Indiana Jazz Masters in the Schools was founded in 2004, offering a series of free programs to elementary schools in Monroe and surrounding counties, with preference given to rural schools. Each program features a group of five professional musicians who introduce the elements of swing and improvisation as well as a series of jazz masters through interactive performances, skits, images, and presentations.

A curriculum guide for the teachers with lesson plans for preparing the students as well as follow up on the program is also available.

The series is organized by the talented jazz musician and IU faculty member, Monika Herzig, and sponsored by grants, donations to B’Town Jazz, and the generous support of the Musician’s Union.