Living Jazz: Children’s Project

at Burckhalter Elementary School

Funded in Partnership with The Financial Avengers, and the Mel & Leta Ramos Family Foundation

The Living Jazz Children’s Project is a free, in-school music residency designed for kindergarten through 3rd graders in Oakland Unified School District. Debuted in 2005, the program teaches music fundamentals, ensemble singing, rhythm and percussion, and utilizes music as a tool for social change and empowerment. The first semester teaches choral music through a social justice lens and the second semester focuses on rhythm by teaching polyrhythms from the African Diaspora within the context of cultural awareness.

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