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Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

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SheBop

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females

Description

CCJA's SheBop program gives young female jazz musicians high quality educational experiences in an environment that gives them a sense of belonging and community, a safe place to explore their artistic selves, and extra support and enlarged context for the role of women in jazz.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Testimonials from participants:
"Being in the SheBop program has made me realize that this is the first time I really feel like I have a safe place where I belong."

"It's amazing to feel the support of the SheBop mentors and other girls. I feel understood."

"SheBop is giving me the confidence to express myself as a musician."

KinderBop

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Single Parents

Description

KinderBop is a multi-modal music program that encourages the growth, development, literacy, and creativity of young children. By participating in a variety of musical, joyful, play-centered activities, children develop critical social skills, bond with their families, build confidence, and lay a foundation for a soulful life.

Children ages 18 months - 5 years, along with their parent/caretaker, participate in storytelling, singing, movement, percussion, and improvisation within a jazz context in developmentally appropriate groupings. The very nature of jazz and improvisation facilitates creative play and self-discovery while learning to cooperate with and listen to others.

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Evidence of Program's Success

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Jazz Arts Voices

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21

Description

More than just an inspiring 16-piece mixed vocal ensemble, the Jazz Arts Voices is a meaningful musical experience! Vocalists receive the experience of working on jazz improvisation and ensemble singing and coupled with the performance of fantastic vocal arrangements, allows vocalists to find and hone in on their individual voice and style. There's nothing quite like singing those tight harmonies in a fun and supportive group.

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Evidence of Program's Success

One of our students is from South America, and has always dreamed of learning to sing jazz. Recently the Jazz Arts Voices were recording in a professional studio, and he exuberantly proclaimed that his dream had come true, and gratefully explained that he never could have imagined being able to have such an opportunity until he found CCJA.

Small Group Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
General Public/Unspecified
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

CCJA's core program groups students from all over the metro area in small (7-9 piece) jazz ensembles*, who are directed by professional musician mentors. These mentors are all accomplished professional musicians, who have a wealth of real experience to share with students. These ensembles meet weekly (in 3 ten-week sessions) to rehearse, play, and perform together as they study jazz improvisation, technique, style, theory, and history. Students are also given opportunities to compose and arrange for their groups.

For some students, the program serves as a tool for exploring jazz as a college major and/or a career path. For others, it is a great way to connect and play with other students who have an interest in the music. For everyone, it is a path to further self-expression through music. Over the past twelve years, the program has attracted amazing young players who have become integral players in their respective school groups, members of All-State Jazz Band, and recipients of impressive scholarships to major music programs across the country. Students have also connected with other players through CCJA and have formed working bands.


* CCJA also has a special 12-piece Latin Jazz Ensemble (one of the only ones in the region for teens!) In the Winter and Spring, there is also an audition only CCJA Big Band that performs at local festivals.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"I am also very, very grateful to you both, and all the folks in the CCJA family, both faculty and staff, for your efforts to keep Jazz alive for young people. CCJA is such a great program; my son usually SINGS me the songs his group played, on the car ride home after his weekly rehearsal...
All this is a lot of work, I know. I was involved in event planning for many years, and I know how hard it is to coordinate rehearsals, room scheduling, parking, press, computers, registrations, advertising, etc., etc. It's easy to let these things get in the way of the music. BUT, CCJA manages to coordinate all these things, seemingly effortlessly, and young adults get to enjoy, experience, play, and learn to love jazz. For all of this I can only say thanks, thanks, thanks."

"You have made a world of difference to so many young students and I could not be more grateful. CCJA has without a doubt made me the musician I am today and I could not thank you both enough!"

Community Outreach Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
General Public
Physically Disabled nec
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

CCJA's primary Educational Outreach involves our Professional Musician Mentors, Alumni, and current program young musicians visiting public and private schools, retirement homes,and other community organizations to perform the following educational activities:

Clinics and Workshops - we design each one to address the specific needs of each school. They can help the bands prepare for a performance, or present clinics on specific topics such as improvisation, jazz style & technique, jazz history, listening, etc.

Performances - for either just the music students, or for the whole student body at general assemblies at schools, and for groups at nursing homes, etc. Sometimes we also perform as guest artists at a school's jazz band concerts or special events such as district festivals.

Peer Mentoring - Some of CCJA's more advanced students and alumni assist with rehearsals, playing with school bands, working with students privately on-site, running sectionals, etc. Students are often more motivated when they see someone close to their own age working on mastering the skills they themselves are striving to achieve. Generally, we have high school mentors work with middle school students, and college level alumni work with high schools.

After School Program - In certain areas or schools, there is either not a jazz program offered, or the program needs a boost, and we are able to set up an on-site after-school small group program. This also seems to be the best way to offer jazz experiences to young musicians in underserved areas, as we have found there are often challenges around transportation and other support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Comments by music teachers in schools we've worked with:
"I just wanted to say thank you for inviting me and my students and comping our tickets. It was definitely the most powerful experience they have had in their little Jazz lives. Over and over they refer to that evening as a turning point in what they thought they knew."

"Thanks again for coming yesterday. My students were practically giddy today and were very motivated by your performance and help. I look forward to another chance to have you in."

"I would just like to take a last moment to thank you and the other musicians for your work with Niver Creek Jazz and Nothin' but Treble yesterday. Our students were very impressed by your group's artistry and I am very appreciative that you were all so accessible for our students. I will be letting our music colleagues at other schools know what an outstanding musical experience this was for our students. With sincerest gratitude."


Summer Jazz Boot Camp

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21

Description

Each June we host a Jazz Boot Camp: Improvisation and Technique Intensive for all levels of teenage jazz players.
This camp features:
- Leveled theory classes that focus on learning and playing
- Multi-topic master classes featuring some of the region's most outstanding clinicians
- Small group playing focusing on improvisation, led by incredible professional musicians
- Faculty performances
The student/faculty ratio averages 6:1, and many of our college aged alumni also act as near peer mentors. The camp ends with a public performance showcasing small improvisation groups.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"The impact this camp had on my son was incredible, and long-lasting. It completely changed the way he looks at music, and he is determined to make it a priority in his life, and strive to become a better musician. He also lives far away from other musicians his age, and now he has made connections that will help him not feel so isolated."

Jazz in the Sangres Camp & Youth Jazz Fest

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
General Public

Description

This camp is unlike any other around! Forty student musicians spend 5 days immersed in music with six world class musicians, playing in both small groups and a big band at the foot of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains in the community of Westcliffe, CO. In addition there are concerts, jam sessions, master classes, performances, and activities. The faculty to student ratio is 6:1, and students have access to the faculty for 12 -15 hours a day, allowing for individual attention and personalized instruction. On the last day, participants host and perform in a Youth Jazz Festival, with two different stages featuring more than 10 different youth performing groups. The festival is free and open to the public.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!!!!
Chris and Paul and THE AMAZING INSTRUCTORS!!!!
[My son] has never been so happy, inspired , and empowered! He loved every minute he was there! Thank you for all you do and please pass along to the others what a blessing they are to share their gifts!" - Parent of 2017 participant


"Thank you, thank you for making the experience happen for these kids. According to what he says and what I saw, you draw a unique group of young people who thrive on making music and living life. As a parent the experiences you provide are the opportunities I believe that help create a whole human being." Parent of 2012 participant

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