Education Programming – Spring 2015 …


More program information …



The American Jazz Museum presents several different education initiatives as part of its core programming each year and engages a diverse range of active participants and enthusiastic audiences.

AJM Education Department programs are primarily designed to elevate the level of community awareness and educated appreciation for jazz and its contributions to history, culture and society.

We also inherently provide countless opportunities for aspiring students and young musicians to interact with the world-renowned jazz masters and local jazz talent who come into our venues to perform – AND also with each other as peers, further nurturing their understanding, appreciation and respect for the diverse range of people and cultures who create jazz.

American Jazz Museum education programs provide a unique platform for the thousands of students who visit our campus each year.

Program participation includes life-enriching experiences that continue to reinforce the worldwide belief that music and the arts provide a tangible positive impact upon our communities and all youth.

This is achieved through studying, learning, exploring and interacting with their peers, our staff, gifted instructors, mentors and some of the world’s greatest musicians who contribute time and energy to our programs.

Financial and in-kind support of American Jazz Museum education programs impacts a significant number of students each year, by inculcating and reinforcing positive ethics and constructive values.

Our programs are designed to encourage participants to grow as individuals, become more engaged in their communities and serve as the next generation of ambassadors for music and the arts.


Contributions are always welcome.

Education programs at the American Jazz Museum have been generously supported by the Martha Lee Cain Tranby Music Enrichment Trust, Francis Family Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Sprint, Macy’s, NTDF, National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC, the Black Community Fund among others.  

Thank you for your support.



The Open Rehearsal Program is an American Jazz Museum Education Department offering that gives community musical organizations and performing arts organizations the opportunity to perform rehearsals and concerts in a public space before an audience.

An Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the musical ensembles at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished for public performances by the ensemble leader and the musicians. Bring a lunch, get a cold drink from the Swing Shop and listen to the music. Tour the museums after the Open Rehearsal.
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Brownell-Talbot High School Jazz Band from Nebraska ( performs in the museum atrium as part of the AJM Open Rehearsal Program. American Jazz Museum CEO Greg Carroll gave an impromptu clinic and master class to the group (see video) that was well received by the students and their band director. He also sat in on vibes, drums and piano.

Gary Lausier and the FMO (“For Members Only”) Big Band had a great turn out who enjoyed the band’s participation in the AJM Open Rehearsal Program. See more photographs here.

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Interested in your group performing a concert or rehearsing in the atrium as part of the AJM OPEN REHEARSALS PROGRAM? Contact the American Jazz Museum at 816-474-8463.


CHRISTIAN McBRIDE gives a Master Class as part of our annual jazz and blues festival activities and event

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE giving a Master Class as part of our annual jazz and blues festival programs.