Projects

Into the Jazz Woods


The goals are accomplished through various psychomotor skills i.e., movement, drawing/writing, listening as well as multi-media, i.e. crafts, coloring. Some of the skills that are developed through the curriculum are: Voice writing (simplified rhythm dictation), ear training, identification of musical styles, instrument recognition; Language – Lyric writing, i.e., rhymes, theme development and completion. Exploration of the following: Colors, movement/action, mathematical relationships, logic/reasoning relationships and spatial relationships.

What the Experts are Saying

Through the playful games and unique characters of a jazz forest, young children are joyfully introduced to the fundamentals of jazz. America’s classical music.
Dr. Billy Taylor
National Endowment for the Arts,
Jazz Master Recipient
Director of Jazz In July Workshop
Master Teacher, The Kennedy Center



“INTO THE JAZZ WOODS encompasses the fundamentals of jazz while teaching children a sophisticated level of discipline in a most creative way through music and movement. I am confident in saying children deserve to experience INTO THE JAZZ WOODS.”
Larry Nozero


I cannot state how important I think this program is. Jazz organizations and educators are always bemoaning the lack of jazz programs for young students, and this fits the bill beautifully.
Ellen Rowe – Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
University of Michigan


Accolades for Janet Tenaj and Sven Anderson’s unique “Into The Jazz Woods” program. They have successfully ventured where others have not dared; educating a VERY young age group in the wonderful world of jazz.
Brian DiBlassio
Staff Teacher – University of Michigan (Flint)
Staff Teacher – Bowling Green University (Ohio)

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