“Much of our heritage and culture is lost in the limited ability of textbooks to educate our children and adults of the treasures that make our country as distinct as it is today.” - Jonathan Blanchard
What Students are Saying:
“The experience caused me to dig deep into my own emotions .... through the Spiritual I learned what it really was like to be a slave .... exciting .... amazing .... I learned about a shout and coded words .... it was a fun way to learn history.”
To schedule an interactive, informative and inspirational journey through music with Jonathan,
Contact the Blanchard Music Group:
Lynette Davis at 901-239-4213
elizabethdavis508 @ hotmail.com
School Program Information
Students examine the history, purpose and impact of the Negro Spiritual.
The Negro Spiritual is used as a tool to integrate many genres of music, literature, social studies, science and math. The program meets state and national standards, engages all learning modalities and is age appropriate.
See for Yourself:
What Student Leaders are Saying:
“As an artist in residence for Opera Memphis, Jonathan served as a teacher, artist and role model all at the same time.” -Michael Ching, Artistic Director, Opera Memphis
“His presentation was age appropriate. The students especially enjoyed performing on stage with him. They thought he was very cool.”
-Margaret Shirley, Marbut Theme School
“It has been a joy having him with us. His presentation has given [the teachers] a fresh, new way to approach this delicate time in our history through arts integration.”
- Deborah Walker, Dance/Drama , Covington Integrated Arts Academy
From a Parent:
My name is Paul Settles, a parent at Marbut Elementary Theme School in Decatur, GA. I had the pleasure of experiencing the musical talents of Mr. Blanchard on February 16, 2010. The concert was very enjoyable, as he did a variety of music that most African American children are not exposed to these days. He performed Classical Italian, Operatic German, Negro Spirituals, show tunes, and upbeat arrangements of spirituals that the students really enjoyed. Jonathan's rich bass voice captivated the audience of 4th and 5th grade students. They also had an opportunity to come on stage and participate in one of the songs. The program incorporated Black History, Drama, as well as a little comedy. Mr. Blanchard interacted well with the students, sharing his life, answering questions, and even staying to shake hands and greet afterwards. I was very impressed and thankful that someone his age is sharing the diverse musical artistry of African Americans with our young people.