"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly



Awhile ago, I wrote about a great idea from Dudecraft--one of my favorite sites. (www.dudecraft.com) Paul Overton (the 'dude' behind Dudecraft) came up with a great way to make gift tags that look like little record albums. (Here's the link, in case you want to make them yourself--it's easy: http://www.dudecraft.com/2009/12/how-to-mini-lp-record-gift-tags.html)

So, we took the idea and applied it to the classroom. Each young jazz musician in 4th and 5th grade chose a Swing music era musician, wrote album notes about why they're recommend this artist's music to a friend, and then created album cover art.

Meanwhile, they listened to a LOT of jazz.

Here's some of the results. We put everything on display at our Kids' Cabaret. What a blast--thank you, Paul!

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