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April 14, 2017

UMS in the Classroom: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea


JLCO saxes by Frank Stewart

Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at or (734) 764-3903.

UMS is also committed to making our performances an affordable part of the academic experience. Our Classroom Ticket Program provides $15 tickets to students and faculty for performances that are a course requirement. Please email to set up a group order.


This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Afroamerican and African Studies
  • American Culture
  • Organizational Studies
  • Conducting
  • Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
  • Musicology
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Education
  • Social Work


  • In November 2016, NPR celebrated Chick Corea’s 75th birthday with an piece on his ongoing musical legacy. Read the feature here.
  • Explore Chick Corea’s website featuring his music, Music Magic podcast, and online video workshop series.
  • Corea and his jazz piano colleagues discuss their craft in Alyn Shipton’s Handful of Keys: Conversations with 30 Jazz Pianists (2004, Routledge).


  • How does a jazz orchestra resemble or differ from a classical orchestra? What new elements does the jazz orchestra bring to Chick Corea’s music?
  • How did Chick Corea interact with the musicians and with the audience? What context did he provide for each piece, and how did that impact your listening experience? What kind of an environment was he creating in the hall?