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Singing Bernstein’s A SIMPLE SONG with SPIRIT Improv

April 23, 2010

Bert Konowitz, the leader of this ensemble of improv musicians, has so graciously invited me to perform Bernstein’s A Simple Song on this evening of music.

SPIRIT Improv Concert at Columbia University Teachers College 29april2010 Lisa Daehlin singing A Simple Song from Bernstein's MassThe Future of Improvisation in School Music Education Panel & SPIRIT Improv Ensemble Concert
Thursday, April 29
Teachers College Milbank Chapel

Panel – 6:30-7:30pm
DR. STEVEN SCHOPP, Executive Director of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)
JEREMY HEPNER, Jazz Guitarist & Vice President of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) – Canada
ELI YALIM, Head of Instruction, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Middle School Jazz Academy; Artistic Director, Jazz Drama Program

In the fifteen years since improvising was designated a national standard for music education in the U.S., arguably much or little has changed–depending on who you talk to. This panel asks the question of what those changes, regarding the broad range of improvisational practices, might and should be for K-12 education. Panelists will speak in response to current developments in commercial culture, technology, globalization, and education reform.

Performance – 7:30pm
DR. BERT KONOWITZ, Director
The TC Spirit Improv Ensemble with special-guest singers from the Music & Music Ed program will be performing “Sounds of America,” a program including works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stephen Sondheim.

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