Project Description

Living Jazz: Children’s Project

at Howard Elementary School

Funded in Partnership with An Anonymous Friend

The Living Jazz Children’s Project begins the year by introducing ensemble singing concurrently with information about civil rights leaders; this gets students singing and thinking about music as a force for social change. The students perform in school assemblies and have the opportunity to perform as the opening act at the Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Scottish Rite Center, alongside professional musicians. During the second semester, students move from choral music to rhythm classes. The rhythm curriculum was created at the request of OUSD teachers and emphasizes complex polyrhythms alongside the historical context of African Diaspora cultures, geography, and history.

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