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!
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.
We also believe in jazz as a tremendous teaching tool. Through our year-round jazz education and performance programs, we teach children ages 8 to18 to become lifelong learners, communicators and innovators. As students practice on their instruments, rehearse with their ensembles, and interact with instructors trained to teach and mentor them, they develop important 21st century skills: confidence, perseverance, focus, collaboration, dedication, accountability and an openness to constructive feedback. These skills are essential for all students as they transition to adulthood and become successful, contributing members of their communities.
We put these beliefs into practice in a variety of ways and places.
We currently operate in 11 schools, teaching more than 500 students annually.
Student and adult musicians, educators, families, fans—there’s a place for everyone at the Jazz House. We invite you to join our community. At Jazz House Kids, we believe that learning to love, understand, and create jazz—this great American art form–reaps lifelong benefits that every child deserves to enjoy. These four pillars guide our work and help shape lives and set the stage for the development of community leaders and global citizens.
Today, Jazz House Kids is a highly-respected and nationally-recognized arts education organization. Close to 50,000 students have participated in our programs since 2002. We participate in over 80 community performances a year and each summer we produce the Montclair Jazz Festival, which is free and open to the public. Last year, 8,000 people attended. 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 apprenticeship.
Jazz House Kids has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent arts education and performance organizations. Our mission is to transform young lives and open doors to the future by offering pre-professional, year-round musical training along with community engagement and education programs for K-12 students from diverse backgrounds. Internationally renowned jazz performers teach alongside our professional staff, offering students a wide range of creative programming that develops musical potential, enhances leadership and life skills, and strengthens academic performance. Through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship, Jazz House Kids cultivates tomorrow’s global citizens so they may build vibrant communities.