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.
This school year the Vail Jazz Goes to School educators are doing what all jazz musicians do, they are improving and presenting the program virtually with a slightly altered curriculum in order to adjust for the online delivery, but the essence of the music and its rich history is being passed on to the next generation of players and listeners!
Vail Jazz Goes is generously underwritten by Alpine Bank, with additional support provided by Jeff Clayton Educational Fund, Gretchen and Robert Ravenscroft, Kathy Cole and Trent Cole Scholarship Fund and Eagle County RE-50J School District and PTOs, as well as many other donors.