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Jazz Goes to School Returns to Eagle County Schools This Week

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The Vail Jazz Foundation’s ‘Jazz Goes to School’ musical education program for fourth and fifth graders returns to Eagle County elementary schools today through Thursday. This innovative approach to teaching jazz music and social studies will reach over 1,000 students during the 2008/09 school year. The program, which is in its 11th year, is designed to educate students about America’s own music form — jazz — and its role in our country’s history, and to foster an appreciation of jazz music among young people.

“This first unit wets the whistle for the kids, since we talk about where jazz came from — both geographically and musically,” said Tony Gulizia, who heads up the program for the Vail Jazz Foundation. “Elements of jazz are explored, from its African and European roots to today’s music. The kids really dig the different percussion instruments we present, and they begin to understand the role they play in jazz forms from swing to funk to bebop.”

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