Presented by the PNC Foundation

The Jazz Academy’s Jumpin’ JAKs (Jazz & Kids) pre-school program introduces music and encourages creative self-expression and literacy for children aged three to five. It is a powerful program that fuses arts education with codified early childhood educational practices. Jumpin’JaK’s is also designed to equip teachers with curricular tools that will continue the lessons learned at the Jazz Academy in their centers.

Jumpin’ JaKs addresses school readiness through social and emotional development – the delivery system is arts and culture.

Jumpin’ JAKs is the cornerstone of our early childhood education programming, developed in partnership with music educator Rebecca Ogden.  It is a literacy based program that invites three to five year old children to sing, listen, dance, and learn about music – from classical to jazz – in a playful environment with their parent or caregiver. Activities presented focus on:

  • creative process
  • enhanced listening skills
  • language development, and
  • self-expression

Each class incorporates an exploration of music and instruments, movement, games, story time and singing songs.  When it makes sense thematically, a visual art component is added to the course content, integrating and reinforcing the curriculum in a meaning way. On the final visit, a guest artist makes an appearance at Jumpin’ JAKs, providing the participants with a live performance and access to a musician who will share their talent, passion and expertise.

The Jazz Academy’s Jumpin’ JaKs program links to the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards and well as learning outcomes established by the Child Development Center of Franklin County’s Head Start program.