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Walker West Music Academy in Class, Onstage and in the News

A Feature in the Web Video Series Nonprofits to Know, Produced by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
Meet classical violin student Saliem Hashel and learn about the journey of her family.

The Young Artist Professional Training Program, Volume 1
Meet the young musicians who came together as Reflective Hues in this first-ever edition of our program focused on original jazz composition, recording, production and promotion of an outstanding album.Part 1 shows the group in early sessions and features comments from the instructors on the philosophy and experience. Part 2 also shows the group in a performance celebrating its CD release.

The Young Artist Professional Training Program, Volume 2
Hear “Get Myself Together” and meet the students and teaching artists who collaborated to create this  outstanding jazz trio/vocal piece.

The Summer Music Enrichment Program at Walker West
Enjoy this glimpse into the fun that more than 30 kids ages 5 through 12 had learning piano, African drums, band instruments and vocal skills from working professional musicians during this three-week camp. Hear from the teaching artists, students and their parents about this “lifetime experience they won’t get anywhere else” – and see a bit of the performance that caps it all! 

Summer Program Video: 2012

Summer Program Video: 2011

The American History Band Project Performs, Summer 2011
See and hear a stirring outdoor rendition of “Little Liza Jane” directed by Tom Zosel. This unique program primarily instructs middle school-aged students in performance of marches, rags and other New Orleans-style early jazz.

In Performance at Walker West Music Academy on Selby Avenue in St. Paul
These performance videos are interspersed with commentary from the bandleaders on their inspirations and experiences and the business of music. The academy has been privileged to host numerous other renowned jazz musicians for performances and clinics.

The Aakash Mittal Quartet

Matt Steckler and Dead Cat Bounce

Walker West and St. Paul Central High Student Jack Breen
Jack performed on alto sax as a guest musician in concert with guitarist Mike Stern at the Roseville Jazz Blast. Hear him solo and trade fours with Mike and another outstanding young guitarist!