Jazz Education

2018 Season
Early in the new year the KPMT renewed its relationship with the Scarborough residents group, Springboard to Music, providing support for 32 weeks of subsidised music lessons in guitar or keyboard to a group class of student from the local community. Under the guidance of qualified and committed teachers, STM provides positive, stimulating musical experiences for children (Grades 1-8) who might otherwise have no exposure to music study, interaction or performance. Formed in 2007 STM recently incorporated and has now acquired charitable status.

In April we honoured our commitment to the Ken Page Memorial Trust Award in Memory of Ron Collier at Humber College, providing a bursary to a student showing exceptional promiseas a composer-arranger, carrying on the high standards established by Ron Collier during Humber Music’s early years. The 2018 recipient was vocal major Nathan Martin who was completing his 4th year in the Bachelor of Music Program. Nathan thanked the KPMT for recognising his work and praised the unique Humber experience for giving him the confidence to pursue his passion for arranging and recording as well as developing as a solo and ensemble singer. The Trust’s scholarship will enable Nathan to pursue his talents when he leaves Humber and we wish him success on his musical journey.

In late spring we entered the 8th year of our relationship with the Humber College Community Music School, awarding tuition scholarship assistance for four young students who successfully auditioned to participate in the annual Youth Jazz Canada’s Summer Jazz Workshop initiative which took place July 2nd to 15th at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus. This community event provides gifted Canadian youth, aged 14 to second year post-secondary, with access to high quality instruction in jazz and the opportunity to perform and record with other students and professionals who share their interests and passion. Successful applicants attend all-day sessions that include combo rehearsals, master classes, workshops, improvisation clinics, listening sessions and professional concerts. At the end of the two-week programme all groups record in Humber’s state-of-the-art recording studio and receive an mp3 copy of their studio session. They also perform at the Beaches Festival and in a closing profile concert at the Jazz Bistro. The 2018 recipients of the KPMT grant, all from Ontario, were Keith Barstow (drums), Robert Lee (bass), Mateo Mancuso (drums) and Nick Forget (trombone).