Live music provides an experience unlike any other. Our interactive assembly programs allow students to witness the magic of live music while learning about the music and history of jazz.

Jump for Jazz

Jump for Jazz is an educational performance for grades K-5 that combines great jazz standards and songs from early childhood materials that adapt well to the jazz genre. Using songs and activities developed by Ms. Rebecca Ogden, an experienced early childhood music educator, Jump for Jazz aims to enhance literacy, musical awareness, and movement for young children. The audience adds “jazz” to their vocabulary while listening, singing, jumping, reading patterns and even playing instruments. The program is all about the music! The students, through their participation, are fully engaged listeners.

The trio, a professional jazz group made up of full time career musicians, brings an energetic and interactive performance experience of the highest level to the students. An outgrowth of the highly popular PBJ & Jazz concert series, Jump for Jazz offers three distinct age group designs ranging from pre-school through fifth grade, each specifically targeted for that audience.

Musicians:

  • Becky Ogden, teaching artist
  • Dave DeWitt, piano
  • Derek DiCenzo, bass
  • Aaron Scott, drums, leader

Jump for Jazz is available to any public or private school, including those for developmentally challenged students, churches, civic organizations or community centers. For scheduling inquiries, please contact Zach Compston, Director of Education, at zcompston@jazzartsgroup.org.

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Middle School Assemblies

JAG teaching artists will take students on a musical journey through jazz. From the blues to swing, bebop and beyond, students will learn about the musical and non-musical influences of jazz and learn how jazz coincided with important cultural, political and artistic themes in American history.