Our Programs

We are proud to present our education programs in Marion County schools at low to no cost so that everyone can experience the music. A special thanks to the Arthur Jordan Foundation & the Nicholas H. Noyes Jr., Memorial Foundation for helping us fulfill our mission to preserve this American art form, which celebrates freedom, equality and individual expression, through education initiatives.

We are currently looking for corporate sponsors and private donors to help fund these initiatives so that we can bring more performances and instruction into schools. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact erica@indyjazzfest.net

Jazz in the 21st Century

An audience-interactive jazz performance program designed for General audiences that takes the audience member through the history of jazz using a seven piece jazz ensemble, historic jazz film footage on two screens flanked on both sides of the ensemble, a poet to narrate, and dynamic lighting to enhance the performance experience. 

Jazz Impressions

A similar audience interactive jazz performance program to Jazz in the 21st century that is designed for elementary, middle school and high school students. This program is more focused on the construct of jazz and all the aspects that characterize the genre. 

The Jazz Futures

A jazz ensemble (curriculum-based program) of advanced music students from various high schools in the metropolitan area of Indianapolis. This ensemble rehearses every Sunday on the campus of IUPUI from 4PM to 6PM and performs from four to six concerts throughout the school year. The focus of this program is for students to learn and memorize jazz tunes, learn improvisation, learn basic jazz theory, and develop performance etiquette. 

The Jazz Master Class

A workshop clinic where professional musicians help develop a jazz ensemble at a particular elementary, middle, or high school. Typically this workshop clinic happens weekly and runs through an entire semester, to ensure that a new jazz ensemble gets going on the right foot, and that students are developing the appropriate skill set to become good jazz musicians.

Hot Jazz For Cool Kids

A program with the Marion County Public Library designed to bring jazz music to family audiences. This free program is held in January, February and March with performances this year from Bill Lancton, Premium Blend and the Sophie Faught Quartet.

The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is happy to provide discounted student tickets to select Indy Jazz Fest events!