“Teaching Jazz Values” Jazz Journalists Association – Webinar Series

Join us for a free online Panel/Google Hangout WED Feb 26
Talking Jazz


Teaching Jazz Values

Wed Feb 26| 8pm EST

Free and open to all but you must REGISTER in advance
part of the Jazz Journalists Association 2013-14 Talking Jazz Series presented by The Jazz CruiseGet a special offer on a NEW Fall 2014 cruise.

 “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble,” First Lady Michelle Obama has said, and it’s true:  jazz is founded on interactive collective improvisation that embodies democratic principles. Jazz also exemplifies such values as virtuosity and disciplined life-long practice. Jazz education can be used to transmit these and other  positive values to students of all ages, whether they are musicians or not. In this online webinar/Google Hangout, our expert panel of jazz educators will share experiences and provide concrete teaching suggestions.

This free webinar is open to to anyone who loves jazz and wants to pass its lessons and rich heritage to our next generation;  It may be of particular interest to educators (in all disciplines, not just music) who want to participate in Jazz Appreciation Month andJazzApril activities this year,  or who want to integrate jazz and jazz history into their classroom at any time.

You’ll be able to watch live video of our panel (via Google Hangouts on Air) and post your own comments and questions for the panelists. Register now to get viewing information and a reminder. (You’ll also get information on viewing the webinar recording later.)

Please forward this invitation to anyone you know who may be interested.


'Dr. Wes' Watkins Dr. Wesley J. Watkins, IV is the Founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project®(J&D), a music integrated curriculum that uses jazz as a metaphor to bring American democracy to life, enrich the study of U.S. History in elementary, middle, and high school, and inspire youth to become active, positive contributors to their community. J&D has been featured on NPR and elsewhere and Dr. Wes –as his students call him–  put forward the links between jazz and democracy in a TEDx talk.

Sharon BurchSharon Burch is an elementary music teacher and clinician who chairs the international Jazz Education Network Education Committee and  serves as an elementary education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center   She authored the national best-selling interactive Freddie the Frog Book series for teaching music concepts.

Todd StollTodd Stoll is vice president for education of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the largest jazz organization in the world, overseeing programs that touch millions of people from infants to the elderly. He says, “Our ultimate goal is to raise the consciousness of our society thru jazz music. I believe in the power of transformational arts education; that an inspired society can help re-define our social goals and structures beyond that of the mass-produced and marketed, that a national movement to define our culture and make peace with our past can move all Americans towards a better understanding of themselves and the world at large.”

Moderated by JJA President Howard Mandel. 


 TheJazzCruise.comThe 2013-14 JJA online Talking Jazz panels are presented by The Jazz Cruise as part of its Anita E. Berry Jazz Education Fund, with further support from Century Media Partners 



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s