VCU jazz faculty, staff and students spend much of their time working with organizations in the Richmond area and beyond to expand the jazz community and encourage youth to pursue their interests in music.
High school ensembles and jazz improvisation workshops allow young musicians to collaborate with other talented jazz students for large- and small-ensemble performances, as well as attend master classes conducted by VCU Jazz Studies faculty.
Middle and high school students have received performances and workshops with VCU Jazz faculty, students and alumni through Richmond CenterStage’s educational program Jazz 21: The Voice of Social Change. Through Partners in the Arts grants, VCU Jazz Studies faculty have joined with local schools to teach jazz elements and history to children. In addition, several adjunct faculty members have formed the Mary Morton Parson Jazz Masters to provide jazz instruction and appreciation for students throughout the Richmond region and beyond.
For more information about VCU Jazz Studies’ community programs, or to suggest future partnerships and initiatives, contact VCU Jazz Studies Director Antonio García.