September 16: Ju Ju at Walker Jones Education Campus
On September 16, Ju Ju visited the Pre-K class of Shonte Tulloss and the 8th grade class of Travis Bouldin at Walker-Jones Education Campus (DCPS). Ju Ju engaged the early childhood students by tossing a ball and asking them questions about go-go. When he pulled out his drums, the students immediately wanted to play. Ju Ju gave instruments to students with specific instructions in order to create a go-go beat.
In the 8th grade class, Ju Ju separated students into teams that played different go-go beats. The three-person groups played a selection that Ju Ju assigned. As each group played in front of the classroom, their classmates cheered them on and danced in their seats. The two teachers that invited Ju Ju had nothing but praise for his visit:
We wanted to thank Ju Ju for his patience and flexibility with our youngest learners. His work was authentic and his expertise undeniable. —Shonte Tulloss
Ju Ju is an amazing artist that truly brings go-go to life in a classroom! Many students were fully aware of the genre but did not know as much about the history and the amount of skill required to create a go-go band. Through many different formats, including video, handouts, magazines and hands-on experience, students learned the basics of go-go along with techniques of popular artists. Overall, it was an enlightening day for everyone involved! —Travis Bouldin