K-12 Education Press Kit
Jonathan is available for interactive student presentations, residencies and teacher workshops. Through music, Jonathan immerses his participants into the culture of the era, allowing them to learn, see, and feel it from the inside.
See below or click on the links for more information about Jonathan’s offerings.
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:
“Amazing Grace… 400 8th graders singing all together… Amazing!”
“Mr. Jonathan Blanchard did an excellent job utilizing the Negro Spiritual message to connect with our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. He brought history to life allowing students to participate in clapping, singing, slave auctions, chain gangs, and Rosa Parks skit. Students were actively engaged in this informative, fun, and entertaining performance celebrating the Negro Spirituals and Black History Month. I highly recommend Mr. Blanchard as a talented musician, master music educator, and an awesome male role model.”
-Dee Doss, Assistant Administrator, Durham Middle School,
Cobb County School System
“Jonathan Blanchard and his musical group were absolutely sensational! Their spiritual performance was simply inspirational and fun, giving our students an even greater insight to some of the major events in history while pulling them to their feet to partake in the musical celebration. Our teachers and students simply raved about how engaging and wonderful Jonathan and his group were and were excited we had brought him in to perform. Jonathan Blanchard and his music group were the perfect selection for celebrating Black History Month!”
Joni M. Myler, Ed.S, Assistant Administrator, Hightower Trail Middle School
Jonathan Blanchard is just plain fantastic!! He performed for our 6th,7th and 8th graders and differentiated the show for each grade level in a small way to make it more appropriate for them- ie – he had a handful of volunteers create a conga line for the 6th graders, some of the 7th graders participated on stage, and he had a full blown concert for the 8th graders! The students were engaged for the entire hour, and our teachers were really enjoying the music as well! We all learned some interesting facts about the music and history of the songs he sang. Many of our staff members said this was the best performing arts program we have had in the 7 years that we have been open, and I agree with them!!!
– Ann Sheffield, Assistant Principal, McClure Middle School
“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.
Professional development is a collaborative effort between Jonathan and teachers. The result of the collaboration is a standards based curriculum which uses arts integration to attain a specific learning objective.
“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
“As part of our Lincoln Center Aesthetic Education school program, Jonathan Blanchard and his band presented an historical journey through music focused on American Spirituals and Gospels which was so very well received by the teachers and students. This performance brings to life many elements and emotions of the civil rights movement and connects authentically to Common Core Curriculum.”
Amelia Barton, Executive Director,
West Memphis, Arkansas