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Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

AMERICAN MUSIC: TONALITY, TRADITION, AND INNOVATION

The 20th century was a time of experimentation and development across all art forms. We can see this in the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock, the pop art of Andy Warhol, and the avant-garde dance of Merce Cunningham. Similarly, American music shifted its focus from its folk roots to acoustic experimentation. This program explores how legendary American composers, including Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, lay the foundations for the techniques adopted by experimental composers such as Henry Cowell and John Cage. An MSM teaching artist helps uncover a range of social influences that sparked this movement, which has influenced the current trend of fusion between music, visual arts, and/or dance. Students will observe the performance of live extended instrumental techniques and will also create their own pieces involving new auditory possibilities. An intensive interactive program designed to inspire students to explore new artistic possibilities.

Request this program   $200.00


American Voices: Song and Citizenship in the U.S.A.

What do the songs and music you listen to say about you? What does a musical artist’s music say about themselves? Join MSM Distance Learning for “American Voices: Song and Citizenship in the U.S.A.” in which we explore American song throughout the 20th century, and how songwriters have used their music to foster social change or promote American cultural and national identity, within the backdrop of major political and cultural movements of the 20th Century, including the Gilded Age, Progressivism, WWII, the Civil Rights Era, and Globalism. Live and historic performances ranging from Bel Canto Opera, New Orleans Jazz, Gospel, and Pop Music will be presented in this not-to-miss exploration of American culture as seen through the lens of history and music.

Request this program   $250.00


AMERICAN VOICES: SONG AND CITIZENSHIP IN THE USA

What do the songs and music you listen to say about you? What does a musical artist’s music say about themselves? Join MSM Distance Learning for “American Voices: Song and Citizenship in the U.S.A.” in which we explore American song throughout the 20th century, and how songwriters have used their music to foster social change or promote American cultural and national identity. Within the backdrop of major political and cultural movements of the 20th Century, including the Gilded Age, Progressivism, WWII, the Civil Rights Era, and Globalism. Live and historic performances ranging from Bel Canto Opera, New Orleans Jazz, Gospel, and Pop Music, this program will be presented in this not-to-miss exploration of American culture as seen through the lens of history and music.

Request this program   $220.00


BROADWAY BABIES: A JAZZY LOOK AT BROADWAY

Join our musicians on an exciting virtual field trip as they take you from the Follies to the present day, highlighting the incredible jazz numbers that have been featured on the Great White Way. Learn how the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter, and other hit makers came to create their unforgettable shows -- what were their inspirations? How was their music affected by what was going on around them during the time? This is a great in-depth look at the history of jazz on Broadway!

Request this program   $300.00


BROADWAY BABIES: A JAZZY LOOK AT BROADWAY

Join our musicians on an exciting virtual field trip as they perform jazz numbers from the Ziegfeld Follies to the present day on the Great White Way. Learn how the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter, and other famous musical hit makers came to create their unforgettable shows. What were their inspirations? How was their music affected by what was going on around them during the time? A wonderful in-depth look at the history of jazz on Broadway.

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DUKE ELLINGTON: AMERICA’S COMPOSER

Regarded as one of America’s most prolific and important composers, Duke Ellington formed an important cornerstone in the foundation of American music. Join an MSM teaching artist jazz trio as they lead students on an interactive exploration of his life and times. Students will listen to live performances of his incomparable music, learn about his legendary band, and discover new and exciting facts about the man himself.

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FIESTA! MUSIC AND CULTURE OF SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA

Travel with MSM teaching artist Ana Garcia in this one or two-session cultural journey through Spain and/or Latin America. We’ll explore the historic Iberian Peninsula, let loose at Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, and Tango ‘til morning in a smoky Buenos Aires nightclub. As young scholars, students will examine the fiesta’s historical significance in Latin culture through an interactive, analytic study of music, dance, poetry, history, and literature and apply what they learn to discover how leading ‘nationalist’ composers recreated their culture’s ¡Fiesta! inside the concert hall. Schedule in English, Spanish, or both. This class is designed for high schools students in a variety of class disciplines, including history, language arts, Spanish language classes, and music.

