“The function of freedom is to free someone else.” ― Toni Morrison
Hello AWT! My name is Judette Elliston, I’m a vocalist, pianist, and teacher whose love of music is rooted in jazz. One of the things I love even more than playing jazz is teaching people about jazz, hence this course!
In “Unsung: The Hidden Voices In Jazz” we will study and celebrate the lives of jazz musicians from marginalized communities who have been overlooked throughout history. Throughout the course we will explore topics such as race, gender, and social justice within the context of jazz history. Each class we will have group discussions, learn about one new artist and learn how to sing/play one of their songs. This course is for any music lover or musician (yes vocalists are musicians too!) who is interested in expanding their knowledge of jazz.
My hope is that you will come out of this course knowing that jazz music and jazz musicians do not have to look, sound, or be a certain way. Musical legacies are not meant to confine you but rather guide you to express your own artistic voice uninhibited.
Week One: Who Decides What Jazz Is?
Week Two: “The Mother of Us All” – The Blues Roots of Jazz
Week Three: The Gendering of Musical Instruments
Week Four: Vocalists & The Evolution of Jazz
Week Five: All-Female Big Bands of The 40s and Beyond
Week Six: Queer Legacies in Jazz
Week Seven: The Art of The Protest Song
Week Eight: Multiculturalism in Jazz
Pay What You Can Options
If the $200 tuition is not within your budget, please consider one of our Pay What You Can options ($150 and $100 for this course). We are also offering financial assistance for even lower tuition rates (see below). Our ability to offer this program with affordable options is contingent on those with the ability to pay full tuition choosing that option. If we do not have enough full priced tuition participants, this may result in cancelling the program.
Apply for financial assistance for this program >> Applications are due May 5.
AWT You(niversity) tuition is completely non-refundable for any reason whatsoever. Participants who withdraw from a program more than seven (7) days prior to their first class may transfer tuition toward a future program within one calendar year from the start of the initial program purchased. Participants who withdraw within seven (7) days from their first class are not eligible for a refund of any kind, will not be able to transfer tuition towards a future program, and are responsible for the full tuition amount regardless of how many monthly payments have incurred at the time of withdrawal.