A Short Learning Story by John Morrison – Jazz Musician & Educator

Last year, I was filming and recording the Hawkesbury Jazz Club’s Youth in Jazz Festival. It was great to see such young talent coming through and some very exciting performances. In his adjudication, my friend, John Morrison told this great learning story about when he and his brother, well known Jazz Trumpet player James Morrison, were playing a gig for the King of Thailand. Please watch the video to hear the whole story but I want to make the main point here in this commentary that music performance is “not something you can download from the internet” or purchase online or in a store – you have to work at it and you have to earn it. The exciting thing that Michael Griffin shared with us in our professional learning last week is that music performance is accessible to everyone with good teaching and the opportunity – you have to work at it. Let’s work at making quality music education accessible to all in our schools and encouraging our students to ‘work at it’ and practise, practise, practise!!! (Used with permission – thanks John)


About captivatestrings

Phil Rooke is a Teacher Educator, specializing in Music Education for the Catholic Education Office - Diocese of Parramatta, authoring & implementing teaching programs and leading music learning across a system of 78 schools in Western Sydney. "I am on a learning journey to find and invent better ways to motivate students and teachers in music making."
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