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Jazzin' AfterSchool

“We have seen budding musicians, like 15-year-old Michael Ventura, improve their musicianship to the point where serious study, and jazz in particular, is a regular part of their life. Michael’s mentorship by Herman Burney and Fred Foss helped him be accepted into elite summer music programs at Berklee College of Music for summer 2015 and receive a scholarship.””
Maureen Dwyer, Sitar Arts Center Executive Director
Jazzin' AfterSchool

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

The 2017 Spring Semester is underway!


Call Sitar Arts Center at
Registration is by appointment only.

More Information

Rochelle Rice, Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Getting Kids "Jazzed" About Learning


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

Jazzin’ AfterSchool is led by Herman Burney, Associate Professor of bass and jazz combo director at The George Washington University. 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 perform in a culminating concert at Sitar Arts Center for their peers, teachers and families and in addition are featured each year in a special performance at the DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz 'N Family Fun Days event.

For more information, call toll free at 855-332-7767

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.