Creating Community Through Music and Mentorship
Monterey Jazz in the Schools was established over 30 years ago as the Traveling Clinicians Program to support school band programs across Monterey County. We bring a full band of seven professional jazz artists to the classroom to help music teachers bring their ensembles to the next level. All Monterey Jazz in the Schools teachers are paired with a Lead Artist who serves as a year-long partner in setting and achieving their program goals. These include but are not limited to:
- Choosing and rehearsing great repertoire
- Developing improvisational skills
- Understanding the sounds, feeling and form of the blues
- Swing/rhythm section techniques
- Band sectionals to address phrasing and instrument-specific techniques
- Ear training
- Composition and arranging
- In-class performances that explore jazz styles, language and history
Monterey Jazz in the Schools artists can help partner schools meet new curricular standards, and to measure and evaluate their successes. Partner schools also get access to MJF’s extensive Sheet Music Library with over 2,000 scores for ensembles of all types, and can participate in our free Instrument Loan program.
The Traveling Clinicians Program is supported by AT&T, Sally Hughes Church Foundation, Community Foundation for Monterey County, William H. Donner Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Bill Graham Supporting Foundation, Harden Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Rotary International, S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County, and many individual donors.