Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Education Programs

For over half a century now, Monterey Jazz Festival has been changing lives through jazz education. We invite you to join us in our efforts to perpetuate America's music with your support of our innovative series of year-round Jazz Education Programs, which reach 3,000 students annually in Monterey County, nationally and internationally.

You can also download and read editions of Quarter Note, Monterey Jazz Festival's education newsletter.

Issue 5: Spring 2015
Issue 4: Winter 2014
Issue 3: November 2014

Issue 2: May 2014
Issue 1: December 2013

Jazz Education Programs

  • Next Generation Jazz Festival
    Every spring, Monterey Jazz Festival invites the top student musicians from across the country and around the world to participate in the 12th Next Generation Jazz Festival (April 8-10, 2016). Apply Now! Deadline is January 15, 2016.

  • Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
    The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra selects the top high school musicians to act as jazz ambassadors, representing Monterey to the world on domestic and international tours. Apply Now! Deadline is March 12, 2016.

  • Digital Music Education Project on SoundCloud
    Based on the benefits of students “listening to learn,” Monterey Jazz Festival's’ Digital Music Education Project on SoundCloud allows internet access to interviews with top artists, including their recommendations of music every jazz player and fan should experience.

  • Traveling Clinicians Program
    For one week a month during the school year, Monterey Jazz Festival sends top professional musicians and vocalists to work with students in classrooms throughout Monterey County, helping them develop their jazz skills.

  • New for 2015! Jazz in the Schools Concert Series: What is Jazz?
    In this new program, free school day performances for students in grades 3-12 will feature Traveling Clinicians, joined by our county’s best high school jazz musicians. Together through an interactive blend of music, movement and story, students will learn how this music can help us tell our stories and bring us together as Americans.

  • Monterey County Honor Ensembles
    Selected by the Traveling Clinicians, the Monterey County High School All-Star Band, Middle School Honor Band and High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble are comprised of the top young jazz musicians from the Monterey County area. 2015-16 audition requirements now available!

  • Monterey Jazz Festival and Japan
    Our education programs have long served as experiential learning musical laboratories, both in the classroom and “on the road.” Nanao, on the Noto Peninsula in Japan, shares a sister city relationship with Monterey as well as a namesake jazz festival, and the life-changing educational opportunities that the Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto provides—both musical and cultural—have been part of the Monterey’s unique approach to the education of young musicians in our County Honor Bands and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra since the late 1980s.

  • Latin Jazz Program
    Monterey Jazz Festival's Latin Jazz Program augments our Traveling Clinicians Program, helping to teach the fundamentals of music to young people.

  • Summer Jazz Camp
    Every year since 1984, Monterey Jazz Festival hosts Monterey County students in an intensive, two-week Summer Jazz Camp.

  • Artist-In-Residence Program
    Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence works year-round with young musicians in performances and clinics at our Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2015, the Artist-In-Residence is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

  • Big Band Composition Competition / Gerald Wilson Award
    Each year at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Big Band Composition Competition is open to student composers.

  • Instrument Bank / Sheet Music Library
    Monterey Jazz Festival created its Instrument Bank and Sheet Music Library to provide top quality instruments, charts, books and learning tools to participating schools, ensembles and teachers in Montrerey County.

  • Berklee-Monterey Connection
    Since 1996, Berklee College of Music and Monterey Jazz Festival have collaborated on the presentation of the Jimmy Lyons full-tuition scholarship to Berklee, and the presentation of performances by groups at the Festival from Berklee.

  • Paul Vieregge Production Internship
    Each year, the Paul Vieregge Production Internship selects an outstanding college student who assists the staff of Monterey Jazz Festival during the summer months and through the Festival.


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