Music Educator

Tj Wheeler performed his first Blues in the Schools program at the age of 19 in 1972. It was in 1989 however, that he organized his first national “Hope, Heroes & the Blues” with a grant from the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. Since then Tj has seen over 450,000 students across 5 continents. These programs of blues, jazz, related roots music, African American history and so much more, are being internationally recognized as a holistic hook and entry point into a plethora of the Common Core standards. They also help make education more relative to student’s lives, thereby helping students sustain interest, retain information as well as how to apply that knowledge. Hope, Heroes and the Blues builds confidence, empathy, and overall character.

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