Changing (Music) History at BAA

“Many education leaders lament the current state of American high schools and say we need to redesign them.... But there’s a school in Boston that’s already doing that right now: Boston Arts Academy.”

So begins a recent article on WBUR about the innovative, audacious public school where I'm lucky to teach. Although I've taught a number of subjects at the school, my main opportunity to collaborate and innovate has come in music history.

One of the music history classes I teach is a seminar for junior musicians. Last year, we debuted a curriculum based on the idea that (a) our students should engage as musicians with the world around them, and (b) the best way to do so is to look at musicians past and present to learn how they addressed their realities. We decided to do this backwards, starting from today and moving to the 1800s, in order to show the roots of today's music step by step.

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A few bits of news

Happy Travels is in the news again!  Yesterday morning, Jack was interviewed live by WFMZ-TV News 69, just a few weeks after CBS Philly ran a story on him and his app.

It's also worth noting that Jack's project has caught the eye of the Commander-in-Chief himself!

From the Big Man to the Little Man (Photo by Happy Travels)

You go Jack!  Don't forget to download the app and like his Facebook page!

In other news, there have been a couple updates to the site: