Love jazz? Looking for an activity for a rainy Saturday (or any Saturday for that matter)? Try this on for size. Jazz radio station WBGO 88.3FM are hosting concert series for five Saturdays through October into early November. These series are specifically formulated for and engages children.
The concerts will be held in four towns in Essex County at local venues. They will take place during the afternoon (12:30pm). Each concert has a specific musician headlining the event. The concerts are free and celebrates WBGO’s 22nd Annual Kids Jazz Concert Series. The first of these series Bebop to Hip Hop began last week at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange and featured pianist Shamie Royston.
Tomorrow’s concert (Oct. 11th) Connecting to Jazz will be at Newark Museum and feature pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs. There, children will be able to engage in matching music to different cartoon characters as well as creating compositions. In addition to that, you will be able to tour the museum for free!
Here’s the dates and locations of the other concerts:
Oct. 18th: Why are the Drums Important in Music? at Newark Symphony Hall
Oct. 25th: Music Legends presents Jazz 4 Kids at Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood
Nov. 1st: Various Styles of Music at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts in East Orange
For those interested in bringing groups of children (ages 4-18), you may apply for a transportation fund as well as get guaranteed seating through the KJCS Transportation Fund. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit their website WBGO.org/KIDS.
Remembering how important music is in children’s education, taking advantage of an opportunity such as this is a way for you to be the driver of your child’s learning. The fact that learning does not stop at school is key to teaching children that the world is an oyster in which to open up and explore. When exposing your child to the world outside of home and school, start within your community where activities and events can be free or at a low cost. Then look into other towns and states for extensive experiences. As they say, the sky’s the limit!