Thematic Units

TAP IS MUSIC… Jus’LisTeN

TAP IS MUSIC… Jus’LisTeN

In this program, veteran Chicago tap dancer, choreographer and entertainer Tré Dumas and members of his professional tap ensemble Jus’LisTeN will introduce students to the art of tap dance. Through video clips of pioneers past and present, live performance and interactive discussion, the history of this uniquely American art form will be explored. Students will view pieces to several differe... Read More »

Woodwinds: Bringing It All Together

Woodwinds: Bringing It All Together

Join the “Sapphire Winds” woodwind quintet as they take an interactive musical tour across the World. Students will hear European Classical Music, Songs and Dances from Latin America, and Folk music from Egypt, Russia and the United States, all accompanied by pictures and maps. Quintet members will engage the students in dialogue about the music and the instruments. They will explain t... Read More »

Tsukasa Taiko

Tsukasa Taiko

Under the direction of prominent musician Tatsu Aoki, “Tsukasa Taiko” is one of the leading Taiko (Japanese drumming) programs in the Midwest. “Tsukasa Taiko’s” mission is to preserve and pass on the traditional concepts of Taiko as a cultural legacy and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the Taiko form. Dedicated to strengthening the Chicago Japanese... Read More »

Siete Mares: A Survey of Latin Musical Styles

Siete Mares: A Survey of Latin Musical Styles

From Jalisco, Mexico to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; from Miami to New York City, students will aurally taste the rich cuisine of Latin music as presented by world renowned percussionist, Geraldo de Oliveira. They will hear culture in the languages, see culture in visual art and experience culture in the emotional essence of rhythm. By the end of their experience, students will be able... Read More »

Hand Bell Choir: Quadrille

Hand Bell Choir: Quadrille

An inspirational expression of music in the skill of “Hand Bell” ringing, Quadrille is a group of professional ‘Ringers’ who have performed throughout Europe and the United States.  They have served as workshop presenters at numerous ‘Hand Bell’ events across the country and have performed with many professional music organizations and artists throughout Chicagoland.  They were feature... Read More »

Primavera Players: Imagining Possibilities Through Classical Music

Primavera Players: Imagining Possibilities Through Classical Music

Primavera Players is an ethnically diverse flute and string quartet based in Chicago. The ensemble is comprised of classically trained, professional musicians who personally know the power music has to transform lives. We believe that a broad range of accessible, beautiful music is vital in introducing a young audience to the magic of this art form. Familiar melodies such as “Morning Mood... Read More »

Pop Music: Ol’ Skool

Pop Music: Ol’ Skool

The Great American Songbook represents the best American songs of the 20th century. Derived mostly from Broadway theatre, musical theatre and Hollywood musicals from 1920 to 1960, the Great American Songbook includes dozens of songs of enduring popularity that are still recorded and performed today as jazz standards and used in contemporary media. Lesley Picchietti has a timeless vocal sound, alte... Read More »

Mr. Barker and the Zoopremes

Mr. Barker and the Zoopremes

Ron Barker (Mr. Barker), a twenty-five year educator with Chicago Public Schools and a master storyteller, has written a children’s book entitled,Mr. Barker & the Zoopremes in the Imaginary Zoo (go to www.zoopremes.com). It’s a fun and educational story about crazy-colored zoo animals that form a band called the Zoopremes. Through lifelike sound effects, original music and plenty o... Read More »

Legacy: Our Wealth of Music

Legacy: Our Wealth of Music

An oral presentation in the great storyteller tradition in which Chicago veteran entertainer, Maggie Brown sings and narrates the history and evolution of African American music. This dynamic musical performance educates students and teachers alike. Maggie engages her audience with a narrative lesson in African American music history. She also uses songs to demonstrate the various genres which hav... Read More »

‘It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing’: A Musical Portrait of Jazz and America

‘It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing’: A Musical Portrait of Jazz and America

In this entertaining yet informative presentation, students will experience United States history through the eyes of Jazz. Students will learn the connection between music and time and see the thread of creativity that permeates our society. Read More »

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