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Educational Performances

The Dennos Museum Center offers educational performance experiences that align with your curriculum. Educational performances generally include short performances, interactive sections with singing, clapping, or other activities, and discussion of the genre of music or culture of the performers. Program are approximately 60 minutes in length. All attendees are welcome to visit the Museum galleries to view exhibits before or after the performance, with proper chaperone guidance. Docent-guided tours are not available on performance days.

"I was so impressed that our 1st and 2nd graders were riveted! They loved seeing the dancers move together in different ways."


"We brought back so much to the classroom for discussions and further learning experiences."


Beginning September 6th, call (231)995-1595 or email to make your reservations. Payment is required to secure your reservation.


The fee for educational performances is $5 per seat, including students, teachers, and chaperones. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is required to secure your reservation. Pricing is based on the number of seats reserved. Refunds are not available for unused seats. Scholarships may be available if you are unable to cover the costs of your visit.


THURSDAY, October 20, 2022 — 10:00 AM
Tickets $5 PER SEAT / DOORS AT 9:00 AM

Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim, for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and are currently a two-time winner for the Best Imbube Group at the Bulawayo Arts Awards 2017 and 2019.


Enter the HaggisENTER THE HAGGIS

Friday, February 24, 2023 — 10:00 AM
Tickets $5 PER SEAT / DOORS AT 9:00 AM

For the better part of two decades, Toronto’s Enter The Haggis has combined bagpipes and fiddles with a rock rhythm section to create a distinctively eclectic sound, praised by The Boston GlobeThe Washington Post, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Their songs offer singalong melodies and deep, meaningful lyrics which tell the stories of everyday hard working people, often faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges.


Poppin' Performance Promo ImagePOPPIN’! The Story of Blue Note Records

Monday, April 24, 2023 — 10:00 AM
Tickets $5 PER SEAT / DOORS AT 9:00 AM

Poppin’! is an informative, finger-snappin’, foot tappin’ journey through the history of Blue Note records that aims to illuminate the impact that the label and its unparalleled roster of groundbreaking artists has had (and continues to have) on the direction of modern jazz.



Five people standing together

"Yes, Indeed!" - The Great American Blues Tradition

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 — 10:00 AM
Tickets $5 PER SEAT / DOORS AT 9:00 AM

JazzReach's resident ensemble, Metta Quintet, will perform "Yes Indeed!”, an engaging, interactive program designed to instill a greater appreciation, awareness, and understanding of the great American BLUES tradition. With its roots in the work songs, spirituals, hymns, field hollers and chants of 19th century American south, the blues are the DNA of all indigenous American music. "Yes Indeed!"  informs students about the roots & heritage, early blues styles, the Northern Migration, regional blues styles, lyrics, singing, and more.


Video Content For Teachers and Students

Our YouTube channel has plenty of educational videos available for use in the classroom. Conversations featuring artists who have performed on stage are featured here and here. In addition, our channel also contains live performances from spring 2021. 

JazzReach Presents Get Hip!

As a producing partner, the Dennos Museum Center is excited to share the first episodes in a new series from New York-based JazzReachGet Hip! Everything You Never Knew You Wanted To Know About Jazz Music is a twelve-episode educational docuseries on the subject of jazz music that aims to cultivate a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of some of the many facets of the art form that make it such a rich, vital, compelling and uniquely American musical tradition.