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Jonathan Blanchard

Contact Name: Lynette Davis

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Phone: (901) 239-4213

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Jonathan Blanchard received his B. S. Degree in Commercial Music and M. S. Degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University. A strong proponent of arts education, Blanchard conducts workshops and residencies in schools and colleges, celebrating the artistry, history and message of the Negro Spiritual. He performs concerts showcasing his own original works at colleges, churches, festivals and performing arts venues throughout the United States. Blanchard is a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist. He also serves as a teaching artist for the Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama Arts Commission. Arts integration with core curriculum is the central theme of his work. History Alive- Our Story –The Power of Music School, offers musical and historical presentations on the Spiritual, the Civil Rights Movement and Hip-Hop.


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Program Title: History Alive-Our Story -Power of the Spiritual

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

The Power of the Spiritual is an interactive exploration of America’s first art form, the Spiritual.
Participants will be immersed into the life of a slave. They will learn about the history of the Spiritual and the artistic elements of the art form itself. Drama and music will be used to engage the participants. Music and history will be integrated. As students explore historical, cultural, and artistic roots of the Spiritual, they will gain the tools to create and perform their own Spiritual or coded song

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Program Title: Music of the Movement

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

An interactive program that explores & explains the music that shaped the Civil Rights Era. Participants will find the meaning behind the music and compare and contrast the major figures, documents, and events of the day to better understand the political and cultural messages. Students will sample popular music, R&B, folk music, gospel, and the Spiritual, music that fueled the movement. Participants will be introduced to artists like Sam Cooke, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul, Mary.

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Program Title: From History to Hip-Hop

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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This interactive concert/talk, chronicles the evolution of American music from field songs to hip-hop, exploring all the elements that make up hip-hop. Masters of Turntablism,” this presentation explores the roots of hip-hop music and culture from the 1970s to the present day. Participants will be introduced to hip-hop’s original creators and its main elements. Participants will learn about the key aspects of rap songs, from sampling to similes, as well as being introduced to the hip-hop culture, hip-hop artists, graffiti art and the electrifying dance style called b-boyin’, rappers, innovative DJs, and revolutionary visual artists.

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