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Swing into Spring with Stories, Games and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!)

  • NYU Steinhardt 35 West 4th Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Presented by Sharon Burch, Author of the Freddie the Frog series and
the Jazz for Young People lessons from Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Shortcuts and teaching tips to save you time while keeping kids engaged and bouncing out the door with a swingin’ beat

Everyone that registers ahead of time will receive a FREE Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night storybook and Freddie the Frog plush toy, plus FREE step-by-step lesson slides used that day.


10:00am-11:00am Stress-free Teaching and having Fun!
Experience how a puppet, stories, singing, movement and interactive games transforms your teaching experience. You'll feel guilty that you get paid to play all day! Sharon Burch, music specialist and creator of the Freddie the Frog books, will share strategies that make teaching music easy and fun!

11:00am-12:00pm Music, Math, and Popsicle Sticks
Learn how to sequence singing games, mystery songs, and Popsicle stick lessons to teach math while teaching music making the mental cogs turn while having fun! Kids learn and they don't even know it! Easy assessment included.

1:00pm-2:00pm Scat Singing for Kids with the 12-Bar Blues
Introduce kids to jazz through scat singing for the classroom or choral setting. Scat singing is the easiest way for kids to begin developing their jazz chops, but singing non-sense syllables as a soloist can be unnerving. Inhibitions disappear when using a Freddie the Frog story to introduce kids to scat singing, and then extend the learning with 12 steps including group echo scatting, flashcard instruction, scatting partners, and classroom rhythm instruments. Simplify for kindergarten or use all 12 steps for an introduction to scat singing for middle school or high school choirs.

2:00pm-3:00pm Jazz for Young People - Now What?
So now you have the Jazz for Young People Volume 1 Teacher's Guide, now what? An education consultant for JALC, Sharon will lead you through interactive lessons from Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz for Young People resource, making it easy to do with your students the next day! The interactive jazz lessons are created with the content of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center (JALC) recordings. Students play pitched and unpitched instruments along with great jazz standards of New Orleans jazz and the recordings of JALC artists. Designed for teachers who may or may not be trained in America’s art form, making jazz accessible to everyone. Interactive jazz theory incorporating 21st Century Skills. Grades 2-8 general music and used by directors of beginning jazz ensembles at every level.


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Sharon Burch serves as an elementary education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center and chairs the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Education Committee, receiving the President’s Service Award. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music, a certified teacher with the International Piano Teaching Foundation, and holds a master’s degree as a Professional Educator. She’s the bestselling author of the Freddie the Frog Book series, teaching resources, musicals and jazz education teaching strategies for the classroom setting.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students.

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**Registration is nonrefundable**

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Earlier Event: March 29
NYC High School Honors Music Festival