How do I Become a Monterey Jazz in the Schools Partner?

All partner schools are required to agree to a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both the participating music director and their principal. That agreement covers the following:

  • Participation in Monterey Jazz in the Schools is free of charge to public middle and high schools. Private schools are eligible to participate but are responsible for a program stipend or in-kind donation.
  • All partners have an active jazz band or a concert band that performs jazz repertoire. MJF artists work with ensembles of any instrumentation, but only rehearse and perform jazz repertoire.
  • For winter 2017 and spring 2018, all partners will commit to one classroom visit on the following weeks:

November 6-9, 2017
December 4-7, 2017
January 8-11, 2018
February 12-15, 2018
March 5-8, 2018
April 9-12, 2018

  • All partners are required to attend one planning meeting via phone/skype or in person with their designated Lead Artist prior to the first classroom visit. Your Lead Artist is a resource to you throughout the duration of your partnership.
  • All partners are actively involved with the band during class time. Our artists enjoy leading the class period but require full teacher participation. Partners are always responsible for classroom management.
  • All partners will prepare students for each MJF visit. This means sharing our Meet the Artist packets, and listening to and practicing your chosen repertoire if determined prior to our first visit. Partners are required to rehearse your chosen repertoire/project and follow up on your band assignment between visits. Assignments will be developed each month in partnership with your Lead Artist. Individual artists may also give practicing assignments to specific sections or members of the band. These will be documented each class and followed up by both our school-partners and MJF artists on and between subsequent visits.
  • All partners will complete and submit pre- and post-program teacher and student evaluations and/or interviews in a timely fashion.
  • All partners will attend one professional development workshop at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, March 9-11, 2018.
  • All partner ensembles are highly encouraged to participate in the Next Generation Jazz Festival, March 9-11, 2018 as either finalist or non-competitive performers or attend as audience members.
  • All partners will share opportunities for students throughout the term, including the MJF All-Star and Honor Bands and Summer Jazz Camp.
  • All partners are highly encouraged to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 23, 2018 (each partner receives two complimentary tickets).

Program Goals and Assessments

At the end of each year partner students and teachers will complete a short survey designed to assess broad program goals as well as any partner-specific goals you set with your Lead Teacher. Partner teachers and students may also be asked to participate in short interviews. Our indicators of success include but are not limited to:

  • Students have fun playing and learning about jazz
  • Students develop a personal connection with jazz (listen to more jazz, practice more often)
  • Students feel more fluent/comfortable on their instruments
  • Students are inspired to develop their skills on their instrument
  • Students feel more comfortable expressing themselves through improvisation