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Kansas City Jazz Academy

Hands-On Performance

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.

Spring session begins on January 14, 2017 and take place in the Gem Theater from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Registration is required.




Student Jam Session

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 Kansas City’s Elder Statesmen will be on hand to offer encouragement and make the most of the teachable moments that occur.

Jam sessions take place in the Blue Room every Saturday when Kansas City Jazz Academy is in session from 3:00-5:00 pm.


Elementary Grades and Toddler & Family Classes

The Academy offers general music classes designed to: 

  • Teach families about the core concepts, instruments and great performers of jazz.
  • Utilize improvisation, movement, play, art, story and song to explore the jazz experience.
  • Promote and develop an understanding and appreciation of jazz as a true part of American Culture.

Classes for ages 3-6 begin at 9 a.m. and classes for ages 7-12 begin at 10 a.m. Classes are one hour. Spring session begins on January 14, 2017. Registration is required.