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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

Students will 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. Up and coming local players, seasoned veteran musicians and top national artists will be part of the experience.  Classes take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 



Student Jam Sessions

Jam sessions hold a time-honored place in the development of young jazz musicians. This education-oriented jam session will provide a low-risk setting for students to get their first experiences at “sitting in.” Jazz educators, professional musicians and mentors including will be on hand to offer encouragement and make the most of the teachable moments that occur. 3:00- 5:00 p.m. Saturdays






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 Arlene Walker 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 Bill McKemy or call us at (816)474-8463 to book a tour.






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 2016.

Registration info for the 2017 festival will be available in January 2017.