Educational Outreach

CCJA faculty, alumni (now in college or beyond), and advanced current students visit schools to either perform for all or part of the student body or to work with music programs. CCJA plays for and with music students in their bands, acting as near-peer mentors. Specific topics are presented in a clinic format, and our faculty are happy to serve as Improvisation Coaches. If enough students in one school or area are interested, CCJA can also run after-school small groups on site. We are there to support  school music programs in whatever capacity we are needed.

The SLAM program, a branch of our educational outreach, is an intensive after-school mentoring project designed to provide personal support and inspiration to disadvantaged  students who have an interest in music. In this program, music is a medium through which teens develop self-awareness, discipline,  positive relationships, confidence, and life skills crucial to success in the 21st century. Students meet twice a week with both professional musician and near-peer (ages 19-24) mentors to work one-on-one and in small groups, both as an ensemble, and by instrument in order to focus on fundamentals.


CCJA in the Community

CCJA also performs in the community for a variety of events, including music festivals, non-profit fundraisers, retirement home concert series, church events, dances, conferences, etc. For more information, contact Paul Romaine, Artistic Director at paul@jazzarts.org