Thematic Units

African Explosion: Traditional West African Drumming and Dance

African Explosion: Traditional West African Drumming and Dance

[image url=”wp-content/uploads/african-explosion_USE.jpg” width=”570″ height=”250″ alt=”African Explosion Ka Bonya is a Malinke term from West Africa meaning, “To Respect”. This program promotes the understanding and appreciation of ancient cultural music and dance of the African Diaspora. Throu... Read More »

Amadeus: Classical Genius Meets the 21st Century

Amadeus: Classical Genius Meets the 21st Century

In Amadeus! the lives and music of classical composers are presented in a modern day presentation that reveals the significance and importance of their work. Students will learn the elements of music and the use of standard notation devices. They will also discover the importance of written versus oral traditions. Students will be able to compare a... Read More »

Brass Works

Brass Works

Featuring a versatile group of artists performing a wide repertoire of musical selections, Brass Works is comprised of highly sought-after instrumentalists who have appeared with the Lyric Opera, Grank Park and Ravinia Festival Orchestras, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In addition, its members’ talents are featured in ... Read More »

Diaspora: From Lali to Rap:The African Musical Influences in the Americas

Diaspora: From Lali to Rap:
The African Musical Influences in the Americas

Using basic themes of communication, leadership and community, Diaspora! will lead students on a journey from the coasts of Africa to the in-lands of America. Students will learn about the aesthetics of work and the principles of survival as they are presented in the American slavery experience. Methods of communication and story telling are explor... Read More »

Guitars ‘N Jazz

Guitars ‘N Jazz

This program will demonstrate, through visual and musical examples, different ways the guitar has been used in Jazz and how the instrument changed to accommodate the changes in the music.  Students will see and hear various guitars, including the banjo, and be exposed to the basic structural aspects of this instrument. Students will also learn abou... Read More »

Hip Hop & The DJ:‘One Man Band’ with DJ Phantom

Hip Hop & The DJ:
‘One Man Band’ with DJ Phantom

One of the most popular Mixologist in Chicago, DJ Phantom, will discuss the Evolution of Hip Hop and its influences on American culture. Students will learn the influences of Hip Hop on the DJ and it has changed from inception to the 21st Century. Presenter will also discuss “having a career as a Mixologist.” Through live demonstrations... Read More »

History of the Guitar

History of the Guitar

Professional guitarists Andrew Pratt and Dan Effland will facilitate a discussion and demonstration of one of the world’s most popular instruments, the Guitar.  Participants will see and hear multiple sounds made by various guitars, such as the electric guitar, the steel string acoustic guitar, the nylon string guitar, the banjo and more.  Presente... 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 »

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... 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 l... 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. ... 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... 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 ... 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 ... 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 for... 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 ... Read More »

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 expl... Read More »