Music education for K-3
Here at Second Line Arts Collective, we understand that love and appreciation for music begins early. For many, our first musical memories take place in our homes, set to our parents' favorite tunes or perhaps the theme songs from our favorite cartoons. If you're from New Orleans, these memories might involve the sights and sounds of musicians stomping down the parade route. These nostalgic memories inspired us to create Little Stompers. Through this program, we hope to inspire the next generation of active listeners, musicians, and dancers. This semester, we will feature the music and culture of New Orleans in both live and pre-recorded formats. Students who enroll in our classes will learn to recognize the four families of instruments and learn to clap and identify basic rhythms. We will also explore the significance of some historical locations in New Orleans, like Congo Square, and how they've changed American music and history. From Congo Square, we will dance and sing to the sounds of artists like The Meters, Fats Domino, and Ellis Marsalis. New Orleans is a magical place full of music and musicians who have shaped the sounds of soul, funk, gospel, blues, and traditional music. Your little stomper will have exposure to all of these sounds and concepts if you decide to join our second line.
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Our classes are staffed with teaching artists that have three years of experience or more in live and remote education. In addition to access to world-class educators, you will also have access to supplemental videos, literature and crafts that can be accessed before our artists interact with your child. These tools will help you prepare your child for our programming.
As an educator Milton Suggs has been teaching both piano and voice over the past 10 years in addition to teaching general music lessons in both public schools and private music institutions. Suggs believes that a well rounded music education should focus not only on the technical and theoretical aspects of sound production, but should also focus on the wider ranging cultural aspects and lived experiences of the people from which music is created. By doing so we not only develop better musicians, but better humans.
Presently, Milton Suggs continues to blaze a trail as a vocalist, composer, and educator touring throughout the world as both a sideman and leader, embracing each opportunity to explore new creative terrain and further the legacy left by his predecessors.
Michael Watson entered into a family of music lovers and legacies in 1985 in Canton, Ohio. From the time he picked up the trombone in 1994 to the time he went toCuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio he had played in four All State JazzBands, The Grammy Jazz Ensemble with the top twenty-four high school musicians in the world at the 2003 Grammy Awards, and the Tri-C All Star Jazz band at the Tri-C Jazz Festival. In 2006, when his service in the U.S. Marine Corps brought him to New Orleans, he became actively involved in the city and it's vibrant live music scene.
As an Educator, Meyerson has worked with Bandleader and Drummer LaFrae Sci at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as part of the "Jazz For young people" program, preforming in schools around the NY area, "The Jazz Drama Program" Directed by Eli Yamin bringing Jazz, Dance and Theater
to the youth. Adi also teaches at "Jazz House Kids" as part of their yearly "Chica Power" Residensy.
In December 2017, She had a chance to travel to Guatemala to teach in the Quezaltinango international Jazz camp along side local and American professors.
Meyerson was selected to participate in the prestigious "Stanford Jazz Workshop Mentor Fellow 2018-2019" Program, learning new teaching techniques and eventually joining the SJW faculty and preforming at the Stanford Jazz Festival.