Performance Workshop for Primary Schools

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival presents a performance workshop for KS1 and 2 students

There’s something magical about swing. Its toe tapping, floor filling beats sparked a musical revolution a century ago, introducing jazz to the world through big band leaders like Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

In recent years swing has recaptured our imaginations with a whole new generation of swing dancers learning the famous steps of the ‘Lindy Hop’, the ‘Charleston’ and many more.

Swing has always been a big feature of Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and now we’re bringing a special interactive workshop to primary schools to inspire the next generation of dancers and musicians. Working with members of our house band, children will explore the components of swing by mixing up a musical cake to find out what makes swing, swing!

In this one-hour session, children will:

  • Learn the history of swing
  • Get hands on with the musical instruments involved
  • Learn how to lead a band
  • Discover how the band works together to make beautiful music
  • Find out which instruments work well together
  • Learn how tempo works
  • Sing along to classic swing tunes
  • Get in the groove with easy solo jazz steps like the ‘Charleston’, the ‘Messaround’ and the ‘Cake Walk’ and follow a routine accompanied by the band
“The musicians were excellent and really delivered their expertise in a very child-friendly manner. The children were so enthused about what they were hearing and learning. The staff loved it too!” Ross Williams, Manorbrook Primary, Thornbury
In 2016 Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival visited the following schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset: Wansdyke, Oasis Connaught, Redland High Jr, St. Annes Jr, St. Peters C of E, Red Maids Jr, St. Patricks, Pucklechurch, Crossways Jr, Frenchay, Beacon Rise, Hanham Abbots, Manorbrook, Francis C.
Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival believes that live music and dance is an essential part of education, inspiring children to listen, play and move to express themselves. Our house band – comprised of leading jazz musicians – can bring this message to your school. We can send you a teachers kit for those who want supportive classroom ideas, plus follow up details through your Music Hub for students who are inspired by the workshop.

Would you like us to come to your school? Fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch.