Jazz Institute of Chicago

Jazz Links Jazz Masters Residency/Professional Staff Development Program

Jazz Links Artists Residencies are designed to meet the needs of general music classes and working band programs from elementary schools to high schools.  The program brings some of Chicago's most sought-after jazz master artists into CPS classrooms for eight sessions.  It also provides professional staff development training for the music instructor.  

Programs include Women In Music/The Jazz Voice; Jazz Band Intensive; Swinging, Grooving and Beyond; and Jazzy Keys Piano Lab.

Jazz Institute of Chicago teaching artists are working with the following schools for the 2012-2013 school year:

School Music Teacher Program Teaching Artist
Northwest Middle School Madeleine Mollinedo Latin Jazz Reuben Alvarez
Lake View High School Jim Barbick Latin Jazz Reuben Alvarez
John T. McCutcheon Elmentary School Thelma Fitzgerald Jazzy Keys Piano Lab Roger Harris
Bronzeville Scholastic Institute Natalie Butler Beyond 5 Lines and 4 Spaces Mwata Bowden
Lincoln Park High School Philip Castleberry Swinging, Grooving, and Beyond Ernie Adams
Pritzker College Prep Benjamin Das Jazz Band Intensive Marquis Hill
Morgan Park Shemeka Nash Jazz Band Intensive Mwata Bowden
Curie Metro High School Percy Ian Torres    Jazz Band Intensive Ari Brown

302 students will study directly with the renowned professional musicians who comprise our Teaching Artist group.


The least likely group to experience jazz are 13-18 year olds.  

Jazz Links Residency programs build relationships between teachers, students, schools and musicians, and extend the natural chain of learning about, teaching and experiencing jazz.  This strengthens existing music programs and encourages the development of jazz programs in years to come.

The Jazz Institute of Chicago is determined that future generations continue to learn from jazz masters about this uniquely American art form and its unending evolution as a component of the students' musical development.

We salute the talent and dedication of music teachers who are in the classrooms every single day inspiring the next generation.

Quick Quiz

Question: Which of the following musicians attended Chicago Public Schools?
a)    Ramsey Lewis
b)    Nat King Cole
c)    Gene Ammons
d)    Von Freeman

Answer: All of the above!

For questions or any additional information regarding the Jazz Institute's JazzLinks Residency Program, please contact Diane Chandler-Marshall, JazzLinks Program Education Director at 312-427-1676 x 4.




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