As an experienced music educator, Don Washington knows how to engage students in the learning process. You will not want the lesson to end!
Understanding history, culture and concept
Papadon is one of very few music educators who possesses both empirical knowledge of African-American traditional music and formal training in music and education. In other words, he is able to bridge the gap between those you live the blues and those who want to learn about the blues.
Don Washington has been singing since the age of four. He grew up singing gospel music, while taking formal lessons as a teanager. Washington is a NYS certified vocal music teacher. Papadon is happy to lead your vocal ensemble in an exploration in vocal expression.
Papadon Washington offers jazz band workshops that cover topics such as call and response arranging, inprovisation, and finding "your voice" in your instruments.
Piano workshops to cover left- handed boogie-woogie patterns, improvisation and chording/comping techniques
Rhythm section workout is a workshop, especially for the bassist, drummer, pianist and guitarist in any ensemble. Don plays all of the above instruments and will help young musicians understand the important role they have in driving the music into the hearts of listeners.
Treat your blues society, music classes, ELA students or even yourself to a song writing session. Many people would like to create a song but are afraid to take the first and most difficult steps. Papadon will lead you through a few preparatory exercises and then set you on the path to song writing.
Availability: Papadon Washington is easily available for summer festivals and workshops. From September through June, availability is limited.
Don has been giving master classes and workshops since 1997. One of his early projects was with a group of fourth grade students in Northern New York State.