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.

Jazz Masters in the Schools continues in 2020-21!

B’Town Jazz is grateful for a generous grant from the Smithville Foundation in support of the Indiana Jazz Masters in the Schools program under the direction of Monika Herzig.

A series of videos showcasing Indiana jazz history and including interactive segments on the elements of jazz will be created for use by elementary schools in Indiana. The videos, with curriculum guidelines, will be hosted on the Indiana Entertainment Foundation website as well as linked to here. With the current limitations to in-person visits, the videos will support teachers with needed teaching materials and information. Monika’s group will also lead a series of virtual clinics for high schools, supported by the Musician’s Union.

For more information on the Indiana Jazz Masters in the Schools program, contact Monika Herzig at mherzig at indiana.edu.