Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Education Programs

For over half a century now, Monterey Jazz Festival has been changing lives through jazz education. We invite you to join us in our efforts to perpetuate America's music with your support of our innovative series of year-round Jazz Education Programs, which reach 3,000 students annually in Monterey County, nationally and internationally.

Next Generation Jazz Festival
Every spring, Monterey Jazz Festival invites the top student musicians from across the country and around the world to participate in the Virtual 50th Next Generation Jazz Festival, April 3-9, 2020.

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra selects the top high school musicians to act as jazz ambassadors, representing Monterey to the world on domestic and international tours.

Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo
The Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo is a parallel of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. The Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo will be a small ensemble comprised of a select group of top high school young women jazz players from throughout the United States.

Digital Music Education Project on SoundCloud
Based on the benefits of students “listening to learn,” Monterey Jazz Festival's Digital Music Education Project on SoundCloud allows internet access to interviews with top artists, including their recommendations of music every jazz player and fan should experience, as well as interviews and conversations from the Monterey Jazz Festival. It also includes recent conversations with leading jazz artists from the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Monterey Jazz in the Schools
For one week a month during the school year, Monterey Jazz Festival sends top professional musicians and vocalists as traveling clinicians to work with students in classrooms throughout Monterey County, helping them develop their jazz skills.

Monterey County Honor Ensembles
The Monterey County High School All-Star Band, Middle School Honor Band and High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble are comprised of the top young jazz musicians from Monterey County.

Monterey Jazz Festival and Japan
Our education programs have long served as experiential learning musical laboratories, both in the classroom and “on the road.” Nanao, on the Noto Peninsula in Japan, shares a sister city relationship with Monterey as well as a namesake jazz festival, and the life-changing educational opportunities that the Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto provides—both musical and cultural—have been part of Monterey Jazz Festival's unique approach to the education of young musicians in our County Honor Bands and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra since the late 1980s.

Summer Jazz Camp
Every year since 1984, Monterey Jazz Festival hosts students from across the country in our intensive Summer Jazz Camp, with day camp and overnight residency options.

Artist-In-Residence Program
Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence works year-round with young musicians in performances and clinics at our Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2020, the Artist-in-Residence is Christian Sands.

Big Band Composition Competition / Gerald Wilson Award
Each year at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Big Band Composition Competition is open to student composers.

Instrument Bank / Sheet Music Library
Monterey Jazz Festival created its Instrument Bank and Sheet Music Library to provide top quality instruments, charts, books and learning tools to participating schools, ensembles and teachers in Monterey County.

Berklee-Monterey Scholarships and Groups
Since 1996, Berklee College of Music and Monterey Jazz Festival have collaborated on the presentation of the Jimmy Lyons full-tuition scholarship to Berklee, and the presentation of performances by groups at the Festival from Berklee.

Each year, the Paul Vieregge Production Internship selects an outstanding college student who assists the staff of Monterey Jazz Festival during the summer months and through the Festival.