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Nina Simone Redux: Sing a Song of Nina - Workshop & Music Masterclass

  • North Carolina Museum of Artei 2110 Blue Ridge Road Raleigh, NC, 27607 United States (map)

Nina Simone Redux: Sing a Song of Nina - Workshop & Music Master Class


Lenora Helm Hammonds, assistant professor in the North Carolina Central University Jazz Studies Program, leads a master classes for music enthusiasts, educators, teaching artists, and students. Learn about Nina Simone’s well-known and lesser-heralded works through an interactive workshop discussing the singer’s work and contributions as a composer. Members of the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble will join the workshop. In this workshop, Hammonds delineates through song, discussion, audience participation and musical demonstrations, a symbolic body of vocal and music arrangements encapsulating the work of woman jazz singer/composer/activist Nina Simone. The discussion includes an array of Simone’s works; from the iconic civil rights anthem,Young, Gifted and Black to the tone poem, No Images, to the depictions of woman femininity liberating what it means to be a strong black woman in See Line Woman and Blues for Mama. She will be joined by members of NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble with a rhythm section. 

Arts-in-Education component. This workshop is designed (with take-away materials and handouts) to align with national learning standards to aid classroom teachers and educators to infuse their curriculum with arts-related lesson plans around the subjects of language and literature (lyrics and song structure); American history (Civil Rights Movement and Harlem Renaissance); and intercultural competence (jazz gender justice, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, ethnorelativism and empathy). Educators can use this workshop toward professional development CEU (continuing education credits) credits. 



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