Wesley J. Watkins, IV, Ph.D.
Wesley J. Watkins, IV, Ph.D. is the founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project®. The Jazz & Democracy Project® (J&D) uses jazz as a metaphor to bring American democracy to life, enrich the study of U.S. History in elementary, middle, and high school, and inspire youth to become active, positive contributors to their community. Students explore the importance of Listening, Critical Thinking, Voice, Choice, Preparation, Participation, Cooperation, Peaceful Negotiation, and America's Classical Music . . . Jazz!
Dr. Watkins first developed his curriculum at Stanford University. His continued research at Oxford University and beyond, working with music educators at both elementary schools and institutions like Eaton College, eventually earned Watkins a Ph.D. He then brought this program home, working at the district, school, and classroom levels in the East Bay.