Last week, the Sitka Jazz Festival brought students and professional jazz musicians together for workshops and concerts. In a series of audio postcards, KCAW gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the event.

Bob Athayde is the music director at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, California and the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching. He led a workshop at Sitka High, where students from across Southeast Alaska learned about the art of improvisation.

In this audio postcard, Athyade talks about the importance of practice and how he hopes to inspire students to pursue music. Listen to iFriendly audio.