Louis Armstrong loved the kids in his Corona Queens neighborhood. Pops’ 21st Century Kids is the way we continue to insure that his music, life story and legacy inspire and impact a diverse generation of young people and their families who might be unfamiliar with his music, his rise to world fame, and his artistic legacy. Programs happen on the Corona Armstrong campus and beyond.
Pops is Tops!
Students experience live jazz in the beautiful Japanese style garden of the Louis Armstrong House Museum at the annual Pops is Tops series of children’s concerts in late May. These concerts feature well-known and experienced musicians playing and discussing jazz and the life of Louis Armstrong.
Pops is Tops presents a world-class jazz artist each year (e.g. Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Ray Vega) These are artists who sell-out jazz festivals, and win Grammy awards love coming to Louis Armstrong’s neighborhood to play for local kids.
Satchmo’s Cultural After School Adventure
New York City’s Cultural After School Adventures outreach program partners Louis Armstrong House Museum teaching artists with public elementary schools to provide students with a twelve-workshop residency ending with a live interactive performance. During the program, students with minimal or no prior experience playing an instrument are given the opportunity to be introduced to a musical instrument, improvisational skills, and jazz repertoire. Parallel to the music performance component, students are also introduced to Louis Armstrong. The program ends with a concert, where students perform music selections accompanied by professional jazz musicians.
Welcome to Pops’ House
Welcome to Pops’ House class visits to the historic house are designed for students of all ages and can be customized to support specific learning outcomes. Visits highlight rare personal recordings of Louis and Lucille Armstrong that can be heard only at the Museum. Visit themes include: Louis Armstrong House Museum–A Living Memoir in Queens, Louis Armstrong as Civil Rights Pioneer, and Louis’s Pad–Jet Age Designer Showcase.
Visits can be schedule from Tuesday-Friday during school hours. Visits last 40 minutes and meet a variety of New York City and New York State Learning Standards–the origins of jazz music and its influence on other musical genres; Armstrong’s fascination with technology; his struggles with segregation and unjust laws that led him to becoming Ambassador of Goodwill for the U.S.; and his many other accomplishments beyond jazz as an author, movie star, artist, singer, and radio and television entertainer.
The format of the visits includes an introduction to Louis Armstrong and his historic home; a tour of the house; and an interactive presentation led by a professional jazz musician.
Pops for Families
Families come together in the Armstrong garden to learn more about Louis Armstrong and jazz at Pops for Families. Family events are listed on our Web site during warmer months and are held on weekends. Events are lead by Louis Armstrong teaching artists who are professional jazz musicians. They are structured as fun and interactive conversations about jazz and the life and influence of Louis Armstrong
After School with Satchmo
After School with Satchmo is a year-round residency program that brings local middle schools to explore LAHM and its archival collections. The residency introduces students to the life of Louis Armstrong and examines primary resources such as manuscripts, collages, and homemade tape recordings of Louis’ everyday life. Students enjoy a jazz concert in their school at the end of the residency.
Satchmo’s Classroom: Mentorship for Teaching Artists
Professional jazz artists and Queens College Jazz Studies students participate in programs for students at the historic house museum, in the Armstrong garden, at area schools and around the community. Teaching artists are trained by the Visitor Services Manager Adriana Filstrup, Programs Manager Pedro Espinoza and Education Programs Consultant Bria Skonberg.
Louis Armstrong Museum Fellows
The Louis Armstrong Museum Fellows Program provides an opportunity to gain experience in all areas of the operation of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Two Fellows are chosen annually by a professional panel for a 10-month program starting each September. Fellows lead historic house tours, preserve and interpret primary source materials from the extensive Research Collections, participate in fundraising and membership campaigns, and network with professionals from NYC arts, museum, and archival organizations. Fellows undertake projects with quantifiable results and are introduced to all areas of operation–program, development, fiscal, governance, and administration. Fellows actively develop their knowledge about Louis Armstrong, jazz, and 20th-century history and culture. The Museum Fellows Program is underwritten by a generous grant from Fund II Foundation.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum welcomes applications for interns during the summer months. Internships are available at the House Museum and at the Archives. Interns at the House Museum have the opportunity to lead House Tours and work closely with our Visitor Services Manager. Interns at the Archives will work with the Museum’s research collections, researchers, and staff at the Archives.
Louis Armstrong Seminar at Queens College
The Louis Armstrong House Museum’s Director of Research Collections Ricky Riccardi teaches a seminar on Louis Armstrong every two years through the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Students spend an entire semester studying Louis Armstrong’s life and music, working with the Archives, transcribing his solos, and reading seminal works on Armstrong. Riccardi brings in musical guests for brief workshops, including Bria Skonberg and Alphonso Horne, and encourages students to immerse themselves in the New York traditional jazz scene.