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Apollo in the Classroom: Jazz


Teaching and Learning with the Apollo

Apollo in the Classroom series offers a unique opportunity for educators and school administrators from around the country to engage with Apollo teaching artists and other educators. Learn about Apollo’s impact while highlighting significant performers who have advanced the arts and entertainment landscape.

This presentation focuses on Jazz through the lens of Apollo’s iconic history using interactive multimedia and discussion centered around building student engagement.

Apollo in the Classroom is designed to help teachers use entertainment genres as entry points for exploring social and historical time periods while amplifying marginalized voices and perspectives through classroom curricula.

One hour of New York State CTLE credit will be available for attendance.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

Registration Information

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SPECIAL OFFER: Two workshops for $15

The Apollo is offering a special offer you don’t want to miss. The Apollo in the Classroom series also includes the Apollo in the Classroom: Rhythm & Blues on January 25th.


Apollo in the Classroom Series Schedule

Apollo in the Classroom: Jazz (January 20, 2022)
Apollo in the Classroom: Rhythm and Blues (January 25, 2022)

Workshop Facilitators

Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan

Multi-instrumentalist, teaching artist, and social entrepreneur, Tim “Sully” Sullivan has been an active performer and educator for over 20 years, having lived in Chicago, New Orleans, and New York City prior to his current home of Philadelphia. He has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide array of artists ranging from nearly a dozen NEA Jazz Masters, to funk legends Fred Wesley and George Porter Jr., to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.

Shortly after moving to New York in 2009 to teach for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tim was invited to attend Teachers College at Columbia University, where he served as Community Music Fellow and taught at Teachers College Community School in Harlem. Situated just blocks from the Apollo Theater, at TCCS he created a music curriculum based entirely on the musical history and socio-cultural significance of the Apollo and has since worked together with the Apollo Education Program as a curriculum writer, teaching artist, and tour guide.

While remaining active in New York with The Apollo, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and teaching privately, in 2021 Tim founded PHL GOOD MUSIC, an innovative music program and social enterprise dedicated to bringing people together and generating social good in Philadelphia and beyond. To learn more visit: PHLGOODMUSIC.COM and @PHLGOODMUSIC on social media

Michael-David Gordon

Michael-David Gordon

Born and bred in Brooklyn,  singer – actor Michael-David has worked extensively in New York as a singer, actor, teaching artist, and voice-over performer. In addition to founding and leading Michael-David Band, he has performed with The Walter Thompson Orchestra, The Pocket Band, The Apple Bonkers, and moves audiences regularly in one of the most challenging of environments, the New York City subway – as lead vocalist of The Meetles (‘New York’s most popular Beatles cover band’).

In his ‘other’ artistic life, he is a resident company member of The Irondale Ensemble Project, as well as Theater for New City.  He has appeared on many Off-Broadway stages and toured extensively as a proud member of Actor’s Equity. As founder and lead vocalist of Michael-David Band, he appears regularly in clubs, theaters, auditoriums, colleges, private events and has twice performed with Michael-David Band (‘MDB’) as a part of the Apollo Theater ‘School Day Live’ concert series.