The Austin Jazz Workshop is a unique project that brings professional jazz musicians directly into public school classrooms. Since incorporating as a nonprofit in 1994, the group has received rave reviews from educators, administrators, and kids across central Texas. The AJW visits over 120 campuses each year.
Arts involvement is a wonderful motivator encouraging children to stay committed and excel in school. The AJW’s primary mission is to remind students that music is fun, and something in which they can participate and excel.
We start early by reaching out to third, fourth, and fifth graders as they begin weighing the crucial choices that will shape their middle and high school years. Participation in band, orchestra, and choir increases their odds of staying in school–while at the same time developing skills and making lifelong friends within a positive peer group.