University of South Carolina music students are performing this week in a concert with inmates at Lee Correctional Institution.
The groups have been working together via teleconference as part of music theory classes. Associate music theory professor Danny Jenkins said he has been teaching weekly music theory classes to inmates for about two years and thought they might have something to offer his USC students.
“I wanted to provide an opportunity for them to work with the inmates and bring the kind of conservatory, classical music training that they have to the inmates,” he said. “And have the inmates, then, to bring their musical training as more popular musicians to the students.”
Jenkins said the inmates have more knowledge and background of pop, rock, metal, rap and country music while the students have more experience in classical music. [Read more…]