Education Programs

Education Programs

Since 2003, Savannah Music Festival has grown a music education program that is unlike that of any arts organization in the region. It is rooted in our belief that the arts are fundamental to the cognitive, affective, physical and intellectual development of all children and young adults.

Through the generous support of donors and sponsors, Savannah Music Festival is able to provide its suite of education and community outreach programs at no cost to participating students or their families, teachers, or schools.

Local Education Programs

SMF Jazz Academy

SMF Jazz Academy is a FREE after-school jazz program! Students have the opportunity to learn how to play jazz on an instrument, receive weekly private instrument lessons, discover how to improv, participate in special masterclasses, and MUCH MORE!
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Musical Explorers

Musical Explorers, a year-round program developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is designed to connect students in grades K-2 to the diverse musical community that exists right outside their front door. > Find out more


National Education Programs

Acoustic Music Seminar

Sixteen of the world’s most talented young string players, all under the age of 22, travel to Savannah for a week of hands-on instruction in playing, songwriting, and ensemble work during this groundbreaking mentorship program, led by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall.

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Swing Central Jazz

In this unique workshop and competition, twelve high school jazz bands from across the country spend three days immersed in the world of swing and big band jazz. More than 300 high school students learn about improvisation, instrumental techniques and big band repertoire.

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Savannah Music Festival would like to thank all of the supporters who have helped to fund SMF’s education programs this season.


Major Investment By

City of Savannah, General Education
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Musical Explorers
Ron & Susan Whitaker, SMF Jazz Academy

Sponsorship Provided by

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Musical Explorers
Walter Lynch & May Wall, Musical Explorers and SMF Jazz Academy
National Endowment for the Arts, General Education

Sponsorship Provided In Part By

Walter G. Canipe Foundation, General Education
Marla & Morris Geffen, General Education
The Hodge Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Kole Management Company, Musical Explorers and SMF Jazz Academy
JC Lewis Foundation, General Education
Junior Jazz Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Widespread Panic, SMF Jazz Academy
Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy, Musical Explorers
Anne P. West
, General Education

Partial Support By

Bennett Thrasher Foundation, Musical Explorers
Bob Faircloth, Swing Central Jazz
Find Your Light Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Georgia Council for the Arts, Musical Explorers
Georgia Music Foundation, Musical Explorers
Joan & Jim Hunter, General Education
The Krystal Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Dayle & Aaron Levy, Musical Explorers
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry McElreath, General Education
Mrs. Ellen O’Bannon, SMF Jazz Academy
Publix Super Markets Charities, Musical Explorers
United Community Bank, SMF Jazz Academy
Wells Fargo Foundation, Musical Explorers and SMF Jazz Academy

Additional Support By

Anonymous (2), Musical Explorers
Anonymous, SMF Jazz Academy
Leslie & Ben Bennison, SMF Jazz Academy
Scott Center & Tatsiana Shakhmuts, Musical Explorers
D’Addario Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Edward Dumas, SMF Jazz Academy
First Chatham Bank, General Education
Richard Geisel-Churchill, SMF Jazz Academy
Judith Glazer, Musical Explorers
AM Goldkrand in honor of Dayle Levy, Musical Explorers
Great Dane, General Education
Toby W. Hollenberg, Musical Explorers
George & Ann Hubbs, SMF Jazz Academy
IBMA Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
JCB, Musical Explorers

Arlene & Allan Ratner, Musical Explorers
Michael & Gail Siegel, Musical Explorers
Jacqueline & Ken Sirlin, SMF Jazz Academy
Synovus, SMF Jazz Academy
United Community Bank, SMF Jazz Academy
Doug & Lamar Webb, General Education