Litchfield’s “Teach the Teacher” Program Debuts this Summer

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Developed by the Litchfield Jazz Camp to help music teachers educate their students about the American history and traditions of jazz, the “Teach the Teacher” workshop will premiere this summer at the Kent School in Kent, Conn. The class will run from July 20 – 21 and costs $250 for teachers and $200 for undergraduate music education students.

Teach the Teacher will be led by saxophonist, composer and educator Don Braden, who also serves as the camp’s Music Director. The goal is to help music teachers take their jazz ensembles to a higher performance level, or to create a jazz ensemble if one does not currently exist within the school. Teachers who participate in the workshop also may be eligible to earn Professional Development points or credits.

Other instructors include baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, drummer Alvin Atkinson, trombonist Peter McEachern, pianist Helen Sung and alto saxophonist Kris Allen. The two-day program was created for all levels of music instruction, from beginner to advanced. Teachers will be given the tools to lead their own students toward developing clear goals for their musical expression, improving rhythm, enhancing basic piano skills, blending into an ensemble setting, and many more useful skills.

The Litchfield Performing Arts organization holds weekly camp sessions at the Kent School from July 11 – August 6, which is directly followed by the weekend-long Litchfield Jazz Festival.

Classes run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days, with a concert at 7:15 p.m. the first evening. Participants can stay the night at the Kent School for a fee of $78 per person, which includes some meals. Meals for commuters are $13 each. For more information visit Litchfield Jazz Camp.