September 17, 2018

Dear Music Director/Counselor/Principal/Resource Coordinator:

Greetings from the U of L School of Music! As you make plans for the rest of the school year, we would like to invite you to participate in a special music workshop program at the U of L School of Music. This will be an excellent opportunity to introduce your classes to African American music and the culture that has created it. It is also a great way to initiate your celebration of Black History Month and address arts and diversity in preparation for end of the year testing. This event is one of several being presented by the U of L School of Music this year.

On Monday, February 4, 2018 at 10:00 am we will present an educational workshop on the heritage of the African American musical tradition. The guest artist will be Darryl Van Leer, an artist that celebrates African American music and culture through solo performance. The program is a stunning, foot-stomping musical tale of redemption in which Van Leer portrays the story of Matthew Porter, proprietor of the once famous Blues and Rock & Roll juke joint. Van Leer transports the audience back in time to when the Roadhouse was booming, and transforms into some of the most electrifying performers of all time including: Ray Charles, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters, Jelly Roll Morton, and Big Joe Turner. Information will be presented that will be helpful as you help your students understand the arts, cultural history, and sound. This event is part of the 23rd Annual African American Music Heritage Institute, which is presented by the U of L School of Music in cooperation with several other campus organizations.

The workshop, which lasts for 75 minutes and is suitable for upper elementary, middle school, or high school students, will be held in the School of Music Comstock Concert Hall at 1st & Brandeis on the Belknap Campus of U of L. There will be a nominal charge of $3.00 per student for the workshop. Should there be an issue with weather, we will make every effort to reschedule the workshop. In order to facilitate the collection of the fee, we would prefer that you pay by one check made payable to the U of L School of Music with AAMHI Workshop as a notation.

We are sure that you will want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Indeed, this event is just one of several in a series of programs that will be offered to area students by the School of Music. As another part of this event, on Monday evening, February 4th, there will be a performance by Mr. Van Leer at 8:00 pm in the Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music. He will be presenting the one-man show "Rubycat Lawson's Roadhouse," which is a tale of African American Rhythm and Blues. There is a $10 admission charge for adults and $5.00 admission charge for students for the evening event. If you are unable to bring students to the workshop, bring them to, or encourage them to, attend the evening performance.

For the benefit of those who will be in attendance at the workshop, a study guide will be made available to teachers prior to our guest's appearance so that students will have an opportunity to do some pre-study and follow-up study about African American Music. You may use the enclosed registration form to secure your reservations for the workshop. Be sure to make your reservations early, as space will be limited. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Jerry Tolson at the School of Music at the number listed below. Please share the information about this program with any other interested teachers in your building, and we thank you for your support of the U of L School of Music. For more information and an application form for attendance visit music.louisville.edu.


Jerry Tolson

Jerry Tolson
AAMHI Director
Professor Jazz Studies/Music Education
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
(502) 852-6972

2019 AAMHI Workshop Registration Form