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From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying Our American Experience through Song

What do a Founding Father, the Pacific Theater of WWII, and a mid-century Puerto Rican street gang all have in common? Find out in MSM Distance Learning’s “From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying Our American Experience through Song.” In this night on the town, we’ll take a trip on NYC’s “Great White Way” where we’ll examine three preeminent American musicals, Richard Roger’s South Pacific, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton. Evaluating the historical context and socio-cultural issues in each musical, students will tackle the overt and underlying themes as a means to reflecting on their own cultural and personal identities. In addition to live performance by an MSM DL Teaching Artist, students will collaboratively compose and perform their own historical rap! Join us and discover what makes the American Musical a defining part of American culture and identity.

Request this program   $250.00


FROM HAMILTON TO WEST SIDE STORY: IDENTIFYING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH SONG

What do a Founding Father, the Pacific Theater of WWII, and a mid-century Puerto Rican street gang all have in common? Find out in MSM Distance Learning’s “From Hamilton to West Side Story: Identifying the American Experience through Song.” In this night on the town, we’ll take a trip on the “Great White Way” where we’ll examine three preeminent American musicals, Richard Roger’s South Pacific, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton. Evaluating the historical context and socio-cultural issues in each musical, students will tackle the overt and underlying themes as a means to reflecting on their own cultural and personal identities. In addition to live performance by an MSM teaching artist, students will collaboratively compose and perform their own historical rap! Join us and discover what makes the American Musical a defining part of American culture and identity.

Request this program   $200.00


JAZZ’S BIGGEST HITS: FROM THE CHARLESTON TO HERBIE HANCOCK

Take a trip through history as you rediscover jazz’s greatest hits. Join our teaching artist trio on a whirlwind musical voyage from the 1920s to the present day. Hear familiar tunes and learn the stories behind these unforgettable favorites. Who wrote them and why? How did they become so well known? A toe-tapping journey that is both enlightening and entertaining!

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JAZZY THEMES: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN EXPERIMENTATION WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC'S MOST POPULAR THEMES

How is Oscar Peterson like Claude Debussy? What did Jelly Roll Morton learn from Johann Sebastian Bach? Our teaching artists explore these very questions as they show you how some of history's greatest jazz musicians have been influenced by Classical masters. Though they seem worlds apart, many jazz tunes are based on concepts from the Classical world -- help our musicians identify themes, patterns, and rhythms from select pieces, both Classical and Jazz favorites. This is truly a presentation that crosses stylistic divides

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LATIN JAZZ: THE SPANISH TINGE

Have you ever wanted to know about the rhythms behind the merengue, salsa, cha cha cha, or mambo? Here’s your chance to learn the beats of your favorite dance music while our talented teaching artist trio turn you into Latin jazz experts. This interactive program discusses the musical and cultural origins that make this style of jazz so distinctive. A toe-tapping exploration of this irresistible style!

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MUSIC AND LITERATURE: HOW THE TWO ARTS MEET

Join an MSM teaching artist as they lead a lively discussion designed to engage middle-school students, comparing literary examples such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels with classical composers of the 19th century. Students examine song settings and programmatic pieces and with guided help, will learn to recognize poetry within the music. Preliminary questions and texts are given in advance as a starting point for this innovative exploration of the connection between language and music.

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Music and Nationalism: Sounds of Change

What do Wagner and Grieg have to do with nationalistic uprisings in 19th century Europe? Pianist and educator Taisiya Pushkar leads an interactive examination of this important historical period, drawing interdisciplinary connections between musical, social, and political developments of the time. Students will learn about the nationalistic trajectories in several European countries, through live musical performance, multimedia presentation and discussion. Students will be encouraged to develop their analytical skills by examining music examples and discussing their own sense of nationalism. This is a fascinating conversation for history and music

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MUSIC AND NATIONALISM: SOUNDS OF CHANGE

Join an MSM teaching artist as they trace the emergence of nationalism during the 19th century in four different countries: Germany, Finland, Norway, and Czechoslovakia. This program explores where the need for nationalistic music originated, what conditions cultivated the artist as an agent of social change, and what world changes occurred through composers’ work. Through live performance as well as video and audio clips, an MSM teaching artist describes the conditions that led to the development of nationalism in each country and defines the elements that make up nationalistic music. Students will be encouraged to develop their analytical skills by examining the music examples and discussing their own sense of nationalism. This program offers a unique connection to world history and national identity through music performance and discussion.

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Music of the Big Band Area

Join us for an entertaining program where our musicians show you how to swing! Find out what a standard jazz big band looks and sounds like, learn about each instrument’s role in the group, and discover the “Swing feel.” Then, get a good look at the anatomy of a big band tune – you’ll even get to help our teaching artist trio compose one on the spot!

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Music of the Cold War

At a time when two nations competed on all fronts to assert their superiority, music was on the front line. Teaching artist Taisiya Pushkar explores the ways in which music defined the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, from government propaganda to dissenting critiques of the times - with live performance, rare news footage and engaging discussion. A fascinating look into history through music!

Request this program   $250.00


Music of the Cold War

At a time when two nations competed on all fronts to assert their superiority, music was on the front line. With live performance, rare news footage, and engaging discussion, an MSM teaching artist explores the ways in which music defined the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, from government propaganda to dissenting critiques of the times. A fascinating look into history through music!

Request this program   $200.00


RAT PACK FAVORITES: MUSIC FROM FRANK, SAMMY, AND ALL THEIR PALS

Everyone knows the Rat Pack -- they were the ultimate in cool back in the day. But just how did this random group of musicians and actors become the inimitable Rat Pack? What songs do you identify with each member? How did the events of the day make them stars? Help Michael and his group as they discover and explore these iconic superstars and their memorable hits.

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STORY OF A COMPOSER: GEORGE GERSHWIN

Now free from "The Great War", the 1920s saw the nation able to develop its own rich culture. Major cities became centers for innovation in music, shunning European classicism for a freedom that was strictly American. It was out of this ideal that the most famous of our composers, George Gershwin, emerged. An MSM teaching artist will describe the historical and social contexts of his compositions and guide students to discover the features of classical and jazz idioms he incorporated into his musical scores. A creative opportunity for students to use their critical thinking skills, with live performance and analysis of Gershwin’s best-known works, including Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.

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THE 1940S: THE BIG BAND ERA

Come along as our musicians show you how to swing! Find out what a standard jazz big band looks like, learn about each instrument's role in the group, and discover what the "swing feel" is. Then, get a good look at the anatomy of a big band tune -- you’ll even get to help Michael and his trio compose one on the spot! Length of Program: 45 minutes or one regular class period.

Request this program   $300.00


THE BIGGEST HITS IN JAZZ: FROM THE CHARLESTON TO HERBIE HANCOCK

Take a trip through history as you rediscover jazz's greatest hits! Join our teaching artists on a whirlwind musical voyage as they take you from the 1920s to the present day. Hear familiar tunes and learn the stories behind these unforgettable favorites -- who wrote them and why? How did they become so well known? This is a real journey through time!

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THE JAZZ COMPOSER

Join our teaching artists as they discuss the unique musical approaches of four different jazz composers: Billy Strayhorn, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Wayne Shorter. Discover interesting details of their education, careers, and influences and enjoy live performances of some of their greatest compositions. An informative look into a variety of musical techniques and personal style.

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THE MUSIC OF WORLD WAR II: SONGS OF HOPE AND LOVE

Learn about the historical and cultural circumstances behind some of the best-known and most-loved songs from the World War II era. How were the composers able to write such beautiful tunes during times of such hardship? What stories lie beneath each song? This is a great way to get behind the music!

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THE MUSIC OF WORLD WAR II: SONGS OF HOPE AND LOVE

Learn about the historical and cultural circumstances behind some of the best-known and most-loved songs from the World War II era. How were the composers able to write such beautiful tunes during times of such upheaval and hardship? What stories lie beneath each song? Uncover the chronicles of this memorable era of music from the 20th century

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