At SMPAA, our students benefit from a range of high quality international academic staff, and our strong links with other educational institutes in Vietnam and around the world. SMPAA believes in the importance of providing students with a host of extra-curricular activities from which students can understand and embrace the diversity that exists in the global music and performing arts community.
On Sunday 09 April, SMPAA was honoured to welcome the Annandale Jazz Ambassadors, a traditional big Jazz band made up of 21 students, and their teachers from Virginia Music Adventures (USA). Virginia Music Adventures has been providing comprehensive jazz education to the Northern Virginia region of America for 36 years. Through local, national, and international community service and travel, Virginia Music Adventures encourages its students to develop empathy and respect toward other cultures. As part of their 2017 South East Asia Shadow Tour, Annandale Jazz Ambassadors had presented a workshop and performed in a concert at SMPAA.
The workshop provided the audience with knowledge about Blues music, instructed by the conductors and teachers from Virginia Music Adventures. The concert was an exchange of music between Vietnam and the USA, featuring the Annandale Jazz Ambassadors, SOUL Choir and performances by Mr. Nguyen (piano teacher at SMPAA). Both the free workshop and concert brought the audience a taste of the diversity and sophistication of Jazz, as well as a valuable opportunity for all SMPAA students and parents to mingle with international students.