Artists in the Schools

rhythm section studentsBirch Creek independently sustains an outreach program that reaches Door County public school music students each year. Birch Creek faculty members conduct seminars, perform, and demonstrate techniques based on the students' learning levels. The willingness of our summer faculty members and public school music teachers to partner together for student learning has made this educational outreach program a success.

Teachers: You may find Wisconsin Model Academic Standards that will align Birch Creek's Jazz Outreach Program with state standards on the Department of Public Instruction Web site. Or, send us an Email if you would like to ask one of our jazz artists a question about your school jazz program.

April 2013

Birch Creek faculty members Jeff Campbell, Ben Wahlund and Ricardo CastanedaSince 2002, Birch Creek's Artists in the Schools outreach program (AIS) has brought nationally acclaimed Birch Creek faculty members back to Door County after the summer performances have concluded to serve as clinicians for local public school music students. Faculty members offer powerful insights into music practice and performance, and through hands-on teaching demonstrate techniques that are immediately applied in the classroom. In April 2013, Jeff Campbell, Program Director of the Jazz I & II sessions, visited the Sevastopol School District, where he worked with 60 high school and middle school band students. The following day, Mr. Campbell was joined at Birch Creek by Program Directors from the Percussion & Steel Band and Symphony Sessions, Ben Wahlund and Ricardo CastaƱeda, respectively, to conduct workshops for band students from Sevastopol, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay high schools.


Faculty Members in the schools

Since 2002, the following Birch Creek faculty members have participated in Artists in the Schools:

2002
WORLD MUSIC and STEELPAN
Liam Teague & Robert Chappell (percussion & Stella faculty)

2003
BRASS ENSEMBLES and MARIMBAS
Fred Strum & Dane Richeson (percussion & steelpan faculty)

2004
BRASS CLINICS and THE ART OF PRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE
Greg Flint (symphony faculty)

2005
JAZZ BANDS and FLUTE ENSEMBLES
Jeff Campbell & Kaye Wagner (jazz faculty and executive director)

2006 (February)
AFRO-CUBAN & BRAZILIAN DRUM CIRCLES and THE 3 Rs OF MUSICANSHIP
Vicki Peterson Jenks (percussion & steelpan faculty)

2006 (November)
LIFE BEYOND THE BLUES SCALE
Reggie Thomas & Rick Haydon (jazz faculty)

2007
TIME/FEEL AND GROOVE
Reggie Thomas & Rick Haydon
(jazz faculty)

2008
THE RHYTHM OF JAZZ
Jeff Campbell, Reggie Thomas & Rick Haydon (jazz faculty)

2009
BUILDING JAZZ TIMING
Reggie Thomas & Rick Haydon (jazz faculty)

2010
JAZZ IN JUNIPER
Jeff Campbell, Reggie Thomas & Rick Haydon (jazz faculty)

2011
JAZZ GROOVES
Reggie Thomas & Rick Haydon (jazz faculty)

2013
THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC
Jeff Campbell (jazz faculty), Ben Wahlund (Percussion & Steel Band faculty) & Ricardo CastaƱeda (Symphony faculty)
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Artists in the Schools was launched in 2002 with the support of a grant from the Peninsula Arts Association and the Wisconsin Arts Board, and has continued as a Birch Creek outreach program each year since then. Artists in the Schools is underwritten by a grant from Elizabeth Guenzel and housing for the artists during their residency is provided by Miriam Erickson. The program continues to bring nationally-recognized musicians into Door County schools for hands-on workshops.