The AJW’s mission is to perform for and with public school students in order to encourage their participation in band, orchestra, and choir programs; to uphold and promote the American jazz tradition; and, to enhance quality of life for all ages through live performances employing area musicians and collaborations with school ensembles and nonprofit organizations in central Texas.
One of the most exciting moments of the Austin Jazz Workshop project occurs when the musician enters the music classroom. In this more intimate setting, children have an opportunity to ask questions and witness firsthand the joy and dedication a professional brings to jazz performance. Children are encouraged to become active participants in the process of music-making themselves through school band, orchestra, and choir programs available in middle school.
For the 2021-22 school year, the AJW will present Takin’ Off! With Herbie Hancock. The workshop materials, posted below for optional download, enable teachers to prepare your classes for the two songs that will be sung in this year’s workshops and assembly performances. Your clinician will teach the songs during their session, so any preparation before that is optional on your part.