Summer Institute For Educators

Join artists from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Jazz Power Initiative at 2018’s Summer Institute, What Jazz Can Teach Us: The Evolving American Cultural Identity.

Muse Machine’s 2018 Summer Institute will take place from July 16-19 in the Metropolitan Arts Center (126 North Main Street, Suite 310, Dayton, OH 45402). The Institute is free for teachers and administrators. It is focused on high school and middle school classroom experiences, but elementary and preschool teachers are welcome to attend and will certainly find much of the experience applicable!

Teachers attendees can earn 28 seat hours and/or three University of Dayton credit hours (register below). 

Teacher and Administrator Registration Earn UD credit at the 2018 Summer Institute

Photos from the 2017 Summer Institute for Educators

2018 presenters

Seton Hawkins serves as Director of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center. At JALC, Hawkins oversaw the creation and expansion of the Jazz Academy media library, creating the largest free video library in the world dedicated to jazz pedagogy. He leads the organization’s Swing University teaching initiative, while also hosting all Listening Parties and public programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center and giving free pre-concert lectures before major shows in Rose Theater and in the Appel Room. He has written extensively for Hot House Jazz and for, with a particular emphasis on the jazz scene of South Africa.

Eli Yamin is the co-founder and Managing Artistic Director of Jazz Power Initiative, a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to igniting the power of jazz arts education to transform lives by fostering self-expression, leadership, collaboration and diversity.  A pianist, composer, singer, and educator, Eli has been spreading the joy of jazz through his work for 30 years including 10 years as founding director of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy. He tours with his blues band and jazz quartet, has produced eight CDs of his music and has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and over 25 countries as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Eli has published three jazz and blues musicals in four languages for young performers and sincerely believes learning about jazz should feel as creative as playing it and consistently shares this experience with students of all ages. His book, So You Want to Sing the Blues, will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in collaboration with the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS) this fall.

Dara N. Byrne is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York in the Department of Communication and Theater Arts. She is also the Faculty Director of the College’s Honor’s Program. She is a specialist in critical language studies, intercultural communication, and digital media. Byrne will play a critical role with Mr. Yamin in guiding teachers to develop curriculum. Bryne and Yamin will demonstrate the power of using essential questions and inquiry-based instruction practices to promote high-order thinking skills in curriculum and instruction. Her publications include contributions to volumes, such as Brown v. Board of Education: Its Impact on Public Education 1954-2004 (2005, Word for Word); Learning Race and Ethnicity: Youth and Digital Media (2008, MIT Press).

Drummer, educator and clinician, Alvin Atkinson, Jr., has toured the globe with his group Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants. In 2009, the group traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon for the U.S. State Department’s Musical Overtures tour. In 2007 and 2008, the group participated in the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program (sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center) tour to the Middle East and Russia. In 2008, Jazz at Lincoln Center asked Alvin to lead the “All-Star American Music Abroad Group” tour to Mali, India and China.

Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as a singer with “soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” and hailed by All About Jazz as a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place,” Camille Thurman has been amazing audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity and captivating artistry. Many have compared her vocal abilities to those of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter.

Michael Bashaw is well-known for his performances, sculptures, collaborations and workshops, and has been a featured artist in hundreds of venues and events. Michael’s sculptures are found in many private collections and public installations and his work has been inventoried by the Smithsonian Art Museum. Michael has performed with his Sound Sculpture Concert Ensemble and his quintet Puzzle of Light throughout the US and in Europe. Check out the Dayton music videos Michael and his wife Sandy produced at In 2012, Michael was recognized for his outstanding work in arts education, when he was named Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Individual Artist. Michael and Sandy have both won Emmys for musical composition and performance.

Eddie Brookshire, bassist and leader of Eddie Brookshire Quintet and Orchestra has worked with James Newton, Johnny Lytle, Elvin Jones, Sandra Reeves Phillips, Woody Shaw, Gerri Allen, Roy Ayers, and David “Fathead” Newman and many others. Eddie is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Union and the African American Jazz Caucus Big Band (International Association of Jazz Educators Big Band 2003-2008). Eddie’s recordings include The Eddie Brookshire Orchestra on Live TV (Telethon for DATV), the Eddie Brookshire Quintet Bass Notes, The Heartbeat of Jazz in 2007, Roth Patterson’s Blues daddy and Brown Angel, the Dayton Jazz Orchestra’s Swing, Dance, Remember, Friday Night Funk, with Rusty Bryant and The Casual Society and James Newton’s Music for Flute. He received the NAFEO Award for excellent performance in Washington, D.C. in 1985-86 and the Presser Foundation Award in 1986-87. He is also listed in The United States Achievement Academy College Directory, 1986-87. He was voted Music Director of the Year by Dayton Playhouse for work on the play “Five Guys Named Moe.” Mr. Brookshire completed his graduate studies in World Music Emphasis on Black Music at Northern Illinois University. He currently teaches acoustic and electric bass and jazz combos at  Sinclair Community College.

Lula Elzy is a distinguished choreographer, director, educator, and accomplished modern dancer. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre. January 2018 marked her 19th season with Muse Machine’s Production of Hello Dolly! She is  the 2017 recipient of the Big Easy Classical Arts “Lifetime Achievement Award“ in honor of her launching and sustaining one of the first African-American-led modern dance companies in the history of New Orleans. She toured Europe as choreographer for PORGY AND BESS, WEST SIDE STORY and CABARET.  Most recently, Ms. Elzy’s choreography can be seen in the Le Petit Theatre Vieux Carre production of CROWNS and the award-winning film Mudbound.

Honors bestowed on Elzy include: 2015 Tony nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award; recipient of the Disney Channel American Teacher Award; a Kennedy Center for the Arts Artist/Teacher, and the Delta Sigma Artist Award. Her screen credits include Treme, Who Do Love, The Widow Paris, Love and Curses, Interview with a Vampire, and Angel Heart.  Presently, she is serving as artistic director for Dashiki Project Theatre’s commemoration, “50 Years of Theatre in New Orleans.” Additionally, Lula is an instructor and dance consultant for the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.

A versatile jazz trumpeter based in New Orleans, Ashlin Parker is sought after for big band, small ensemble, and solo performances.  In the past two years, he has played with various ensembles at international festivals and clubs in Germany, Russia, India, Switzerland, Brazil, Wales, England, Barbados, Bermuda, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, France, Hungary, Finland, and Norway.  Ashlin leads the Trumpet Mafia and plays with numerous diverse ensembles, such as Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Bill Summers and Jazalsa, The Next Generation Big Band, The Original Hurricane Brass Band, Vivaz! and the Moscow-New Orleans Project.  Ashlin has played with musicians such as Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Roland Guerin, Leroy Jones, Derek Douget, Adonis Rose, Nicholas Payton, Dmitry Mospan, Vadim Eilenkrig, Igor Butman, as well as vocalists Anthony Hamilton, Aretha Franklin, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Ashlin’s most recent CDs, with the Ellis Marsalis Sextet, were recorded live at New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2014 and 2015. He shared in the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s debut album, entitled Book One.  The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s next album, Dee Dee’s Feathers, was recorded with Dee Dee Bridgewater and is scheduled for its U.S. release in August 2015.  Ashlin has been leading the jazz trumpet studio in the Music Department at the University of New Orleans since January 2011. Presently he is a member of the Ellis Marsalis Quartet. ​

Jazz calls us to engage with our national identity. It gives us expression to the beauty of democracy and of personal freedom and of choosing to embrace humanity of all types of people. It really is what American democracy is supposed to be.

Wynton Marsalis