Jazz for Young Children:  Susan Milligan and Louise Rogers combine jazz music, storytelling and improvisational theater techniques to teach music, literature and social skills to young children.
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"Susan makes learning come alive by creating scenarios with the children that allow them to understand concepts and contexts on their own level, using all their senses. By coming to my classroom, Susan has helped me enrich my curriculum."

-Joann Chisolm
Medical Center Nursery School




Susan Milligan has a passion for children and the stories they love. A teacher and storyteller at Medical Center Nursery School, a Columbia University affiliate in NYC. Susan weaves jazz and puppetry into the stories she tells and acts out with the children. Susan and Music Specialist Louise Rogers have developed a jazz curriculum for young children, combining jazz music with story. They have written Jazzy Fairy Tales available on CD and from ITunes, and a Teachers Guide to help teachers implement the curriculum in their classrooms. Susan writes the school newsletter and belongs to the Bank Street Writers Lab.



Chesky recording artist Louise Rogers is an accomplished performer and a growing leader in the field of jazz education. Legendary jazz critic, Nat Hentoff, has praised her as "the most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz." As the Music Specialist at the Medical Center Nursery School in New York City, Louise works with storyteller Susan Milligan to create Jazzy Fairy Tales and other educationally age-appropriate jazz oriented activities. She is frequently brought in as a clinician to work with jazz choirs and soloists in high schools and middle schools. She and her husband, Rick Strong, have been performing for adults and children for over 15 years. They are active in the public schools doing workshops and residencies, and perform in the public libraries and parks of NYC. At night they can often be found performing at one of New York City's jazz clubs. Along with her forthcoming release on Chesky Records, Louise has previously released 4 CDs Bass-ically Speaking, Come Ready and See Me, Bop Boo Day and Jazzy Fairy Tales. These CDs can be purchased from i-tunes, Cdbaby.com, West Music, and Amazon.com. Visit her websites at www.louiserogers.org and www.jazzyfairytales.com to learn more.