This week, Hastings Middle Schoolers discovered the inner workings of what makes Jazz music tick!
And a good time was had by all.
Through active listening and practice, students discovered the many structures of jazz standards and how
Music is Math
Music is Architecture
The 3-C's of good music making
And above all, that Music is... FUN!
Closing Concert Jamboree
Baptism by fire
After just a few short days of rehearsal and preparation, the school's 3 choir groups joined Keri on stage to sing a couple of tailor made compositions — "Dues du Blues" and the "Sol-Fa Blues"— Giving them a taste, in real time, of the freedom and flexibility that comes with understanding "The Architecture of Jazz" (aka form and structure).
The Team that makes the Dream
And EXTRA extra special thanks to the dynamic duo of full-time music educators that continue to inspire and enlighten these kids on a daily basis — Lacey Franzen & Drew Pennington — and to accompanist Mary Plonk (who also took all of these wonderful photos for us!).