WHAT WE DO

AT JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, WE BELIEVE THAT LEARNING TO UNDERSTAND, CREATE AND LOVE JAZZ — THIS GREAT AMERICAN ART FORM – REAPS LIFELONG BENEFITS THAT EVERY CHILD DESERVES TO ENJOY.

We know that music creates bonds and builds communities. That’s why everything we do is suffused with jazz. Step into our rehearsal rooms, an in-school program, one of our events, or even our office, and you’ll find music in the air! We put these beliefs into practice in a variety of ways and places: In schools, at our JAZZ HOUSE studio, and within the larger communities where we work, we’ve built circles of enthusiastic students, dedicated staff, first-rate professional teaching artists, supporters and friends.

Access

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is the only community arts organization in New Jersey (and now New York City) exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz: America’s home-grown art form. At the JAZZ HOUSE, we ensure that every student has access to music, education, mentoring, and apprenticeship.

Learning

Our year-round programming nurtures a love for jazz and centers jazz as intervention, empowering students ages 8 to 19, at every level of experience, to rise and improvise. Our weekly instrumental and vocal classes for students of all levels are set up as ensembles, so that students not only learn to play their instruments, solo and improvise, but also collaborate with other musicians. 

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS in School Masterclass with Christian McBride
JAZZ HOUSE goes to college

Career Development

Through jazz, we prepare young people to become community leaders and global citizens, empowering them to find their voice both on and off the stage.

COMMUNITY Building

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS participates in over 80 community performances a year and each summer we produce the Montclair Jazz Festival, which is free and open to the public. We are now seeing the legacy of our work through our alums who are truly the rising new generation of jazz musicians and engaged citizens. We foster an artistic edge ensure that every one of our students has access to music, education, mentoring, and leadership.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS in the community
"ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND RESPECTED JAZZ EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY."
~ JAZZ TIMES

Be An Instrument for Change

2022 YEAR-END APPEAL

AN INSTRUMENT FOR CHANGE!

Through jazz, we provide world-class access, learning, career development + community building.