artists were: Atiba Taylor-saxophone, John Wheelock-bass, and Keith Willingham-drums.
MUSIC WORKS "INFORMANCE"
To culminate each session, students participate in a Jazz “Informance”, which is a combination of a masterclass and live performance. Turning the classroom into an interactive “jam session” where students interact with musicians both musically and through Q&A. Musicians share their artistic insights on the music helping students get further inside the jazz process. From this hands-on experience students are treated not only to a live concert, but to an intimate understanding of the music and what is required of musicians who play it.
MUSIC WORKS #justplay
The Music Works curriculum provides students with a fundamental understanding of music and exposure to the rich cultural history of Jazz, America’s music. Music teaches persistence and can serve as a primary source of student motivation. These habits of mind are among the essential ingredients for creativity and innovation.