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.

 

Artists in the Schools 2017

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. Professors Reggie Thomas and Rick Haydon provided clinics ranging from rhythm to jazz style and technique, with the reoccurring theme of the language of music as a common, non-verbal avenue for communication. Between verbal instruction with the students, Thomas and Haydon demonstrated how their own relationship allows them to speak non-verbally to each other through the notes in each scale they share. 

Faculty Members in the schools

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

2017
The Language of Jazz
Reggie Thomas & Rick Haydon (Jazz Faculty)

2016
Jeff Campbell Returns to Door County
Jeff Campbell, Jazz Program Director

2014
WORLD PERCUSSION
Ben Wahlund, Jeff Stitley & Mike Mixtacki (Percussion & Steel Band Faculty)

2013
THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC
Jeff Campbell (jazz faculty), Ben Wahlund (Percussion & Steel Band faculty) & Ricardo Castañeda (Symphony faculty)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.