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We’re bringing Jazz to a new generation of New Yorkers, ages 2-7 years old!

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What to Expect

Due to the current regulations of social distancing we will be continuing the Jitterbugs classes as planned, but online via Zoom. We are happy to present our online program for families with kids 2-7 years old. Each event is a stand-alone class which will feature two instructors who lead the children through interactive music games. The children will get to know Jazz through storytelling, movement, listening and playing with instruments.

Classes are about 30 minutes long and are structured as a child-adult experience.

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Online Zoom Classes

The price is $15 per family.
Classes will be held online, on Sundays via Zoom.

Information on how to join the classes will be provided in an email before the event, with a video link and a password.

Summer Class Schedule

JUNE 14: Jazz Improvisation

We will explore one of the most important and unique aspects of Jazz music: Improvisation! What does it mean? How does it sound? How does it make Jazz different from other types of music?

Guest Artist: Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen

JULY 12: Brazilian Jazz

Brazilian jazz is one of the most influential and important types of Jazz. Let’s learn about music from Brazil and hear a Brazilian Jazz artist play some authentic tunes and Brazilian instruments, exploring the world of percussion sounds and sounds of the forest!

Guest Artist: Percussionist Valtinho Anastacio

AUGUST 16: Jazz Rhythm Section

What is Rhythm, or Jazz Rhythm Section? We will introduce Duke Ellington (AKA “Duck Ellington”) and learn about this influential composer, pianist, and bandleader and talk about jazz bands, big and small.

Guest Artist: TBA

SEPTEMBER 13: Latin Jazz

We will focus on music from Latin America, specifically Cuban and Puerto Rican. We will have a visit from the Jazz Fly and hear about his journey to the Jungle, exploring exciting rhythms and sounds.

Guest Artist: Pianist Pablo Mayor

Meet the Educator!

Each event will feature the brilliant instructor Jody Redhage Ferber! Jody is a Jazz and Classical cellist with a background in early childhood education! She will be accompanied by various Guest Artists in the Jitterbugs classes!

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Jody Redhage Ferber

Jody teaches what she does as a creative artist to people of all ages.

Her energetic approach to teaching emphasizes listening, hands-on music-making, and the strong conviction that with support and encouragement, everyone can be a creative artist.

Apart from her experience as a cellist, composer and vocalist, she leads a multi-disciplinary poetry & songwriting workshop.

Guest Artists

Every class, Jody will focus on different themes, important to Jazz music.

To make these themes come alive, she will invite guest artists to accompany her throughout the Jitterbugs class.

Together Jody and the guest will explore instruments, sounds and various Jazz styles and approaches to the music!

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!