ABOUT VAIL JAZZ GOES TO SCHOOL
Vail Jazz Goes to School takes the basics of jazz education into every 4th and 5th grade classroom in Eagle County. With over 1,100 students participating from the 15 elementary schools, Vail Jazz is exposing a whole new group of youngsters to the origins and history of jazz as well as the elements of modern jazz bands.
Vail Jazz Goes to School is formatted as a sequential series of four 45-minute lessons that are presented during the course of the school year. The curriculum combines musical performances with elementary discussions of the origin and history of jazz, an art form steeped in American history, geography and diversity.
Each lesson plan is different and uses up to six educators/musicians to demonstrate various instruments and musical styles. By blending these subjects in a lesson plan, the educators link various social studies subjects that students are exposed to in their regular curriculum to the history of jazz in a unique and stimulating manner. The program wraps up with an authentic jazz concert with the Jazz Goes to School Sextet presented at the magnificent Vilar Performing Arts Center.
Vail Jazz Goes to School is supported through grants from Alpine Bank, Vail Resorts Epic Promise Foundation and United Way of Eagle River Valley in addition to other corporate donations and donations from individuals and school PTOs.