LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The Lock Haven University Jazz Ensemble will be joined by local elementary school students in an end-of-term concert on Saturday, May 1. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Price Performance Center. The public is warmly invited to attend this free event.
Taking part in the concert will be elementary school students from local schools who study with Teresa Poole. Approximately 14 students will take part. Last weekend, the Jazz Ensemble held the first of two workshops with the young players, teaching them to improvise. LHU music students assisted in the workshop.
Jazz musician Eddie Severn, assistant professor of music, often speaks of “the language of jazz,” and says that young musicians should learn jazz the way they learn to speak a language. “You learn a word, then another word, then another word, and then, later on you can make sense of it.” To learn jazz improvisation, young musicians have to “use their ears” and play along.
Severn describes the first workshop was a “huge success” and is looking forward to the second workshop, which will be 3:00 on Saturday, May 1. The concert will follow at 7:30.