Music Education for Youth
The visual arts are only one component of our youth education programming. MCG Jazz’s School of Swing is an interactive jazz education event for elementary school students consisting of short performances by local jazz educators. Our exciting show has many audience participation components and our child-focused structure provided a unique and successful formula for a memorable and meaningful introductory jazz music experience.
For almost 20 years, Manchester Bidwell’s affiliated program, MCG Jazz, has been presenting School of Swing. Our innovative approach provides elementary school students with the opportunity to experience jazz music through an interactive concert and serves as an important component of the schools’ music curriculum. As part of our continuous improvement plan for early childhood and elementary level students, we provide supportive educational materials for each student and music educator. The concerts take place in May of each year both in our concert hall and on the road.