HSA Music/Jazz Summer Intensive 2020

HSA Music/Jazz Summer Intensive 2020

“Hello, Louis! An Exploration of the Music and Impact of Louis Armstrong”

Harlem School of the Arts
The Herb Alpert Center

EVENT POINT PEOPLE: Yolanda Wyns, HSA Music Director
INTENSIVE DATES: Mon, Aug 3 – Fri Aug 14
PERFORMANCE: Friday, Aug 14
AGE RANGE: 10-17
TIME: Mon-Fri, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
COST: $875

645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, NYC 10030

AUDITION: No Audition Required



“Hello, Louis! An Exploration of the Music and Impact of Louis Armstrong”

Louis Amstrong was a pivotal figure, not just in jazz, but the arts. While his gravelly singing voice, and wide grin might be dismissed by young music students, as the style of a Black man of an earlier era, behind this persona was a cultural force, still being studied today. From his early roots playing what was then called Race Music, to his tireless work on the road as a performer, he established a new way of playing and singing, that defined his work like no other.

Louis Armstrong laid down the roots of jazz, popular music, and even hip-hop with his syncopated style, scat singing, improvisation, and command of the stage. Armstrong also demonstrated he could be a cultural and political force with commentary on everything from Civil Rights to drug laws. He was among a group of jazz musicians that settled in the Borough of Queens establishing it as one of New York City’s hubs of creative exploration.

The HSA Summer Music/Jazz Intensive will explore the life and works of this prolific musician, vocalist, composer, pioneer, and cultural ambassador. Students will not only learn about Armstrong as an entertainer, and explore Musical Theory, Improvisation, Technique, and Performance, but they’ll also gain a context of his innovation from his Ensemble playing to his contribution to Jazz History. The program will culminate with a student led concert featuring the works of Louis Armstrong and his contemporaries.


Alphonso Horne

Jeremy Jordan – Jazz Pianist/Music Theory
Mark Dover – Woodwind/ Music Theory
Yolanda Wyns – Vocal Coach


The HSA Music Department introduces students to the irresistible force that is music. The goal of the Music Department is to equip each individual with the tools to be a proficient musician, while fostering their creative spirit. Whether laying a foundation for the beginner, or helping a more advanced musician, refine their technique, our faculty offers a rigorous introduction to the discipline of making music while instilling in each student a love of music as an art. At HSA we offer private and group instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, guitar, percussion and voice. In addition to a long tradition of excellence in Western classical music, our faculty also offers instruction in jazz and a variety of folk and popular music. We encourage all students taking private lessons to participate in an ensemble and take a musicianship class. Ensemble and group experience offers the joy of creating music with others, encourages a cooperative work ethic, and allows students to enhance their overall technique.


For 50 years, Harlem School of the Arts has stood apart as a premier arts institution in New

York City as the sole provider of quality arts education in four different disciplines: Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts. HSA enriches the lives of young people and their families in Harlem and the Greater New York City area by providing: unrivaled on-site arts instruction; vital outreach partnerships with New York City schools; quality performances and exhibitions that attract diverse audiences to its dynamic cultural arts facility; and prominent guest artists who actively engage the school’s community in the creative process through workshops and master classes. Through these enriching activities, HSA creates opportunities for both children and adults to fully experience the benefits that the arts can bring to their lives. For more information on Harlem School of the Arts courses, programs, and events, visit https://www.hsanyc.org


HSA Music Department

Yolanda Wyns
Director of Music
(212) 926-4100 x312
Email: ywyns@hsanyc.org