July 18, 2024

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NPS Jazz Program Sprarks Inspiration


Grammy-nominated artist Tia Fuller shared her musical expertise and experiences with student musicians from High Rock, Pollard, and Needham High School.

In this piece, we look at a two-week master class in Jazz held in the Needham Public Schools this past spring. The program, funded by a grant by the Needham Education Foundation, brought Tia Fuller in to work with the students. A Grammy-nominated Black female jazz saxophonist, composer, Berklee professor, and featured musician in Pixar’s “Soul”, Tia shared her musical expertise and experiences with overcoming the glass ceiling often faced by Black and female-identifying musicians.