“Working with Jeff Jones’ students at the Wexler-Grant Community Schools was one of the greatest teaching experiences I have had as an educator. After teaching his trumpet students from 2017-2019 as a Yale Teaching Artist, I can truly say my life has been changed for the better. I cannot speak enough to their never-ending enthusiasm and their commitment to take a chance on trying new things. I feel especially grateful to have had the opportunity to teach his students, in part, because of the mentorship role I was able to have with them. On my last day of teaching after two years, Jeff threw me a surprise party with my students (and yes, I cried alot)! Many thanks to Jeff and his students for a wonderful teaching experience.” – Chloe Swindler
“Upon moving to Los Angeles, Roosevelt Elementary School hired me as a Resident Artist for their Music Immersion Experience program. I was entrusted with the young minds of seventeen (!) fifth grade woodwind students. I worked with my students Monday through Friday. Similarly to my time at Wexler-Grant, I can say that these students taught me just as much as I taught them. Their joy for life and music is incredibly infectious.
Two of my favorite moments were 1) when my student Cassandra somehow got her flute stuck in her hair during class and 2) when my student Alan came to class with a bright pink mouth. The cause? He tried to eat a bubblegum scented marker because he thought it would taste fruity. Never a dull moment! One of my favorite moments of our daily hour together was how we started class: a full minute of meditation.(or as close as one can get to having nearly twenty elementary students sit both quietly and as still as possible).
Another favorite moment was our daily walk up the stairs from the first floor wall to our second floor classroom. There was a daily ritual: I would have the students line up, face forward, be as quiet as possible, keep their hands to themselves, and walk up the stairs – only to have them repeat this process once we reached just outside the classroom door. It was in this ritual that we would bond. From the eye contact I would make with Julian right before he would turn around to whisper something to Ben to the girls in my class asking me if boys have “cooties” while they lined up, there was a true joy from learning how my students interacted with each other and what role I could play in their lives. On my last day at Roosevelt Elementary, just like my last day at Wexler-Grant, you can be sure I cried…alot!” – Chloe Swindler