Welcome to Jitterbugs: Jazz for Kids!

This is a Jazz program for kids 2-7 years. Programs run for six weeks each Spring and Fall, and during the summer we host free outdoors events. Learn more below!

Become Part of the Jitterbugs Family!

Jazz Forum Arts’ Jitterbugs program explores the culture, history, and sounds of Jazz and Jazz music. We help kids understand important musical concepts and learn about innovative artists who paved the way for jazz to flourish and develop as a unique art form to this day.

Join our program for inspiring and educational family fun!

Neal Jitterbugs Summer

Summer Concert Special

We’re back in the park! Join Jitterbugs in Dobbs Ferry this summer, as a part Jazz Forum Arts’ free outdoor Summer Concert series!

The Dobbs Ferry series will include a pre-concert program for kids up to 10 years old. The Jitterbugs program is led by Neal Spitzer, Early Childhood Educator and Jazz Musician. 

Free to attend • 8 Wednesdays starting July 6 • Starts at 5:30pm

Join The Jitterbugs: Jazz for Kids Program

Program Start: October 15th!

Classes are held at a real jazz club: The Jazz Forum in Tarrytown!

We work hard to ensure that all kids, regardless of age, background or musical experience, feel welcome to our program. Join the Jitterbugs family today!

About the Classes

  • For all kids 2-7 years old
  • Six Saturday mornings at 10-10:45am
  • Dates: Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19
  • One ticket per child required
  • Class attendance of caretakers is obligatory
  • No previous experience needed
  • COVID vaccination required for adults
  • Award-winning quality: Watch the video!

Family Testimonials

“Anyone with a child that is interested in music, this is the place to start”
– Jerrilyn

“Neal is very talented, so we’re learning a lot and we’re having a lot of fun”
– Chris

“Since we started, our son has really blossomed in his love for music”
– Jen

Get To Know Our Guest Artists​

Melissa Stylianou, Vocalist

Melissa will be joining us for our class on American Songbook.

Learn more on their website

Pablo Mayor, Pianist

Pablo will be joining us for our class on World Music.

Learn more on their website

Anitra Brooks, Multi-instrumentalist

Anitra will be joining us for our class on R&B Soul.

Learn more on their website

Scholarships Available

Contact jitterbugs@jazzforumarts.org for more information!

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Hover mouse/tap image to read more about Neal's musical background!

Neal Spitzer

Neal Spitzer has a degree in Jazz Performance from The New School as well as a Masters of Education from Teacher’s College. He initially worked as a consultant for the NYC Board Of Education with residencies in over 120 different schools throughout the five boroughs. This led to a full time gig for two years as a general music teacher at PS16 in the Bronx.

From there, Neal went on to run the Elementary Band Program at Washington Irving Public School in Tarrytown, NY for eighteen years. His student ensembles were featured at many events including being accompanied by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall!!

Neal, Early Childhood Educator

Neal Spitzer has had the honor to play with many of our jazz legends including Jimmy Cobb, Milt Hinton and Bakhiti Kumalo. His groups have toured North America and Europe!

Contact us

(914) 631-1000


Our Mission Statement

Jazz Forum Arts is a 501©3, not-for-profit arts presenting organization whose mission is to present top-quality events to the public at little or no cost, while enhancing the appreciation of Jazz, America’s preeminent indigenous musical art form.

Part of our mission is to welcome and engage people of all ages to have a hands on experience of Jazz.

Mark Morganelli and Ellen Prior at the Jazz Forum - FEB 9 19 2019 by John Abbott
Ellen and Mark, founders of Jazz Forum Arts

Donate to the Program

As a non-profit organization we depend on your support to keep our community programs afloat!

Donations are optional and completely tax deductible.

Thank you for bringing smiles to the kids in our community!


Thanks everyone who joined our free Jitterbugs summer concerts events!

Together we played, danced, listened to and leant about Jazz together. We plan to be back again next year. Until then, check out our new 6-week in-person program that will be hosted at the Jazz Forum Club!

Also big thanks to our music educator Matt Buttermann, the Village of Dobbs Ferry and everyone else who made this summer series possible!

See you next summer!

July 7, Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park