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Kathy Wade

A Black Anthology of Music (BAM)

Curriculum: Language Arts, Music, Social & Cultural Connections, Social Studies, Visual Art

Shared with over 875,000 participants throughout the Midwest, A Black Anthology of Music is a historical exploration of America's classical music, Jazz. Kathy Wade and pianist William Menefield perform this musical journey, demonstrating the need to master basic skills: reading, writing, math, thinking, and listening with daily practice of the program's message and motto, "I will finish what I start!


Optional: add Books Alive! For Kids® Classroom Book Box six-week curriculum program (one box serves up to 24 students). Expand the lessons on the history of jazz to include a literacy component. Books Alive! For Kids® is designed to enhance creative thinking, writing, reading, art and music education. The programs goals are to reduce childhood illiteracy; encourage and prepare students to compete and succeed in global community through reading and make the experience of reading stimulate a love for learning with all our senses. Books Alive! For Kids® targets students Preschool- 3rd Grade with great remedial reading opportunities through 5th grade.


Available: Tuesdays-Thursdays

Recommended Ages: 

  • Performance—Grades K-8
  • Books Alive! For Kids®—grades PreK-3, remedial reading through 5th grade


  • Performance—40 minutes
  • Books Alive! For Kids®—six-week curriculum prior to performance


  • Performance only—$500 first session/$400 each additional
  • One performance and one Books Alive! For Kids® Classroom Book Box—$575/$75 each additional Books Alive! For Kids® Classroom Book Box

Max #Sessions per Day: 2 performances



Kathy Wade is a twice EMMY nominated producer and international award winning Jazz performer whose talent has taken her throughout Europe, United States and Caribbean. In addition to her personal appearances, recordings, television, and commercial projects, Kathy shared concert bills with Eartha Kitt, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Schuur, Cleo Laine, Shirley Horn, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Kenny G, George Benson and David Sanborn. A native Cincinnatian, she holds a Master of Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music, is Co-founder and CEO of Learning Through Art, Inc., producer and presenter of A Black Anthology of Music as part of LTA’s Mosaic Edutainment division.

Dr. William Menefield, native Cincinnatian, took a few piano lessons when he was six years old, but is primarily a self-taught pianist. He began playing the piano consistently, around the age of eight, because his mother took all of the televisions out of the house and he needed to entertain himself. A graduate of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and prolific composer, William was commissioned to compose a piece for the 125th anniversary of Music Hall.  William’s debut album, “Big Will Leaps In,” reached #13 on the national Gavin Jazz Charts and followed up with “Will’s Revenge.”  He has worked with renowned jazz artists including Roy Ayers, Clark Terry, David “Fathead” Newman, Gary Bartz, John Blake, Don Braden, Steve Wilson, and Javon Jackson. A graduate of University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, William holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Texas, Austin in composition.

Baba Charles Miller is a craft and performing artist and an arts education advocate with a background in percussive traditions of the African Diaspora. A native of Philadelphia, Baba Charles has traveled and played extensively throughout the Caribbean and United States. Baba Charles is the founder of Drums for Peace and CIC Percussion.