DC Jazz Bops!, the DC Jazz Festival’s early childhood education program, uses jazz-inspired books, storytelling, and interactive lessons to establish early music skills, encourage good social and behavioral development, and promote an early interest in reading and mathematics. Using a collection of award-winning literature, we share stories about the joy of jazz, the lives of jazz legends, and the origins of jazz as an art form, in an accessible and child-friendly environment. Each session is paired with a recommended playlist and where possible, books include accompanying CDs or online playlists allowing young readers to sing, dance, and explore long after class is over. DC Jazz Bops! aims to offer children and caregivers the opportunity to explore jazz as a tool to educate and express together. In partnership with THEARC and the Covenant House, DC Jazz Bops! is a pilot project made possible by the generous support of PNC Foundation.
The DC Jazz Festival® Education Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, The Mayo Charitable Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The NEA Foundation, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation; and with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. ©2017 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.