A Dominican student entering the public education system has less than a 10% chance of graduating from high school (United Nations [UN], 2005). Research has shown that children and adolescents are stimulated to improve their education and learning aptitude through music. Studies have proven that children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
The FEDUJAZZ Music program is exposing impoverished youth of the Dominican Republic, ages 7 - 18, with structured music programs that enhance their overall education and life opportunities. FEDUJAZZ is a proud partner of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which is now in its 22nd year. This collaboration has established a high quality music education program and alliance that provides workshops with Latin Grammy and Grammy Award winner musicians, and classes year-round with local teachers.
There has been abundant research that supports the importance of music education for children, with evidence proving that musical ability correlates to reading and math aptitude, and overall academic performance. Music education increases language development, brain activity, memory, math skills and an understanding of art and the world. FEDUJAZZ currently provides 150 students with ongoing classes and over a thousand benefit annually from workshops during the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.
FEDUJAZZ Music Education Foundation