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The Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration (LALPC) began in 2008 as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble's signature educational partnership with Chicago Public Schools. Originating as a collaboration between the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Columbia College Chicago, and the program's first Artistic Director, Jon Faddis®— and now housed in Columbia College's Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP)— LALPC enriches students' musical and personal growth with a curriculum centered upon the artistry and spirit of Louis Armstrong.

Program Model

LALPC starts with the music of Louis Armstrong. Teaching artists, or mentors, do more than help students to learn and perform the music; they engage them in the process of learning to understand and articulate their unique creative voices. Over the course of the program, students and teachers also explore the culture and structure behind the chosen musical selections. Since learning takes place out of the classroom too, we provide opportunities for families and the community to join the discussion. This is all preparation for the culminating event, the Celebration, when all of the participating ensembles perform for each other and a public audience.

Who can participate?

LALPC works with music ensembles of diverse configurations and capabilities in elementary, high school, and special needs youth programs. The only requirements are a committed music instructor, willing students, and working instruments. LALPC is ideal for schools with few resources and students with little to no experience with jazz.

CPS teachers or administrators can register by contacting LALPC's Education Director, Darius Hampton, at dhampton@colum.edu.

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