Jazzin’ Afterschool

The Jazzin' Afterschool Program

  • Instrument Training
  • Improvisation Instruction
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Master Classes and Clinics

Herman Burney, Associate Professor of Bass and Jazz Combo Director at The George Washington University leads Jazzin’ AfterSchool. Burney is a seasoned jazz bassist and educator who has considerable experience working with young, aspiring jazz musicians. He has performed with many well-known jazz artists, including Nnenna Freelon, Marcus Roberts, Freddy Cole, Wynton Marsalis, and Eric Alexander, to name a few.

In partnership with Sitar Arts Center, Jazzin’ AfterSchool provides year-round weekly instrument training and jazz history sessions for Sitar music students. Each semester, students enrolled in the course are joined by upwards of 80 other Sitar music students for a lively masterclass session focusing exclusively on jazz performance, history, and appreciation. A core group of students performs in a culminating concert at Sitar Arts Center for their peers, teachers, and families and also, are featured each year in an exceptional performance at the DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz 'N Family Fun Days event.

"The 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. Professor Burney and his peers are inspiring the next generation–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. For some, this has sparked interest in further study at schools such as Duke Ellington and Berklee Music School (and for the students that are first-generation college applicants that is transformational)!" - A. Lorraine Robinson, Senior Director of Programs, Sitar Arts Center

Jazzin' AfterSchool

Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.
Students 9+ are encouraged to apply. Must have at least one year of experience playing an instrument and have basic music reading skills.

More Information

Heidi Martin, Music Education Coordinator

Sitar Arts Center