Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
 

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The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit education organization, was founded in 1986 by the Monk family and the late Maria Fisher, an opera singer and lifelong devotee of music. Its mission is to offer the world's most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world. All of these programs are offered free of charge to the students and schools, filling a tremendous void in arts education. The Institute's programs encourage children to develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self-image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage.

Jazz in the Classroom: Since 1989, the Institute has gone into public schools around the world, introducing millions of young people to jazz and its rich history. Jazz in the Classroom provides daily music instruction and instrument training sessions for public school students in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Washington, DC, along with master classes and assembly programs for tens of thousands of students in urban, rural, and remote areas of the country. One hundred percent of students in the instrument training programs graduate from high school and more than 90% go on to college. Leading jazz musicians and educators teach and serve as role models, helping students enhance their creativity and self-esteem.

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