Education

May 23, 2013 8:36 AM by AP/CS

Using jazz to teach concepts of democracy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Loyola University of New Orleans faculty member is among educators and musicians who teamed this week to use elements of jazz to teach the concept of democracy.

Loyola's Dean of Social Sciences Luis Miron (mih-ROHN') and others adapted a curriculum that more than 30 teachers from New Orleans public schools learned in a workshop this week.

Loyola says in a news release that the effort is funded through a $10,000 gift to Loyola from the Higher Ground Foundation. The curriculum was developed through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jazz at Lincoln Center program.

Miron says the lessons link democracy to the art form of jazz, in which individual soloists, in his words, "fit into a larger piece and come together for the good of the whole."

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