Students learn from, play with jazz masters at CPS Summer Jazz Academy at Taft I.T. High School
Jazz is all about spurring spontaneous interaction, sounds and learning. For 40 CPS students entering grades 6-11, two weeks of their summer vacation were spent becoming aspiring jazz musicians through interaction, sounds and learning at the 2017 CPS Summer Jazz Academy, held at Taft I.T. High School.
The Summer Jazz Academy’s creator and director, Dr. Isidore Rudnick, wrote curriculum that covered elements of jazz improvisation, performance, jazz history and music theory, and provided ample opportunities for students to play and collaborate. Dr. Rudnick, also CPS’ Fine Arts Curriculum Manager, brought in some of the region’s finest professional musicians to teach and play with the students.