Explore this music in the cradle of jazz culture, Harlem!

Our hands-on educational tours and workshops invite participants of all ages to engage deeply with jazz history and the timeless lessons of creativity and collaboration that jazz has to offer. 

Organizing a field trip for your school, organization, or visiting New York City from out of town?  

We offer workshops and tours for pre-k through adult learners.  


These programs were developed with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 


Jazz Artist Exploration

Sing, dance, and learn! Students will be introduced to either Ella Fitzgerald or Louis Armstong. (45 minutes)

Audience: Pre-K
Cost: $10/person plus + one $35 booking fee

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Joining the Band

Does your class have what it takes to join the band? Students will visit an instrument petting zoo, learn about the rules of music, and understand how to be a good band member. (45 minutes)

Audience: Kindergarden or 1st Grade
Cost: $10/person plus + one $35 booking fee

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Oom Bop Sh’Bam

Students actively engage with music in this fun introduction to jazz. We explore improvisation and scat singing to foster creativity, build self-confidence, and learn about ourselves and others. Students will learn about jazz performers and composers, while having a chance to perform themselves. (60 minutes)

Audience: Pre-K to 3rd Grade
Cost: $10/person plus $35 booking fee

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Born in Harlem

 An in-depth look at creativity and civil rights during the Jazz Age and beyond. Learn about NY State History with a multifaceted look at cultural changes in Harlem after the Great Migration. Students actively engage with jazz as they explore the development and transformation of American culture. By the end of the workshop students will be able to identify artists, writers, musicians, song titles, and composers associated with the Jazz Age in Harlem. (60 minutes)

Audience: All ages
Cost: $10/person plus + one $35 booking fee

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Changes in Society

Explore the ways people respond to changes in society through a close look at jazz, black music, and American culture in post WWI Harlem. Students will use primary sources to better understand what life was like 100 years ago and how young black geniuses shared ideas that changed the world.(60 minutes)

Audience: 7th to 11th Grade
Cost: $10/person plus + one $35 booking fee

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Jazz Ambassadors

During the Cold War American jazz musicians traveled around the world as cultural ambassadors for the US State Department. Notable musicians involved in the program included Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck. Examine primary sources to discover how a country can change its image both domestically and internationally. (60 minutes)

Audience: High School Students, College Students, and Adults
Cost: $10/person plus + one $35 booking fee

Jazz Hands

A fun hands on introduction to jazz. This unique program includes an instrument petting zoo and an interactive presentation full of jazz recordings and videos of jazz singers and dancers. Participants of all ages and abilities are encouraged to dance, sing, and have a great time.

Audience: For visitors with developmental and learning disabilities and those on the Autism spectrum
Cost: $10/person plus + one $35 booking fee

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Add a Boost to Any Program!!

  • Live Music Boost: Add a 30-minute musical demonstration to your workshop with a trio of professional jazz artists. Cost: $500
  • All-Star Boost: Get insider access with Senior Scholar Loren Schoenberg, or one of our Co-artistic Directors Christian McBride or Jonathan Batiste. These very special host options are based on availability, therfore please allow for 3 months advance booking. Cost: $700


  • $10 per student
  • $35 booking fee
  • We accept credit, debit, and checks.
  • Payment must be received in full, 2 weeks before your reservation.
  • Are you a Title I School? Alternative pricing is available.


Contact Sam Ginsberg

Call: 212-348-8300 x103



  • 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

*Our programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State.