Our education programs are proudly supported in memory of John McKellen.

Harlem is the cradle of jazz culture and the home to the Museum’s diverse resources . Our archives, recordings and live performances engage and stimulate our community’s children, students and seniors, many of whom are big jazz fans. For these seniors, jazz has been a part of the fabric of their lives, and many have firsthand memories of the great jazz artists who performed here.

Our GUIDED GROUP VISITS are designed to suit the needs of the visiting group of children, teens, special needs populations and others from around the city.  Our Visitors Center can accommodate up to 35 visitors for a one-hour program that can include a performance, a film, a lecture demonstration, or a lesson in jazz history to compliment school curriculum.

K – Grade 4:

Oom Bop Sh’Bam  – A fun introduction to jazz, Oom Bop Sh’Bam uses improvisation, scat singing, and bebop to foster creativity, self-confidence and self-expression, and is designed for students in grade K-5.


Grades 5-8: 

Born in Harlem – This program engages teens and adults by looking at the musical and cultural innovations that were born in Harlem during the first half of the 20th century. For our 5-8th grade groups we allow you to choose an area of focus that will best complement your curriculum and wishes. Poetry, technology, visual art or democracy can be selected as the focus of your visit. Through this topic, we will explore the rich musical heritage of Harlem and provide participants with an opportunity to interact with the music while reinforcing literacy, self-confidence and the cultural importance of  jazz.


Grades 9-12:

Born in Harlem – This program engages teens and adults by looking at the musical and cultural innovations that were born in Harlem during the first half of the 20th century. This interactive presentation will engage students in the discussion of civil rights, jazz, freedom and creativity. Students will learn about how jazz functioned within our society from its origins through today.



Join us as we explore the rich cultural and musical history of Harlem and listen to classic recordings and watch historic videos. We conclude with a look at jazz in Harlem today, provide you with an introduction to the current exhibit and advise on continuing your visit to Harlem with self-guided walking tour brochures.


Please contact Ryan Maloney at for more information.

Recent Groups We Have Hosted:

  • 92Y Music Industry Summer Session
  • The Canaan Senior Center
  • A. Phillip Randolph Senior Center
  • Abyssinian Development Corporation Senior Center
  • Growing Minds NY
  • Classic Tours- Renaissance Singles Senior group
  • Peace Corps Fellows Program
  • University of New Brunswick Department of History
  • Behind the Book
  • Harlem Success Academy 2
  • SMART University
  • Hostos Community College
  • Striving on Strength- Pre-Vocational Habilitation Program
  • Harlem Promise Academy
  • Oasis Summer Camp
  • LifeSpire
  • Fort Greene Council
  • Keynote Music Center
  • Boys and Girls Harbor
  • Brooklyn School of Languages
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