Monday, July 05, 2010

Jazz and Lifelong Learning

Outside my office at the Ottawa jazz festival, I answered a few questions for a reporter about the importance of music education.



Ron Passfield said...

James, congratulations on what you are doing for music and young musicians. Your dedication through journalism and production is enviable. You did a great job on this video despite the equipment noise and competition.

You talk of other great jazz artists as having a "way of life that is refreshingly different" - I think you can apply that to yourself and your accomplishments.

It's so true that music crosses boundaries of race and gender and that young people's lives will be enriched by music, even if they don't pursue it as a career.

A colleague of mine is dedicating his personal time and resources to bringing education to the disenfranchised around the world (e.g. Haiti). He shares your vision of placing young people with mentors that they can learn from so that they can develop to realize their potential to create a better world - a world of music and genuine self-esteem and confidence.
The Global University for Lifelong Learning (in concert with World Vision)

James Hale said...

Thanks for the comment, Ron, but I can't take credit for the festival's role in promoting music education; there are a lot of hands involved.

The video was made by a Ugandan-Canadian who's really involved in music education. Anyone who is interested can follow up through the original YouTube connection.