The Portsmouth Middle School Jazz Ensemble’s enrichment grant from the PPEF is being used to service the jazz program at the middle school and support the general music classes. The funds received were used to purchase jazz videos and music tapes featuring big band jazz and modern jazz quartets. Each rehearsal, the jazz band takes some time to view the videos becoming familiar with the nuances of jazz artists and their music.
In addition to the students participating in jazz band, the video and music tapes plus the video The Story of Jazz are being used by the General Music classes as a history tool. The Portsmouth Public Education Foundation’s grant has helped students grow musically. Although the grant was received in 2003, the tools and products purchased continue to be utilized by teachers and students.