L-Way North music teacher attends jazz program
August 29, 2013 2:08PM
Lincoln-Way North High School music teacher Kirk Hickman (right) is with Michigan State University professor Reggie Thomas (left), a professor at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Band Director Academy. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:02AM
Kirk Hickman, music teacher for Lincoln-Way North High School, participated in a four-day elite program, “Jazz at Lincoln Center,” in New York City.
Hickman is the director of the marching band, summer band and jazz band.
“Each day was packed with lecture, discussion, demonstration and directed listening. We would sing and dance to recordings and then dive into discussions of who the performers were, what they were doing, why the recordings were historically important and what was happening at the time of the recordings,” Hickman said.
“I simply cannot wait to take the lessons I learned in New York back to my students at Lincoln-Way North.
“The history, culture and tradition of jazz are so unique. Jazz is our first ‘American Music.’ When you look at the depth of all the music we classify as ‘jazz’ it’s enormous and now spanning around 100 years in history.
“That’s a serious connection to history and emotion. That’s why I love teaching jazz to kids,” Hickman said.
Forty students from around the world participated in the program.