Music Changes Lives
Every year thousands of children in Sioux Falls and across the state of South Dakota are inspired by the sounds and stories of jazz and blues music because of SFJB educational programs.
The Jazz & Blues Society's educational programs include the Jazz Diversity Project, the All City Jazz Ensemble, scholarships for middle and high school musicians, free master classes and workshops with concert series artists, free tickets for youth at-risk, and JazzQuest, a free kid's activities area at JazzFest.
Over $20,000 in scholarships have been given to young musicians since 2000.
Through these educational offerings, the organization strives to expose youth to new genres of music with the hope of fostering the development of musical tastes, increasing the appreciation of jazz and blues music and understanding of diverse cultures and United States history.
The Jazz Diversity Project
The Society's newest educational program, the Jazz Diversity Project, is a traveling assembly program that brings live jazz music into middle schools across South Dakota.
The Jazz Diversity Project is an hour-long presentation combining jazz music education with American History the Humanities and Social Science curriculum. A live jazz combo and multi-media presentation bring the music to life.
The presentation begins as students discover the role that jazz music played in the early 1900's leading up through the Civil Rights Movement and into the present day.
If you would like information on how the Jazz Diversity Project can visit your school, please contact the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society office at 605-335-6101.
The Jazz Diversity Project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, the Larson Foundation, Sanford Children's, the South Dakota Humanities Council, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Community Builders, the South Dakota Arts Council, and Sioux Valley Energy.
Past SFJB educational opportunities have included:
The mission of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society is to increase the awareness of jazz and blues music in the Sioux Falls community and region, through music events and education.
- Russell Malone guitar workshop at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater on March 14, 2009.
- Tierney Sutton Band workshop at Washington High School on December 5, 2008.
- Tuck & Patti Q&A at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater on March 7, 2008.
- Acoustic Alchemy pre-concert discussion with jazz scholar and professor Dr. Paul Schilf on February 8, 2008.
- Chris Thomas King workshop/Q&A at Roosevelt High School on November 16, 2007.
- Maria Muldaur vocal workshop at Washington High School on March 13, 2007.
- Post-concert discussion at Touch of Europe following the Jolie Holland concert on January 19, 2007.
- Kevin Mahogany master classes at Roosevelt High School on November 17, 2006.
- Workshop with NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera at the Sioux Falls Historic Orpheum Theater on December 2, 2006.
- Q&A with Karrin Allyson at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater on April 8, 2006.
- Workshop with Doreen's Jazz New Orleans at Lincoln High School, March 23, 2006.
- All City Jazz Ensembles Concert at Kresge Recital Hall, March 21, 2006. Four scholarships were awarded.
- Workshop/Q&A with The Bad Plus at Washington High School, February 3, 2006.
- Workshop with Mike Miller at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theatre, January 14, 2006.
- Workshop with the Hot Club of San Francsico at the Lincoln High School Auditorium, November 4, 2005.
- The Dakota Jazz Collective performed at the Bowden Youth Center, June 4, 2005.
- All City Jazz Ensembles Recital at Kresge Recital Hall, March 22, 2005. Seven scholarships were awarded.
- Workshop/Q&A with Connie Evingson. Sioux Falls Orpheum Theatre, March 18, 2005.
- Pre-concert discussion "The Crooners" with Dr. Rick Crawley from South Dakota State University. Washington Pavilion, February 17, 2005.
- Q&A for high school and college students with Dianne Reeves in the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion, October 8, 2004.
- The Sioux Falls High School All City Jazz Ensemble concert at Kresge Recital Hall on April 1, 2004. Six scholarship winners were awarded.
- The Sioux Falls High School All City Jazz Ensemble performance opening for the Joyce Cooling Group - March 27, 2004.
- The Sioux Falls High School All City Jazz Ensemble performance in support of the Blind Boys of Alabama - April 25, 2003.
- A workshop with Jane Monheit at Kresge Recital Hall on April 11, 2003.
- A workshop with Butch Thompson at the Orpheum Theatre on January 4, 2003.
- A workshop with Patricia Barber at Kresge Recital Hall on the Augustana campus in 2002.
- Two workshops for middle school music students with Arturo Sandoval at the Schulte Room in the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in 2002.
- A Q&A session with Terence Blanchard at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in 1999.
- The Dolphins at Augustana's Kresge Recital Hall in 1996.
Here are some links with more jazz and blues education ideas:
NEA Jazz in the Schools
Jazz Appreciation Month
PBS Jazz Kids
Thelonious Monk Institute
Jazz at Lincoln Center
International Association for Jazz Education
International Association of Schools of Jazz
JazzTimes Education Guide
The National Association for Music Educators