Core to Vail Jazz are its three educational programs: the Vail Jazz Workshop, Vail Jazz Goes to School, and Jammin’ Jazz Kids. Each year over 1,400 children and students take part in Vail Jazz educational programs, introducing the next generation to the fundamentals of America’s original art form: jazz.

 In 2017 Vail Jazz was the recipient of the prestigious DownBeat Education Achievement Award, in honor of its impact on jazz education.

Together, our three educational programs have impacted over 20,000 students. The programs focus on two critical areas of jazz education: introduction to jazz music and achievement of mastery-level performance. Learn more about each program, below:


This intensive Workshop immerses 12 of the most talented young jazz musicians in the nation in a curriculum of musical and professional development. It is a rigorous learning experience that is conducted exclusively, and uniquely, without any written music, emphasizing listening skills, improvisation, and playing by ear.


Celebrating its 20th year in 2018, Vail Jazz Goes to School is an innovative educational program that integrates the study of jazz with social studies at the elementary level. The program, led by Tony Gulizia, provides every 4th and 5th grader at Eagle County schools with an in-depth experience of jazz, its history and its role in society.


Jammin’ Jazz Kids offers an engaging and fun learning experience for youngsters on Sundays at the Vail Farmers’ Market, through interactive, hands-on activities that teach the fundamentals of jazz and the art of improvisation.