The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has several educational programs. Some are hands-on music instruction for kids. Others engage adults and kids in meaningful dialogue about history, culture and business.

The Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music is our longest-running education program. A free after-school music program for kids ages 11 to 17, it teaches the fundamentals of jazz performance and theory in a classroom setting. Students also get numerous opportunities throughout the year to perform for the public, including at Jazz Fest. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the school year on the campus of Dillard University. Visit the Heritage School of Music page for enrollment information.

The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band is our newest music education initiative. This collaboration with the famed Preservation Hall teaches youngsters, ages 9 to 14, how to perform in a traditional New Orleans brass band—the historical repertoire of hymns and dirges, the history and theory behind the music, and performance technique (including marching in parades). The program is free but has limited enrollment.

Our Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series delves into the history of New Orleans culture and the ways our artists have responded to the world around them. Currently, the series consists of two annual events: a major day-long symposium in November that brings together scholars in African Diaspora studies along with the general public for a succession of enlightening talks—with our Congo Square Rhythms Festival on the following day; and a keynote presentation in March by leading figures in African American arts and letters.

The Sync Up conference is an educational and business development event for the entertainment industry held during Jazz Fest. The focus is on three main areas: the international music festival market; licensing music to film, TV and videogames; and using new technologies to promote and sell music in the digital age. Admission is free. Visit the Sync Up conference page to find out more, and register to attend.

School Day at the Fest gives 1,500 elementary and middle school students a memorable field trip to Jazz Fest complete with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner-workings of the event.


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