Sorry there was a delay in posting about this last day, but here it is! This was the final day of the workshop. Since this was the very first time the VSO School of Music had a jazz workshop, the organizers realized that this was a successful venture, and decided to offer jazz studies this … More Jazz Day 5 – the performance
This morning, as promised, Jodi brought her friend and mentor Dr. Celeste Snowber to come in and show us what a dancer, poet and educator has to do with jazz. The exercises that we participated in with her seemed strange and artsy (in a hippie kind of way), but the whole point was to show … More Jazz Day 4 – nearing the end
This morning, we met together like we always did. We had learned an short African song on the first day, and sang it again on Day 2. Today, we learned harmonize (SATB), then added body movement. The teachers added percussive instruments and the entire thing sounded amazing! One of the questions that the students asked … More Jazz day 3 – influences
After an overwhelming day 1 fully immersed in jazz, day 2 seemed to go smoother. Everyone knew the schedule and where they were going, and felt more comfortable making friends. The thing that stood out this day was that our combos (we were put into groups with other musicians playing different instruments) really started to … More Jazz Day 2 – cool combos
This is the inaugural year of the Summer Jazz Workshop at the VSO School of Music. The morning began with getting to know each other (there were approx. 50 students there), with 60% high school/young adults and 40% older (ie. over 30). I had no idea who the instructors were, or what they had accomplished … More Jazz Day 1 – workshop begins
About 4 years ago, I told a young student that I was still taking piano lessons, and he was shocked to find out that his piano teacher “didn’t know everything about music”. The fact is teachers must always strive to learn and grow, no matter how many years one as been teaching. That’s why I’ve … More Jazz Piano and dance lessons for me!
“Classical music is not dead”. That’s the thought that came to mind when I arrived at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on July 14 for the 25th Annual Symphony in the Park featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. I was shocked at HOW MANY people there were at the park (estimated 10,000!). The tourist board of … More Classical music is not dead