Music...it is a part of every human culture and society. We are entertained by it, we are moved by it. KCCK uses jazz music, America's only indigenous musical art form, to enrich people's lives through radio, other technology and outreach programs.
School House Jazz is a music enrichment program created by KCCK-FM to tap into the energy and curiosity of young people and help them begin to appreciate jazz as fun music to listen to and an important part of our American heritage.
This project introduces elementary school students to jazz music and shows how it has influenced American culture. Through live performance, narration and interaction with musicians, this project demonstrates how jazz developed through social, economic and political changes in our country's history, and what sets jazz apart from other musical forms. The project also gives students a better understanding of the wide variety of music available to them as they begin to make personal choices about preference and style.
The Schoolhouse Jazz Program: The main Schoolhouse Jazz program is an assembly or all-school concert with the Schoolhouse Jazz team, consisting of professional performer-educators with narration. This particular format works well with large groups. It is also a good adjunct for Black History Month in February or for Jazz Appreciation month in April. The basic presentation runs about 45 minutes.
Schoolhouse Jazz is designed to be a flexible enrichment program that can easily be added to any existing curriculum. Each teacher who decides to use the resources of Schoolhouse Jazz can decide how much time they have to spend and what subjects should be incorporated into the assembly, workshop or residency. Please contact us to assist with planning and to schedule workshops at your school.
Schoolhouse Jazz Staff. The Schoolhouse Jazz musician lineup changes occasionally, based on the availability of the musicians, but the core group consists of:
What Teachers Say:
"You captured the attention of our young learners and gave many of them their first experience listening to live jazz. Thank you!" - Kathy Erusha, Principal, Monroe Elementary, Cedar Rapids
"They enjoyed the music, seeing the instruments and viewing the power point presentation. When I met with students later, they were still able to remember things like 'call and response.'" - Becky Collier, Music Teacher, Pierce Elementary, Cedar Rapids
Bring Schoolhouse Jazz to your school!
Schoolhouse Jazz won the 2009 Iowa Cultural Corridor Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Education category.
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