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Winter 2020 Workshop Series Family Improv – PLAYING TOGETHER

An improv workshop for ages 5+ with a caregiver

Parents, Education grandparents, caregivers, and children age 5 and up are welcome to join us in a one hour program highlighting and teaching the joy of making music and sound together! Percussion instruments will be provided and children are encouraged to bring their favorite sound making items from home.


An improv workshop for ages 10+

An expansive and inviting workshop for musicians of all skill levels to experiment with improvisation. The class begins with a short presentation on The John and Alice Coltrane Home for inspiration followed by an hour of exploring personal expression and creative impulse. Led by two professional musicians and educators, there are no wrong notes ever in this class! Feel free to bring your instruments.


An improv workshop for girls 10+

A special improv workshop for girls only focused on the connection between improvisation and personal expression. Ages 10+ all skill levels. The class will be most beneficial for girls with some familiarity with their instruments. Feel free to bring your instruments, vocalists welcome too!

Responding to the pandemic, we moved our programming funded by the Suffolk County Grant to a digital format. We produced two programs, one featuring readings and compositions by Alice Coltrane, and another set of two online classes specifically for female improvisors as a part of our Library series. Our goal is to produce further online programming and outreach as mandated by the grant, including a live stream concert from The Coltrane Home in honor of Alice Coltrane’s birthday. In these times, we felt that it would be inspirational to celebrate the occasion with an inaugural performance in The Home to show how far the project’s physical space has come, pass dollars directly to the artists in this time of need, provide a beautiful online experience for the viewers, and most importantly honor Alice Coltrane and her artistic achievements. The remaining digital series events will not take place in The Home, but depending on response and input there may be further opportunities.

Going beyond our current programming and granting mandate will require the Coltrane family and the Board to work together in planning interim opportunities for digital programming and future programming in The Home upon its opening. Proposed ideas include rehearsals, classes, and recording in the studio, yoga and meditation in the meditation room and garden, small scale lectures and panels, convening of experts and scholars, and listening and learning sessions. The Coltrane Home programming will continue to educate and elevate.

I want to be a force for good

John Coltrane

The Music is in your heart, your soul, your spirit

Alice Coltrane

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