Music education fosters the development of critical thinking skills and the necessary confidence and tools for self-expression. The social benefits of the arts, both to children and adults, are well documented.

Our community initiatives focus on developing innovative ways to actively engage communities with music. They are supported by musicians, educators and volunteers who dedicate their time to teach and entertain students each year by providing expertise and guidance while creating a positive environment to help participants find their musical confidence and voice.

Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, each year thousands of enthusiastic participants and emerging artists gain experience in music and broadcasting.

Our programs


A weekly radio show on JAZZ.FM91, featuring students from post-secondary jazz programs.

JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band

This professional-level, 20-member jazz ensemble is made up of youth ages 12 to 18. There are weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the year, with auditions for the band held each September. We also coordinate the JAZZ.FM91 Seminar Big Band, a similar ensemble but for younger students who are developing their skills.

Jazz 4 Kids

Classrooms from kindergarten to high school are invited to our station to learn about jazz music and radio and to experience a performance/workshop led by expert educator-musicians.

Music Therapy

This program is designed to deliver jazz-oriented, weekly music therapy sessions to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Sessions are led by award-winning musician, music therapist and educator Aaron Lightstone with help from Discovery Through the Arts members.

Discover Women in Jazz

In partnership with the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts, this program is designed to promote, champion and inspire women’s contributions to jazz as instrumentalists, writers, vocalists and bandleaders.


JAZZ.FM91 offers a range of scholarships and bursaries that support youth development and achievement in our community.

Other educational resources

Jazz appreciation courses

Classes in jazz history and music appreciation are offered throughout the year at the station.

Music Business Seminars

JAZZ.FM91 presents highly informative, day-long seminars for musicians and music workers interested in increasing their music business knowledge base.

Canadian Jazz Archive Online

Brought to you by JAZZ.FM91 with the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through Canadian Culture Online, this website is the most comprehensive collection of Canadian jazz resources currently available online, including:

  • selections of archived performances from 30 years of the JAZZ.FM91 Sound of Jazz concert series
  • biographies and a chronology of artists who performed in the Sound of Jazz concerts over the decades
  • in-depth documentaries on some iconic Canadian jazz artists
  • fun, classroom-ready teaching tools

…and a wealth of engaging aural, visual and textual material that will appeal to artists, educators, students, and jazz enthusiasts.