NYU Washington, DC and DC Jazz Festival presented NYU Steinhardt School Jazz Studies Director, Dr. Dave Schroeder's Blues Harp Workshop. Dr. Schroeder guided 4th graders from area DC Public Schools through an engaging and interactive lesson on the history of blues music and the blues harp. Students in attendance received their very own blues harp.
Jazzin' InSchool is the newest addition to the DC Jazz Festival Education programs and introduced DC elementary school students to the rich legacy and culture of jazz.
As Director of the Jazz Studies Program at NYU Steinhardt, Dr. Schroeder’s mission is to create a musical environment for his students that offer total emersion into the jazz culture.
Since 2001, he has been the musical director for Combo Nuvo, an eclectic ensemble that combines influences ranging from jazz and classical to blues and world music where he performs on the blues and chromatic harmonics, saxophones, clarinets, flutes and the Mongolian Ever Buree. The group has toured internationally and has been featured with the Costa Rica National Symphony, the United Arab Emirates Philharmonic in Abu Dhabi and the Mongolian National Symphony. In addition to his own group, he has performed and/or recorded with a wide array of artists including Teo Macero, Larry Coryell, Airto Moreira, Oscar Cartro-Neves, Don Friedman and Kenny Werner. Schroeder is the creator and host of the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Interview Series on YouTube.
Schroeder has inspired thousands of youths with his blues harp workshops held around the world. His workshops have been presented in the Czech Republic, China, Mongolia, Guatemala, Peru, France, Italy and Australia among other locations. Music is an international language that can be easily accessed through the blues tradition and with the simplest of all folk instruments, the blues harp.
Jazzin’ InSchool includes a music appreciation component with insightful jazz history trivia and an interactive, beginner’s approach to learning improvisation. Students will examine jazz’s societal relevance and its connection to significant musical and historical milestones.
From field hollers and Dizzy Gillespie to Stevie Wonder and contemporary music, students are guided on a musical journey of jazz and blues. In partnership with Tyler Elementary School and Bishop Walker School for Boys, Jazzin' InSchool is presented weekly.
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