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This is the registration for one of five CTLE workshops being offered as a part of the JOURNEY arts in education program's teacher professional development series.   

Workshops are being offered as hybrid sessions with the option to attend in person with social distancing protocols in place or virtually through a zoom link. This registration form is only for the VIRTUAL session on 11/2.  


  • WHERE: This registration form is for the VIRTUAL session. Registrants will be emailed a zoom link prior to the start of the workshop. 
  • TIME: 4:30–7:30 pm. To receive CTLE credit for this VIRTUAL workshop, you must be present for the entire 3 hour session and validate your attendance prior to exiting the workshop. Details will be provided on how to validate attendance. 
  • COST: Workshops are FREE for teachers in school districts participating in the 2020-2021 JOURNEY Arts in Education program. For all others, the cost is $50 per workshop.
  • MATERIALS FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDEES: Information regarding materials will be provided through a separate email. Materials that are provided by the presenter will be available for pickup at the Huntington Arts Council or Huntington Fine Arts Center on the afternoon of the workshop.   

VIRTUAL, Improvisation - YES! The Art of Risk! (CTLE Workshop), November 2nd, 2020

 At the heart of Jazz are two essential elements: improvisation and spontaneity. This is a performance based course open to all instruments and voices. Taught by Stony Brook University Artist in Residence Dr. Thomas Manuel this course will explore sources and techniques of musical improvisation: practice and skills, playfulness, emotion, courage, will, concentration, risk, the power of limits, patience, trust and dedication. It is a course based in learning by doing and students will improvise from moment one learning the importance of improvisation in Jazz as well as in life.
A strong emphasis of this course will be hearing off site performances both at the Jazz Loft and other venues. This is a two part workshop exploring the art of spontaneous, improvisatory, jazz improvisation and musicians (and non-musicians) of all levels of ability are invited to attend. A variety of exercises and techniques will be explored with the goal of expanding each musician’s pallet of individual creative expression. Bring your instrument or your voice. You have to dig to dig. Ya dig!?

About the Presenter:
Jazz historian, music educator and cornet player Dr. Thomas Manuel holds the endowed Artist in Residence chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University. In addition to this he serves as a trustee to the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation, is a member of the Huntington Arts Council Decentralization Advisory Committee, and is the founder and President of The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, N.Y., an innovative and creative space which joins jazz performance, jazz preservation and jazz education in celebration of the past, present, and future.

Manuel has been cited for his accomplishments by The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Newsday, Jazz Inside Magazine, Jazz Ed Magazine and has been actively involved with global educational outreach to Havana, Cuba, Monrovia, Liberia and Port Au Prince, Haiti. Manuel dedicates his professional efforts to both the preservation of Long Island’s jazz history as well as presenting it to future generations and has received several honors for his dedication to the American born art form of Jazz including: Stony Brook Universities 40 Under 40 Award, several Suffolk Country Proclamations, the East End Arts & Humanities Council 2020 Music Masters residency, the 2019 Applied Improvisation Network International Conference artist presenter, and the 2016 Person of the Year in Brookhaven award from the Times Beacon Record.
CTLE Credits – 3

See descriptions of each of the five workshops in this series on our website - http://www.huntingtonarts.org/programs/arts-in-education/the-journey-program/cultural-arts-workshops-for-teachers-2013/

*Workshop selections and locations are subject to change.

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