KINDERJAZZ is a 12 piece fully acoustic swing orchestra, featuring some of the best musicians in Australia. They have opened Manly Jazz Festival in 1998, and since then, have performed at the Sydney Opera House, Daring Harbour, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Parramatta Stadium, to more than 10,000 families, Carols in the Domain 2000 on Channel 7, Stadium Australia and many major venues around Australia. We have conducted an interview with them.
Why is natural music tuition important for educating young children and to encourage learning?
By natural, I mean not manufactured. Children’s brains are growing brains and they need real life musical experiences to nurture their brains and bodies. Music is something that is totally unique to humans. It’s what orders our brains amidst the chaos. Music is also the only thing we have in our world that uses both left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously. This integration speeds up learning. The more quality music, the more memory storage and faster processing speeds therefore all round better learning.
Is it limiting to only children who learn visually?
Everyone is different and learns differently. No one way is wrong or right but to limit children to only learning one way shuts off the rest of their brains to other senses which can then atrophy when not used, just like a muscle. The simple fact is, humans have different senses and need multi-sensory experiences to be healthy. Live music is a totally multi-sensory experience and KINDERJAZZ is the easiest way to give children this benefit. The wonderful thing about technology is it can connect us with the world at the touch of a button but the more we outsource our intelligence to Google, the less we are using our own minds to think and there is a danger of getting addicted to someone else doing our thinking for us. It ultimately leads to a lack of freedom.
How does it work?
I think I’ve just touched on the dangers in the last paragraph. KINDERJAZZ is recorded live in real time and with usually the first or second take. This gives the music an organic sound. Fresh from the minds, hearts and souls of the musicians playing. Children pick up on this freshness and are energized by it. There are lots of high frequencies involved in the playing and we need these frequencies for a good night’s sleep, for focus, for wellbeing. Children who don’t listen to quality music are missing out.
Who are the musicians behind KINDERJAZZ?
· Male Vocals: George Washingmachine
· Female Vocals: Jessica O’Donoghue
· Alto Saxophone: Vanessa Patterson
· Alto Saxophone: Glenn Henrich
· Tenor Saxophone: Jason Morphett
· Trumpet: Al Davey
· Trumpet: Mike Kenny
· Trombone: Mark Barnsley
· Piano: Kevin Hunt
· Double Bass: David Groves
· Drums: Martin Highland
· Congas: Aykho Akhrif
All of our musicians are leaders in their field and have their own bands who regularly tour the world. They only come together for KINDERJAZZ which makes it a super-band!
Where have your jazz band been performing?
We’ve performed at Taronga Park Zoo for their birthday, the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Bago Vineyards and many other smaller venues.
Besides rhythms, instruments, key signatures, what do the CD’s offer in educating music and sounds for children? KINDERJAZZ music facilitates language learning, memory growth, stress reduction, body co-ordination and most important of all, fun. Singing and dancing to music is the best way for young children to grow.
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