|JAMM's youngest teaching assistants help new students learn how to play the violin during the first month of school.|
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
|Thanks to the support of the Juneau Community, JAMM will be 500 strong next year.|
The entire JAMM family would like to thank the following individuals, organizations, and businesses for their generous contributions. Without their support, JAMM would not be able to expand its programming to more kids. Next year, JAMM will reach over 500 students district-wide!
2013-2014 JAMM SPONSORS
$2,500 and Above
$1,000 - $2,499
DeeAnn and Michael Grummett
Ron and Kathy Maas
Dr. William Palmer
$500 - $999
Mandy and Anthony Mallott
Full Circle Music
$250 - $499
$100 - $249
Annie Calkins and Dave Hunsaker
Peter and Mary Katzenstein
$50 - $99
Jane and Peter Brye
David & Stephanie Means
Kalei and Gina Wery
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
|JAMM after-school students stand with the Attacca Quartet.|
|Rebecca Ricker and Meghan Johnson stand proudly with JAMM 1st graders from Auke Bay and Riverbend Elementary Schools.|
Juneau Jazz and Classics: The Attacca Quartet (see photo above) sponsored by Juneau Jazz and Classics performed at all three JAMM schools. JAMM@Glacier Valley was thrilled to have the Attacca Quartet visit them after-school where JAMM students performed for the quartet and then the quartet for JAMM students and families. There was mutual admiration between both groups!
University of Alaska Southeast Honors Program: David Miller, a violinist and student at UAS, chose JAMM as his Community Service project for his honors program. David volunteered 40 hours of service by working closely with JAMM's in-school classes of kindergartners and first graders. We hope to see David again next year!
|David Miller poses with Mrs. Sigler's kindergarten Class.|
|Glacier Valley's Tlingit Dance and Drummers|
Monday, May 26, 2014
|Representatives from JAMM's 3rd Grade Program at Glacier Valley Stand with Tony Woodcock and Principal Ted Wilson at KTOO Studio.|
|JAMM 3rd Grade Orchestra Stand with Tony and Virginia Woodcock After Their Rehearsal|
Friday, May 23, 2014
|Celebrating the graduation of the final class of Sistema Fellows at New England Conservatory|
Even though the New England Conservatory no longer will offer the training program, they have committed to investing in its fifty graduated Sistema Fellows through professional development and networking. TED has maintained an Abreu's Wish Blog to document, share, and update its community on the status of Dr. Abreu's wish: the Sistema Fellows program. JAMM was featured in one of its postings.
Monday, April 28, 2014
|Map of El Sistema Programs in the United States|
Monday, April 21, 2014
|JAMM Students Perform for the Juneau Community (Photographer: Michael Penn, Juneau Empire)|
|1st graders demonstrate their math skills using stability balls and drumsticks (Photographer: Michael Penn)|
|Lorrie Heagy asks the cello section to join the JAMM orchestra in a bow (Photographer: Michael Penn)|
Monday, March 24, 2014
|Sistema Fellow, Hana Morford, works with Jemima during Rock Band|
|Megan Moran works with a 2nd grade general music class.|
|A truly Alaskan experience for Hana and Megan: Staying up for the Northern Lights!|
Friday, February 28, 2014
|Mr. Xia plays alongside Tahila and Ruby at the Juneau Student Symphony concert (Photo: Alfie Price)|
|All eyes are focused on the music as JAMM students perform with the Juneau Student Symphony (Photo: Alfie Price)|
|Kyle Farley-Robinson, the Juneau Symphony Youth Solo Competition Winner (Photo: Alfie Price).|
|Tyree Pini and the Thunder Mountain High School Orchestra perform for JAMM students.|
Monday, January 20, 2014
|Ricci Adan of Dance Machine International works with JAMM students after-school.|
Ricci's work centers on passing their legacy on to the next generation by teaching the vocabulary of the dance through the decades and sharing reconstructed works with students of all ages. Ricci has been impressed with our JAMM students, which according to her "are like sponges who are so eager to learn." We are thrilled to have Ricci return for the coming school year to work with our students again. Thank you, Ricci!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
|Garrett and Keyton are two of JAMM's bass players.|
JAMM was awarded four double basses and six cellos through a Classics for Kids matching grant to help JAMM expand its lower string section. Rod Crist, a musician and Glacier Valley's counselor, is the bass instructor and Meghan Johnson, the principal cellist of the Juneau Symphony, will continue to teach the ever-growing cello section. Thank you, Classics for Kids, Ron and Kathy Maas, DeeAnn and Michael Grummett, Holland American Line, and the Juneau Community Foundation for funding these beautiful instruments.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
|The beauty of technology allows Geza Silvay to provide live instruction to JAMM from Helsinki, Finland.|
Ten coutnries participate in these weekly lessons and JAMM is the first US site to join the project. Other participating countries include Denmark, Germany, South Korea, and Israel. Helsinki University Cognitive Brain Research Group is working closely with the project. Although the ColourStrings method used in this project is geared toward one-on-one teaching, the partnership will benefit Mr. Xia in his private teaching, as well as JAMM teachers who continually seek new ways of motivating young children.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
|Mike Kirsch poses with Glacier Valley's 2nd grade JAMM students|
Mike beautifully wove together the pivotal role that GuoHua Xia, JAMM's lead violin instructor, plays in the Juneau community, the inspiring teamwork at Glacier Valley Elementary School where JAMM began, and the sustained investment Juneau is making in its youth through music. Thank you, Mike and CCTV for covering a program that shows what community and school partnerships can accomplish!
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Over 80 JAMM kindergarten students from Auke Bay, Glacier Valley and Riverbend Elementary Schools performed together at Juneau Jazz and Classic's Community Day at the University of Alaska Southeast. This was the first time that all three sites had an opportunity to perform together and gave the community an opportunity to celebrate JAMM's expansion to more schools and grades within the Juneau School District.
For the 2013 – 2014 school year, both Auke Bay and Riverbend Elementary Schools will expand their programming to 1st grade, while Glacier Valley will expand to 3rd grade with the addition of a bass section. Thank you, Juneau Community Foundation, Holland America Line, Ron and Kathy Maas, and Mike and DeeAnn Grummett for helping JAMM match a grant from the Classics for Kids Foundation to purchase 4 basses and 6 larger-sized cellos for our growing 3rd grade orchestra members. Over 400 students will participate in JAMM next year!