Jazz Education In Our Community

jazzkidsThe Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s Education Program reaches over 8,000 students from Healdsburg and neighboring schools. These exciting and important programs bring the living tradition of jazz directly into classrooms, assemblies, band rooms, and hearts and minds of young listeners and players. These programs are supported by your membership and sponsorship. Learn more from the attached PDF.

From its inception, Healdsburg Jazz has placed great emphasis on music education, on creating programs that expose youth to jazz’s history and values. Our 2017 winter-spring season has three different education programs for Healdsburg and Geyserville.

Black History Month Program

February is Black History Month, and for the ninth time in 2017 the HJF education programs have expanded to include this social and cultural holiday. Workshops held at eight local schools, and reaching all  3- 6 graders,  also encourage participation in the Student Choir and Student Jazz Band made up of these young musical learners. They then perform before their peers in two special day-time concerts at the Raven Performing Arts Theater, designed to reach all elementary school students in the area. » Visit this page to learn more

Operation Jazz Band

This program teaches Healdsburg fifth-graders about the instruments of a jazz ensemble. This form of enrichment to the standard American history curriculum is always extremely well-received by teachers and students alike. Every day for five days the musicians visit local schools to teach and demonstrate the basics of a jazz education. » Visit this page to learn more

Student Jazz Combo Competition

The latest addition to Healdsburg Jazz music education, the Student Jazz Combo Competition (SJCC) recruits youth musicians from across Sonoma County to form ensembles of up to six members to select and perform material that reflects their personal vision of jazz. To support the creative process, SJCC provides to students the opportunity to work with professional musicians to address specific areas, including arranging, rhythm and horn sections, and how best to incorporate vocals.  » Learn more about the SJCC

SJCC’s inaugural year culminates on April 22 as the groups perform before family, friends and community members at a juried competition, with the top ensemble receiving $1,000 and the opportunity to open for a Healdsburg Jazz Festival headliner.

It Takes Volunteers

Want to help out? Volunteer with the Festival for education, event production, marketing, newsletter or fund-raising projects. Meeting times, locations and further information for our 17th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival are found on this page.