DC Jazz Festival Education Program

DC Jazz Festival Education Program

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) Education Program provides affordable jazz education programming to students of all ages, teachers, and families, especially in underserved communities. From early childhood through adult learners, the DC Jazz Festival Education Program engages and enhances the lives of a vast demographic of the DC-metropolitan community with robust and comprehensive programming. Our dynamic, interactive, and immersive music education programs have received numerous awards including the Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence Grant and the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Creative Industries

DCJF prides itself on providing top-quality music educators and teachers who have dedicated their lives to teaching the true essence of jazz. They take joy in sharing their talents with youth. Learn more about our award-winning programs in this brochure. For more information or to schedule an education program at your school or community center, contact Heidi Martin, Education Program Coordinator, at heidi@dcjazzfest.org.

Upcoming Education Events & Partnerships

2/25 - A Live Performance from Larnell Lewis - RSVP>>
Live broadcast, co-presented The Embassy of Canada & The TD Tornoto Jazz Festival

Larnell Lewis

3/11- OutLoud! LGBTQI+ Experiences in the Music Industry - RSVP>> 
Live panel discussionco-presented by the Embassies of Finland and Sweden in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by The Corner at Whitman-Walker

3/25 - Master Class: Piano As A Secondary Instrument with Janelle Gill - RSVP>>
Presented by the DC Jazz Festival Education Program

Early Childhood Music Education

DC JazzBops!

DC JazzBops! | DCJF Music Education Program

(In-school and after-school program) 

Through jazz-inspired books and interactive lessons, DC Jazz Bops! establishes early music skills and foundational math and literacy skills. It aids in socio-emotional development, pattern recognition, and both gross and fine motor skills. DC Jazz Bops! offers children and caregivers opportunities to explore jazz as a tool to educate and express themselves together.

Session Time - 45 minutes

Ages - 18 months-5 years 

“DC Jazz Bops! is a wonderful combination of music and movement that allows students to express themselves musically, practice skills on real instruments, and learn about the history of the genre.” - KIPP DC Connect Academy

Elementary, Middle & High School Education

Jazzin' InSchool

(In-school program) 

Jazzin’ InSchool engages elementary-aged students in an interactive exploration of jazz, its development in the U.S. and its relationship to other global musical art forms. With live music experiences, Jazzin’ InSchool includes singing, instrument interaction, social studies, history and geography. Focus areas include Jazz and Hip Hop, Jazz and South Africa, Blues Harmonica Workshop, Guitar Ensemble Program and more.

Session Time - 60 minutes 

Ages - 7-11 

“The DC Jazz Festival offered students (and teachers!) a wonderful learning experience that pushed their thinking and gave students the opportunity to explore the major elements of jazz, go-go, and hip hop in a unique way!” - DC Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning

Jazzin' AfterSchool

(After-school program)

Provide a unique performance ensemble experience at your school or organization with Jazzin’ AfterSchool. This student jazz ensemble focuses on helping young musicians learn the history of jazz, develop and increase musicianship skills, and gain essential jazz ensemble performance experience. Master classes are led by some of DC’s most celebrated jazz artists, including Herman Burney, Elijah Balbed, Cyrus Chestnut, Janelle Gill, Rochelle Rice, John Lee and others.

Session Time - 60 minutes 

Ages - Elementary-High School, pending basic instrument proficiency 

“The [Jazzin’ AfterSchool] masterclass was absolutely wonderful! It publicly showcased the incredible impact that the DC Jazz Festival partnership is having on our developing young artists at Sitar – giving a gift of music understanding and appreciation, while strengthening their self-identity as young people, and providing them with confidence in their real and growing artistic skills which can then propel them to whatever next level they wish to achieve.” - Lorraine Robinson, Program Director, Sitar Arts Center

All Ages Music Education

Meet-The-Artist

Meet-The-Artist

(In-school or after-school program)

During the annual DC JazzFest and throughout the year, Meet the Artist offers an up-close and personal opportunity to hear from and interact with world-renowned jazz artists off the bandstand. Meet the Artist sessions provide a unique add-on to a concert series or an exclusive stand-alone event. DCJF Meet the Artist events have featured Robert Glasper, Ivan Lins, Pat Metheny, Snarky Puppy, Jon Batiste, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jacob Collier and many other jazz greats! 

Session Time - 60 mins 

Ages - All ages 

Artist-In-Residence Program

The DC Jazz Festival recently launched our Artist-In-Residence Program to provide our community with valuable perspective and insight from a bevy of world-renowned artists who will use their collective experiences to inform and enrich our programming. We are beyond honored to announce that the presiding DCJF Artist-In-Residence is none other than the multi-talented Terri Lynne Carrington. Read more about her accoloades and what she brings to the program through the header above.