This video combines excerpts from three performance-lectures, all of which include music performance, speaking, and visually engaging Powerpoint presentations. The first, recorded live in Morocco, presents specific music characteristics among African slaves that greatly influenced the development of African American music. The second, gives an overview of rhythmic tendencies found in soul, funk, and disco. In the last one, at the Film Festival in Radom, Poland, Stan Breckenridge performs songs that were popularized in selected American films from the 1940s to 1990s. 


Two great performers who will inspire as they take you on a musical journey of America. Piano and vocal performances will include styles such as spirituals, folk songs, ragtime, blues, New Orleans jazz, swing, fusion of classical and jazz, cool, soul, and pop. Pamela Howland and Stan Breckenridge will perform these styles as individuals, then come together in a spectacular performance of Piano Music for Four Hands!                                                                         BOOKINGS: Anna Kowalczyk


Today’s music, like technology, seems to evolve too quickly for most adults, and
many teens as well, to have a feeling of confidence about its many emerging styles.
Just when you think you have an understanding of a certain music style it either
evolves to something that requires a new set of guidelines or the style is no longer
present. Trying to stay abreast with the many new styles, notwithstanding the significance
of their social trends, seems to be a daunting task that requires more attention than
what one often has time for. This lecture offers specific skills for attaining a fuller
understanding of music in general.


This lecture-performance will present music characteristics and performance practices in American soul music that existed during the 1960s, including their relevance to civil rights and social justice during this time. An emphasis will be placed on understanding differences, through live performance and videos, between soul music’s two approaches, namely Basic and Motown.



What identifies an American? This lecture discloses ten identifiers of American
Identity that can be seen in various styles of African American music. They include
accepting, adaptive, associative, compassion, confident, creativity, democracy,
freedom, individuality, and ingenuity.



This lecture and performance highlights the significance of music in film by performing various music excerpts to show their relevance to the story and/or a specific scene. (View sample; This is for promotional only.)



Through lecture and demonstration, this presentation discloses music characteristics
and performance practices in styles such as spirituals, ragtime, blues, New Orleans jazz,
gospel, harlem stride, big band jazz, bebop, rhythm & blues, cool, soul, funk,
disco, pop, and neo-soul.



An engaging concert-lecture about the many inspirations of and reflections of jazz.
From spiritual music of the 19th century to soul music of the mid. 20th century, jazz
inspirations such as improvisations, vocal inflections, call & response, melodic and
rhythmic phrasing, syncopation, and several others will be demonstrated in a selected repertoire. Some songs will include “Wade in the Water,” “Maple Leaf Rag,” “Stormy
Monday,” “Got My Mojo Workin’,” “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?,”
“Take the A Train,” “Amazing Grace,” “Song for My Father”, and many others.



It is well know that a significant number of musicians during the 1930s/40s believed
the true spirit of jazz was not being experienced through performances of big band jazz. Consequently, beginning with bebop a return to individual creativity was the goal of
musicians and subsequently “their” music.