Students at the University of Sosnowiec are fully engaged in the performance-lecture.
It is always nice when students are eager to take a group photo!
Stan Breckenridge is demonstrating the positioning of a guitar or bass player, and their rhythmic passages in a given song.
The audience is clapping certain rhythms while dancing.
Enjoying the audience singing
Stan Breckenridge is preparing for his lecture titled Call & Response, Rhythm, and Vocalities: Three Staples of African American Music
Malgorzatta Krasowska, Fulbright Director, is speaking about the many activities to date by current American and Polish Fulbrighters
Here Stan Breckenridge is explaining the significance of vocalities in African American music.
Here call & response and rhythm are demonstrated in order to engage the audience.
Fulbrighters are encouraged to participate b clapping various rhythms.
Here Fulbrighters are doing the famous dance by The The Temptations titled, The Temptation Walk, to their hit “My Girl.”
On December 7, 2012 American and Polish Fulbrighters traveled to Lublin and spoke about international academic exchange at various educational and community institutions.
Just outside the Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego in Zamosc. December 4, 2012 was the date of this performance-lecture that focused on characteristics in blues, jazz, and soul music.
Standing just outside the music school.
Mira Jakubowska, Head of the English Language College in Zamosc; Professor Jurek Durczak, University of Marie Curie Sklodowskia; and Beata Syczuk, director of Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego.
With many years of performing as a soloist, Stan Breckenridge educates audiences through music performances.
Stan Breckenridge with the organizers of the event. On the right is Dr. Gernot Grohs (cello), who gave a concert the previous day the music school.
The peformance-lecture was attended by students of primary, high school and university levels, as well as faculty and staff of the music school.
Vocal demonstrations were infused with piano stylizations.
Students of all ages attended the performance-lecture as well as music faculty and staff.
In addition to singing and playing piano, Stan Breckenridge speaks to the audience about his program Education Through Music Performance.
The audience is encouraged to join in counting the number of bars/measures in the 12-bar progression – – a characteristic of blues music.
The director and Breckenridge are enjoying a spirited conversation about the high level of participation among the delightful audience.
Seeing others enjoy themselves while learning something about music is always welcoming.
A return to Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego is scheduled for next year.
On November 30, 2012 Stan Breckenridge gave a lecture titled Call & Response, Rhythm, and Vocalities: Three Staples of African American Music to university and high school students at the British Centre in Lublin.
A PowerPoint presentation that included audience participation.
The audience is being prepared to sing a song in a call & response manner.
Here the audience is asked to synchronize various rhythms with their hands and feet.
Here Breckenridge is demonstrating syncopated rhythms.
This was a fun group of individuals who were eager to learn about music through lecture and participation.
Karolina Adamczyk, Coordinator American Corner in Radom; Małgorzata Krasowska, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Poland, and Stan Breckenridge, Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar at the American Corner in Radom, November 19, 2012.
Stan Breckenridge with Robert Pluta (far right) – dyrektor Szkoły Muzycznej im. Oskara Kolberga w Radomiu; Karolina Adamczyk, Coordinator American Corner in Radom, class teacher (far left); and students.
Stan Breckenridge is speaking about the importance of 1.Performing different styles of music, 2. Theory, Harmony, and Form, 3. Stage Deportment, and 4. Engaging the Audience.
A local TV station, organized by American Corner in Radom, came by to interview the Vocal Master Class by Stan Breckenridge.
This student is performing “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys.
TV Interview, organized by American Corner in Radom, with Stan Breckenridge at Szkoły Muzycznej im. Oskara Kolberga w Radomiu.
This student performed “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin.
Robert Pluta, Urszula Malmon, and Stan Breckenridge at the Szkoły Muzycznej im. Oskara Kolberga w Radomiu.
The foyer of the main concert hall displays notable jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Małgorzata Krasowska, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Poland and Stan Breckenridge, Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar at the American Corner in Radom, November 19, 2012.
Urszula Malmon, Stan Breckenridge, and Małgorzata Krasowska, at the American Corner in Radom, November 19, 2012.
Stan Breckenridge giving a brief talk on the significance of being a Fulbright Scholar to students at the OLJ im. Unii Europejskiej w Radmiu.
. After clicking “Read More” scroll down to read the article.
A presentation, October 26, 2012, coordinated by my dear friend and colleague Professor Ewa Luczak of the American Literature Department, University of Warsaw. The audience included students (bachelor – doctorate candidates), faculty, and members of the Poland Fulbright office.
I am asking the audience to identify as many types or approaches to jazz in America. So far, they’ve identified four in addition to those seen in the lecture title.
The presentation included a PowerPoint presentation, singing, clapping, and a Q & A section.
Here I am singing the melody to the song “Long John” in demonstrating the omnipresent feature in African American music, namely call & response. The audience, +100, followed each call by enthusiastically singing the response.
Presented the significance of recordings by prominent musicians such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, and others.
Many students knew most of the discussed musicians of cool jazz such as Miles Davis, Dave Bruebeck, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, and others.
Demonstrating call & response by audience members to memorize two separate “response phrases.” As I present the call, I am requesting they sing the 2nd response.
I believe we all had a wonderful time together sharing one of America’s greatest contributions to music, namely jazz.