Music outreach touches Carmel classroom

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Applied Music Class and Claude McKnight

Take 6 member Claude McKnight visited Carmel High School last week to work one-on-one with music students.  The Master Class was one aspect of the Larry Rosen Jazz Roots Series, which as a part of the concert, allows musicians do community outreach and interact with young people to help inspire and educate them. 

Students in Applied Music performed for McKnight during their class period and received critiques and suggestions, and also candid advice from McKnight about the music industry.

“People are there to see you when you’re on stage,” said McKnight. “We don’t care how confident you are: we care about who you are and how authentic you are in your performance. Take us, the audience, on the journey of the song and lyrics with you.”

Seasoned performing arts students along with their younger peers shared their own personal stories and songs through their performances, and were able to really have the chance to gain a unique inside knowledge into performance.

Larissa White, a 17-year-old singer, said the opportunity to work with a professional was a real treat for her. “I think it was really fun,” White said. “He [McKnight] really showed us to reach for it while performing and showed us what we can do as a person and performer.”

Take 6, an a cappella jazz and pop group, performed with Yolanda Adams during the Jazz Meets Gospel concert in late February.

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