The Art of Jazz “Jazzinars” at Bemis School of Art were a profound gas!
When pianist composer Henry Mancini wrote music for the 1960’s Television detective series Peter Gunn, one of the songs was titled “Profound Gas.” (a very cool tune, by the way.) Back then, those who were hip described anything that was pleasing or exciting as “it’s a gas.” A profound gas then would be something exciting, deep and intense!
Our recent “The Art Of Jazz seminar series at Bemis School of Art! was definitely a profound gas and, Bemis has asked us to do another series starting October 1 . What made our “jazzinars” at Bemis exciting, deep and intense and why should you care?
As a music lover and supporter of jazz and the arts, you will be happy to know that our seminars are making a big difference. The Art Of Jazz launched it’s first “jazzinars” in 2011 with a purpose of attracting more people to jazz and to increasing people’s enjoyment of the art. Those sessions ran for a year and a half and were a fun success. This year our seminar series became the first jazz appreciation course ever offered at Bemis School of Art. Here’s some highlights.:
- Our pre-course survey indicated 50% of those that participated were “new to jazz” and the other half were “experienced jazz fans.”
- Our post-course survey asked participants to rate their experience and results on a scale of 10 with 10 as very much or excellent.
- Participants rated their seminar experience an average of 9.8 on a scale of 10.
- Participants said that the degree to which the seminar increased their ability to enjoy jazz was an average 9.6 of 10.
- Both newbies and experienced jazz fans reported greatly improved their enjoyment of jazz!
What made the learning experience so deep and satisfying was the use of streaming media with intimate conversation about the music and about ourselves. Participants all got a Spotify account and we used live streaming of Spotify in the classroom sessions. That enabled more personal learning assignments and gave us the the ability to listen together, stop to discuss and then restart.
When the participants attended the live Jazz Soirée that was part of the course they completed additional listening assignments which we discussed at the next class session. The conversations that triggered were profound!
On October 1 2014 TAOJ will start the next jazzinar series called Engage Jazz and it promises to transform your ability to enjoy jazz. Whether you are a newbie or an old pro please consider joking us for Engage Jazz.