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The American Jazz Museum is a community hub for teens. Play jazz at a master level by participating in the Kansas City Jazz Academy hands-on performance training and student jam sessions. Pay it forward as a teen volunteer or intern. Hone your craft as a slam poet at the Louder Than a Bomb-Kansas City festival.  



Kansas City Jazz Academy

Learn the jazz language directly through hands-on work with top educators. Performance-based educational experiences are offered in Big Band, Combos, and Improvisation Classes. Designed for students in grades 7-12 with at least one year of experience playing their instrument at school, church, or elsewhere.

The next session begins September 1, 2018! Registration is now open.





Our engaging Museum tours bring Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington to life! Our tours are designed to work with teachers curricula and needs. Each Art Gallery exhibition has a unique tour designed to complement it. Admission discounts are offered for groups of 25 or more. Bringing a school band? Add an open rehearsal to your tour. The Open Rehearsal Program gives community musical groups and performing arts organizations the opportunity to perform rehearsals and concerts in a public space before an audience. It's a free add-on to your tour! Email Leola White or call us at (816)474-8463 to book a tour.





Classroom Outreach

Receive a Master Class for your middle school or high school band program provided by Kansas City jazz musicians! The Museum helps you design the Master Class, select musicians, and coordinates the booking for you. Email Marissa Baum (816) 895-8470 for more information.






Louder Than a Bomb - Kansas City

Louder Than a Bomb-KC invites high school students in the metro area to participate in a poetry competition in the popular slam format. The competition has grown from thirteen programs in its first year (2014) to twenty-one in 2016. Over 2,000 students and community members are expected to participate as audience members, adjudicators, advisers, and supporters in 2018.

Registration info for the 2018 festival will be available in January 2018.