As part of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7 – 13), Music Doing Good in Schools celebrates the teachers who inspire our next generation of Houston musicians, with Now You Has Jazz, a student created and performed program, May 10, 2012, 7:30 pm, on stage at The Hobby Center, Zilkha Hall. All ticket sales benefit Music Doing Good in Schools outreach program, an innovative, interdisciplinary, musical-arts enrichment program for students 7 to 18 who want to take their skills to a higher level. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased online or at www.thehobbycenter.org or by calling (713) 315-2525.
Also joining the students from MacGregor Elementary School, Alexander Hamilton Middle School, and Phillis Wheatley High School on stage is the Conrad Johnson Regional Youth Orchestra. The Conrad Johnson Regional Youth Orchestra recently traveled to perform in the 2012 New York City Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center where they received a standing ovation. Many of these young musicians are from underserved populations in Houston area elementary through high schools. Their visit to NYC included a music college tour with suggested visits to Julliard and The New School. The travel was covered in part by a grant from Music Doing Good in Schools Outreach Program.
The late Conrad “Prof” Johnson was a tremendous influence on music education and jazz entertainment around Texas and the nation for many years. While at Houston’s Kashmere High School, he cultivated some of the most outstanding high school jazz orchestras and musicians in the world. In 1999, Prof. Johnson established the Conrad O. Johnson Music and Fine Arts Foundation to assist area students interested in music and the arts, with programs to aid in the furtherance of their artistic skills and ambitions. Music Doing Good and Conrad Johnson shared the same passion for ensuring the next generation of musicians.
With the continued cutting of music programs across the country at every education level, students are lacking in an area that could help them socially, academically and dramatically improve their developmental and life skills. Music Doing Good in Schools is designed to enlighten, motivate and stimulate student creativity using a diversified approach, which brings together music, dance and theater to support core curriculum learning such as math and science in a challenging, interactive and engaging environment where students work in harmony to create a live musical production.