The CJO takes educational responsibility seriously and presents a variety of programs to nurture the region’s neophyte jazz musicians and listeners. Most of CJO’s performers are also educators who work regularly with collegiate groups (Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, Case Western Reserve University, Ashland University, The University of Akron, The Ohio State University and Cuyahoga Community College) and younger students (Cleveland Heights Public Schools, Garfield Heights Public Schools, Hawken Schools, Cleveland Municipal School District). Still others are involved in educational programs from the retail side of the music business at local music stores and via Jupiter Wind Instruments and the Selmer-Bach Corporation.

Our Educational Outreach projects include:

Instrument Donation Program

This year, the CJO has launched an instrument donation program, that puts instruments into the hands of students of need in Northeast Ohio.

The CJO has already delivered instruments to Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights and Ben Franklin Middle School in Cleveland!

Do you have any instruments you would like to donate?

Donate an instrument to our program to get a pair of tickets to one of our Season Series shows!

School Residency Program

The School Residency Program was launched as a pilot program in partnership with the Cleveland Municipal School District in fall of 2019. For six weeks or more, CJO musicians will come to your school on a regular basis, supporting and supplementing your rehearsals to help them achieve your goals.

CJO’s residency program is unique in its concentration on middle school age students in challenged instrumental music programs. Moreover, this program  serves students AT THEIR schools, during the school day, rather than being an offsite after school program.

Side by Side Concerts

The CJO goes directly into the region’s schools to model, teach and perform with Northeast Ohio’s scholastic jazz musicians. CJO “Side by Side” concerts typically involve members of the CJO working with high school students in advance of a shared concert date. At the concert, the CJO sits side by side with the sponsor high school ensemble and plays, sight reads and offers help to the group at large and to each student musician individually.  The evening concert then features the sponsor high school group and the CJO performing both together and separately.

Some of our sponsor schools have sold tickets to the evening concert to defray the costs of CJO and to raise funds for their music programs. These events have been musically and educationally satisfying for all concerned.  Solon High School, The Hawken School, Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School, Hudson High School and Cuyahoga Falls High School have all recently benefited from “Side by Side” events.  Free tickets to an upcoming CJO concert are offered to participating students and discounted tickets to family and friends.

Student Tickets

The CJO also offers free tickets to students for most shows. Through CJO shows and other Educational events, over 3200 students saw the CJO perform for free last fiscal year. In addition, ten-dollar student tickets are offered to all of our ticketed events and at BLU Jazz+ in Akron. As a result of these programs, the CJO has had more student attendance these last two seasons than during any in its history.

The CJO Rehearsal Program

Via the CJO Rehearsal Program, the CJO conducts their first rehearsals prior to upcoming Season Series Concerts at Northeast Ohio schools. Students are encouraged to ask questions of and work with the CJO members and are offered free tickets to the concert that is being rehearsed.

Field Trips to CJO concerts

Students can attend CJO Season Series shows with their Band Directors as part of our Field Trip Experience. The students arrive early for a pre-concert talk with several CJO members, and they are treated to free seats to the show. These talks not only highlight the music that’s about to be performed, but may also cover making music professionally and the musical journeys of the CJO musicians.

Educational Instructional Videos

In response to director/student need for virtual content during the pandemic, the CJO created 10 free, educational instructional videos which were emailed to our database of band directors. These were also placed on CJO’s social media and now reside on CJO’s YouTube.com channel. These were created to be general and therefore useful to musicians of all ages, and some weren’t specifically geared towards scholastic jazz instruction.

Contact us for more information about our Educational Outreach programs.