In response to director/student need for virtual content, 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. These were extremely well-received and as a result, the CJO is looking for grant monies to provide more of this virtual free content for use by teachers and students.
A video featuring 8 CJO musicians was also created to answer a number of questions generated by the database of band directors–this video focused more upon career paths in music.
After budget cuts were announced for public schools, the CJO will be creating and distributing one free piece of original jazz ensemble music each month starting in August. This will not only give students free music, but it will be new and unpublished material.
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.