Savannah Jazz Academy Pre-teen produces “The Entertainer” podcast


Christina Campbell is only 11 years old, but she already has a knack for interviewing people.

His talent is evident in his interview with drummer, author and educator Ulysses Owens Jr., Savannah Music Festival Jazz Academy’s arts educator in residence. This interview earlier this year took place during the virtual spring concert of the SMF Jazz Academy.

She once again showed her talent on her own podcast, titled “The Entertainer”, in her interview with her SMF Jazz Academy melodica instructor, Naledi Masilo.

This rising sixth grade student from Godley Station K-8 School in Pooler continues to impress with the variety of interviews she features on “The Entertainer.”

What emerges clearly from her podcast conversations with Savannah teachers and musicians at SMF Jazz Academy is Christina’s curiosity for music and playing instruments. His love for all things Harry Potter and the movies also shines through.

Prior to starting SMF Jazz Academy in the tumultuous 2020-21 school year, Christina played the piano, as well as the trombone and a bit of acoustic guitar. She was interested in music.

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But after attending SMF Jazz Academy, that interest turned into passion.

Christina began playing melodica at SMF Jazz Academy, which is the one-year tuition-free Savannah Music Festival program for grades 5 through 12 students at Savannah County Public School. -Chatham.

The free after-school program is designed to empower students by instilling lifelong skills in academic, social and musical achievement. It was offered practically last school year. The goal is for him to be in person for 2021-2022.

Christina decided she was definitely a musician when, during the virtual school year, she performed melodica under the tutelage of Masilo, a singer, songwriter, artist teacher and arts administrator who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. .

Christina envisions that music will always be a part of her life, no matter which of the various instruments she now plays becomes her strong suit.

The best part of SMF Jazz Academy for Christina was being around other kids who really wanted to play music.

“You can tell all of the students and teachers really enjoyed playing music,” said Campbell, whose family includes parents Nicole and Glen, and 19-year-old brother Ray.

Unsurprisingly, Christina’s involvement with SMF Jazz Academy has helped her launch her podcast, which focuses on Christina’s three loves: music, movies, and books.

Her favorite part of the podcast is inspiring others, just as the SMF Jazz Academy has inspired her. A few of Christina’s relatives have started creating their own podcasts because of hers.

“I love knowing that something that I have done has impacted other people,” Christina said.

His dream interview guest on “The Entertainer”? Christina’s favorite Marvel superhero actress Scarlet Johansson.

Chances are, Christina can make it happen.

To listen to the podcasts, go online at

Open student applications

SMF Jazz Academy accepts applications from students. The academy is open to students of all musical levels. With the SCCPSS planning for majority in-person student participation for 2021-2022, the academy plans to follow the District’s lead.

“We look forward to seeing our students in person and offering rehearsals in a face-to-face environment,” said Jessica Messere, Director of SMF Jazz Academy. “As always, our goal is to expose as many students as possible to the freedom of creative expression through jazz.”

All students in the program will have at least one rehearsal per week and one private lesson on their instrument. Students will also perform at the end of each semester, participate in monthly jam sessions, and work with local jazz musicians in masterclasses.

The academy accepts beginner, intermediate and advanced students in grades 5-12. Previous musical experience is not required with free rental of available instruments.

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SMF Jazz Academy

Registration: August 2-22

To apply, more info:

Contact: Jessica Messere, [email protected], 912-234-3378 x107.

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