The Jazzistry High School Program is for students in 9th-12th grade.

The complete High School Program includes:

  • A Teacher in Service Workshop
  • 5 Artist Visits
  • A full band presentation that lasts one hour and ten minutes

Jazzistry reinforces American History Curriculum

History comes to life in every chapter of Jazzistry’s story. Example: American jazz spread to Europe after World War I when a group of African American soldiers became the jazz heroes of Paris. Lt. James Reese Europe had been ordered to do the job of bandleader as well as to serve as commanding officer of the Harlem Hellfighters, 15th Regiment Machine Gun Battalion.

Jazz expresses feelings

Music served as the outlet for emotions. For millions of enslaved African in the mid-1800s, spirituals and blues forms developed as their covert way of expressing joy, sorrow, desire, suffering, and hope. Under the yoke of oppression, self-expression survived and manifested itself in jazz as improvisation.

Jazz catches students off guard

Surprised by the familiarity of the music heard in Jazzistry, students are also intrigued by the relationship of jazz to most forms of popular music today. Jazz Factoid: The last album, Doo-Bop, of jazz giant Miles David was released after his death in 1991 and contained the distinct and emphatic accents of rap and the dance rhythms of hip hop!

Jazz gives a context for discussing social issues

The racial integration of jazz occurred late in its development. Long years of segregation influenced its texture and artistic direction and limited acceptance despite its overwhelming transformation of white American culture. Example: Billie Holiday sang the controversial lyrics of “Strange Fruit,” an anti-lynching signature song, as an artist’s social commentary on the reality of Jim Crow South.