The Legacy of John Coltrane
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert Educational Outreach Program (JCMCEOP) is an educational endeavor started over 13 years ago. The purpose is to bring live performance of creative improvisational music to elementary and secondary students in select Boston and Cambridge educational institutions. As of this date, we are involved with 8 participating elementary and secondary schools: Paige Academy (private) in Roxbury, Roland Hayes Division of Music at Madison Park (BPS), Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, Josiah Quincy Upper School (BPS), Conservatory Lab Charter School (Boston), South End Technology Center at Tent City (Boston), Balfour Academy (Boston/NU), Maurice Tobin Elementary School.
The JCMCEOP is designed to introduce the music and underlying artistry of John Coltrane to a young audience by bringing experienced professional musician educators into the schools to expose students to the world of creative musical expression and to help enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of it. The program is organized as follows: Twenty five student and chaperons from each participating school are provided free admission to the John Coltrane Memorial Concert held in late September at Northeastern University. Later in the school year, follow-up performance lectures are held at each of the schools in order to reach even more students with a program that solidifies and underscores the artistic, creative, academic, and life lessons learned through exposure to the legacy of creative music in the African American tradition.
Directed by Dr. Leonard Brown & Dr. Emmett Price of NU’s Departments of African American Studies and Music, the Educational Outreach Program is conducted in cooperation with six inner-city schools with predominantly minority student populations. Since its inception in 1994, the JCMCEOP has impacted over 10,000 students in Boston and Cambridge elementary and secondary schools.
Using the John Coltrane Memorial Concert as a point of departure for introducing the legacy of African-American creative improvisational music to diverse urban school populations, the creators and organizers of this program use music and the legacy of John Coltrane to teach young people about qualities that can help one lead a successful in life and why it is important to strive for excellence. These qualities include pursuance, focus, positive self-image, willingness to learn, and commitment to excellence.