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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT
Friday, July 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT

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Lehman College Music Building, Third Floor 
250 Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, NY 10468

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Aasha Collins 
Jazz Power Initiative formerly Jazz Drama Program 

Summer Jazz Arts Institute 2018

Providing inspirational training in cross-modal teaching methods for classroom teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists.

SJAI Group 2017 Summer Jazz Arts Institute Staff and Participants 2017.


 July 11 and 12, 10am-4pm

 July 13, 10am-1pm


Music Building, Third Floor

Lehman College (CUNY), 250 Bedford Park Blvd, Bronx, NY

Cost/Registration: 2 options

Option One: Register Directly Through JPI through blue button below.

 $125 plus one-time $15 registration fee for 3-day certification from JPI.

Option Two: Register with Lehman College for graduate credit:

For questions on this process, contact Lehman College Music Department’s Darina Qafleshi at 718-960-8247

You will need to apply  for admission to Lehman College first, one of the following ways:

A)   Submit the Visiting Student admission application along with the required supporting documentation. 


B)   Submit the Graduate Application for Non-Degree Admission application along with the required supporting documentation. Candidates apply online. 

For college credit Tuition Rates and Schedule of Fees

Summer Jazz Arts Institute is presented with support from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, The Michael Rosenfeld Gallery and individual donors.


Summer Jazz Arts Institute provides an ideal framework for teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists to build their knowledge and skill teaching jazz arts awakening deeper imagination, discipline, community and trust with their students. Participants will be immersed in activities and discussions around teaching jazz through multiple modalities of singing, dancing, theatre, writing and visual arts. Master Classes will be led by Summer Jazz Arts Institute faculty including:  James McBride, author/musician, Tom Dempsey(co-chair), musician/educator, Shireen Dickson(co-chair), choreographer/producer, Eli Yamin(Artistic Director), musician/educator, Stephanie Sertich, theatre artist/educator, and Antoinette Montague, musician/educator.

Participants will be from a wide range of experience in the field from college students who are relatively new to teaching artist work to experienced teachers and artists with a decade of experience. A safe and challenging learning environment will be created where breakthroughs will be made in understanding the jazz arts in a more comprehensive and dynamic way.

“Jazz Arts provide tools for exceptionally effective and transformational learning. Improvisation, syncopation, swing and making a soulful sound in coordination and interaction with others brings out the best in each individual learner while helping her become a better listener and more responsive and supportive community member.”

James Mcbride

James McBride

Eli Yamin and Shireen Dickson

Tom Dempsey

Summer Jazz Arts Institute 2018 Theme


Learning Objectives:

  1. Defining Jazz Power methodology, an experiential approach to jazz arts education that is cross modal, close proximity to lineage and culture, creativity, and collaboration.

  1. Defining Jazz Power Tools: Personal Story, Making a soulful sound, Stomp/Clap, Shuffle, Swing, Polyrhythm, Syncopation, Improvisation on a theme, Call and response, Co-signing, Riffs, Re-harmonization

  1. How to create lesson plans utilizing Jazz Power methodology addressing different populations such as elders, higher ed, middle, elementary and high school, special needs?

  1. Knowing how to activate Jazz Power methodology in different spaces and subject areas such as: music, dance, theatre, writing classrooms, history, social studies, business, education, technology.

  1. Artmaking: Participants collaborate to create a cross modal jazz work with tools learned at SJAI.