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In jazz-loving Culver City, music instruction starts in kindergarten

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Kindergarteners make an "L" with their left hands to remind them which leg is left during a jazz dance at El Rincon Elementary School on Nov. 7.

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Teaching artist Kerri Glickman teaches music vocabulary on Nov. 7 to a kindergarten class. Glickman teaches symphonic jazz orchestra at El Rincon Elementary School in Culver City.

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A student takes part in a jazz dance during a music class taught by Kerri Glickman at El Rincon Elementary School.

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Kindergarteners at El Rincon Elementary School are learning to read music.

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Kindergarten students at El Rincon Elementary School in Culver City clap a rhythm written on the board during a music class on Nov. 7. By the third grade, students will chose which instrument they want to learn.

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Kindergarteners make an "L" with their left hands to remind them which leg is left during a jazz dance at El Rincon Elementary School on Nov. 7.

Kindergarten Jazz - 7

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Kindergarteners jump in unison during a jazz dance at El Rincon Elementary School on Nov. 7.


Culver City is known as a hub for jazz in the U.S., drawing top acts from around the country. Among them, musician and composer Stanley Clarke, and Bebop great Phil Woods.

In this town, KPCC's Mary Plummer says the love of jazz starts young. Really young.


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