KidsJam at Berklee: Jazz for Kids and Other Humans
709 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA, 02118
1:00 Blues, Chops, and Axes
2:00 Finding the Groove
3:00 Scat for All
4:00 Jazz Cats
Using classic and contemporary jazz recordings, live music, and engaging techniques, students and faculty from the Music Education Department will lead children from two to 82 in four sessions at this year’s Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. KidsJam is a popular participatory education program provided to the Boston community by Berklee College of Music.
Some of Berklee’s most accomplished student musicians—music education students who are preparing for careers in leading school music programs—are guided by professors Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan as they conduct activities in which children move, sing, play, create, and respond to music.
Each session includes activities in which participants are engaged in musicmaking by creating and performing, active listening, and by responding to a story that is related to a musical idea or concept.
New this year: Budding musicians under age 15 are invited to participate in an open-mic performance. Sign-ups for the open-mic performances will be available in the KidsJam tent at the family park.