What are your plans this spring? Looking for something fun to do that also will earn you three credits toward a college education? This spring, Todd Collins, professor of music at County College of Morris (CCM), will be conducting a music class in New Orleans.
The class, which is open to all individuals whether or not they are enrolled at CCM, takes place June 1 – 11.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for students to see, hear and feel one of America’s great cities,” said Collins. “New Orleans also is one of the great culinary cities in the world with beautiful architecture.”
The cost of the 10-day course is $1,650, which includes three credits in music, airfare, lodging in the French Quarter, a harbor cruise on the Natchez Riverboat, a day trip to Eunice, Louisiana, and a concert at the Liberty Theatre.
Collins has been working in the music industry since the 1980s recording for film and television. Included among his credits is the soundtrack he created for the Disney film “Tom and Huck.”
A mandolin and guitar player, Collins has performed with legendary fiddlers Vassar Clements and Kenny Kosek as well as Bill Keith and Peter Rowan, to name a few. He also takes pride in sharing his talent with his music students at CCM.
“This class/trip is an extension of the American “Roots” Music class that I teach,” he said.
Participants will be visiting the New Orleans Jazz National Park, the Preservation Hall trade jazz club, the Backstreet Cultural Museum, the Congo Square and Sculpture Garden, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Culture, the Jean Lafitte National Park as well as engaging in other various walks and discussions while eating great food and listening to live music.
Only 16 spots are available for the trip. The deadline to sign up is February 29. For more information, contact Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.