Taking place in the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, the Jazz 4 Kids monthly concert series provides a fun-filled and unique cultural experience for Junior and Middle School students (K-8) for students in the Greater Toronto Area. Children enjoy interactive concerts by outstanding professional musicians from a range of cultural backgrounds who encourage and inspire creativity through music to foster an appreciation for musical arts. Since 2007, more than 1,500 children are have participated in this community program.
The Jazz 4 Kids teaching artists are all award-winning performers and composers, as well as experienced educators. With a breadth of knowledge and skills in presenting material about music and culture to children, these artists present engaging workshops that feature performance, demonstration, interaction, and audience participation. Currently our roster of presenters include Cadence, Mark “Bird” Stafford and The Vaudevillian.
Following the workshop, students receive a tour of the radio station, including the recordings library, programming department, production studios, and broadcast technology room. Students learn about a variety of concepts including journalism, communication, broadcasting, technology, the history of radio, and careers related to music and radio. Participants have a chance to meet radio personalities and learn about the skills required to host a radio show.
You can read feedback from teachers who have attended Jazz 4 Kids events recently here.
To schedule a concert or for more information, interested educators are encouraged to contact Community Outreach and Education Director Michael Booth at 416-595-0404 ext.234 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are proud to give selection priority to schools from under serviced areas of the GTA.
We would like to acknowledge funding support from the McLean Foundation.
We are always striving to make our programs as impactful as possible. To that end, we request evaluations from all participating teachers to so that we can learn about what we are doing well and what we can do to improve the program. Here is some recent feedback that we have received:
I can tell you, from the feedback the students provided both on the return trip to school and afterwards, that the trip to your beautiful radio station was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. They really loved the interactive set provided by Sophia and her amazing jazz players. The fact that the students were encouraged to sing and perform along was a huge bonus, and the tour of the facility was greatly appreciated as they had never seen the inside of a real live radio station before.
Thanks again for a wonderful time, and I hope to bring more students in the near future.
—Teacher Mike D., who attended in October, 2017
Thanks so much for inviting us to JazzFM. The students really enjoyed your musical guests, Cadence; they really knew how to play the crowd. And thanks for the tour around the facilities. It was great for us to “listen” “under the hood”, and see how a radio station runs.
—Teacher Hartley H., who attended in January, 2017
Our Grade 3 students had a great time visiting the Jazz FM studio on a field trip yesterday. Our students especially loved meeting Sophia Perlman in person since we had listened to her music in class before coming! The workshop at Jazz FM was informative, engaging and fun for the students. It was a good mix of activities and the students learned a lot. It was great for them to see the performers perform and learn about their instruments too. Thank you David, Sophia, Adrian and Ross!
—Julie and Christine, who attended in June, 2016
My students and myself were so engaged in the tour of the studio, meeting Jazz FM celebrities and learning about Jazz from Sophia Perlman and her trio. We enjoyed each of the aspects of the afternoon, but I think my students were captured by Sophia Perlman’s enthusiastic attitude and her inclusivity of them and their ideas. They learned about Jazz, but also realized that Jazz is Fun, it speaks to your heart and allows you to creatively express your thoughts through music.
—Teacher Sonya M, who attended in April, 2016
“Our grade 1s and 2s were very excited to be the audience for such an intimate concert. They enjoyed the opportunity to hear from and interact with career musicians, while also having the chance to contribute input for the performance . Our hosts created an environment where the students were comfortable taking part as performers themselves. The children gained insight into how jazz and improvisation can work, when we allow ourselves to be open-minded and creative.”
—Teacher Katharine M, who attended in March, 2016
“My class really enjoyed the various parts of our visit. The performance and interactive workshop was engaging, energetic and completely age-appropriate. The musicians put on a great show for the kids. They were dynamic and exciting. They did a wonderful job responding to the students’ about their musical journeys and how hard they’ve worked for success. They truly demonstrated the importance of collaboration, initiative and creativity as lifelong learning skills. The tour of the station also made quite the impact on my students.”
—Teacher Sherri F, who attended in Jan, 2016
“The students had an absolutely wonderful time being exposed to jazz and contemporary music of the world. Students were engaged, energized and gained an appreciation for another genre of music. Particularly the students enjoyed seeing the music live in an intimate setting, with working musicians. The opportunity to be engaged with musicians and get a sense of the potential opportunities that are present in the field of music was fantastic. We look forward to future opportunities such as this.”
—Teacher Dino F., who attended in May 2013
“As a teacher I was impressed with the caliber of the concert. The show was age appropriate and very engaging. The length of the show was perfect. Some of the kids remarked that their parents listen to the station at home. It’s important to expose children to many different experiences. Many of the kids (our) school come from lower income families. Some of my students may have limited opportunities for enrichment outside of school for whatever reasons. Today one of my students may have been inspired to pick up a guitar, a bass or the violin and embark on the magical experience that is music. Thanks Jazz FM!”
—Teacher Fiona B., who attended in April 2013
“I have brought two groups of students from this school, and know that they loved the experience. Watching the band up close allowed them to really check out each instruments’ contribution to the music. The performers were generous and present, genuinely interested in sharing with the students.”
—Teacher Marci M., who attended in April 2012
“It was a great opportunity for the students to attend a show performed by top quality musicians, something that they probably would not have been able to do otherwise. Not only did they learn the proper etiquette of being a member of the audience, they were also exposed, probably for the first time in their lives, to genres of music that would not have been accessible to them through mainstream media. It was truly a wonderful, educational, and entertaining experience that I am sure the students gained a lot from and will remember for a long time to come.”
—Teacher Roger C., who attended in May 2013
“My students were in awe. They told me that they acted in a respectful way because they wanted to show their appreciation to the musicians. They had not had the opportunity for such an up and close encounter with “real” musicians. The show was interactive with clapping along and having volunteers play along; clapping the melody to songs like Spiderman was challenging at their level. It was absolutely wonderful and perfect just the way it was. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”
—Teacher Lisa S., who attended in April 2013