California public schools are notoriously lacking in funds for adequate arts education. That’s why in 2001 SFJAZZ started the Jazz in the Middle program, which brings music into the language arts classroom. The curriculum, which is based on the artistic connections between language and music, exposes students to the teachings of professional jazz artists and the San Francisco poet laureate. Spark goes into the classrooms to meet students participating in the program as they perform their own poems in collaboration with jazz musicians.

SFJAZZ Jazz in the Middle 10 August,2015Spark

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