Oakland Jazz Choir

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OJC  in the Schools

The Oakland Jazz Choir reaches out into the community by bringing vocal jazz into the Oakland public schools annually. *NOTE: The pandemic greatly affected our ability to continue our program but as soon as it is deemed safe and appropriate, we plan to ramp our program up again.* The musical art form of Jazz is our focus at these in-school appearances. Our goal is to introduce young people specifically to choral jazz through education, demonstration and participation.

A typical in-school session involves an explanation of the basic elements of Jazz, including swing, improvisation and syncopation. We incorporate familiar songs to demonstrate these elements. We also perform portions of our choral arrangements, accompanied by our pianist, so they can see and hear how it all comes together. And we engage in active participation with the students, including imitation, call & response and improvisation.

Our ultimate mission is to inspire these young people to pursue their musical inclinations and to realize that they can make music with the instrument of their own bodies. If you are interested in having OJC come to your school send us an email: info@oaklandjazzchoir.com

Thank you to the Lowell Berry Foundation for its generous contribution, which helps us achieve this goal.

OJC Jazz Handbook for Kids