Barry Cogert, Co-Founder and Director of Programs of The Jazz Angels, joins us to share his experiences and philosophy of teaching music and what it's like to inspire and prepare the next generation of musicians.
The Jazz Angels were founded in 2007 by two professional musicians and teachers that recognized a need for a unique type of music education for young people. As they reflected on their own experiences and personal introductions to music and considering the devastating decline of music education in schools, they developed a program to that gives wings to young musicians’ desires, and opportunities for today’s youth to experience and perpetuate America’s only original musical art form – jazz. On their own terms.
Still today, the purpose is to create an opportunity for young people to hear and learn about jazz, encourage them to play an instrument, and provide opportunities for them to perform. Much more than music lessons in Long Beach, this is a program that provides a rich life experience for a young musician. A unique component to The Jazz Angels methodology is to engage professional musicians as mentors who play alongside the participants, providing inspiration and instilling pride and discipline.