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

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, General Education
Ron & Susan Whitaker, SMF Jazz Academy

Sponsorship Provided by

City of Savannah, General Education
Chestnut Family Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, General Education
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, General Education
National Endowment for the Arts, General Education
Walter Lynch & May Wall, General Education

Sponsorship Provided In Part By

Walter G. Canipe Foundation, General Education
The Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, Musical Explorers
Marla & Morris Geffen, Musical Explorers
Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy, General Education
Vicki & Jerry McElreath, General Education
Anne P. West, General Education

Partial Support By

Atlanta Gas Light, General Education
Georgia Council for the Arts, General Education
International Paper, Musical Explorers
Dayle & Aaron Levy, Musical Explorers
Mrs. Ellen O’Bannon, SMF Jazz Academy
The One Hundred Children’s Foundation, Musical Explorers
Publix Super Markets Charities, General Education
United Community Bank, SMF Jazz Academy

Additional Support By

Anonymous (3), Musical Explorers
J.P. Dessel, SMF Jazz Academy
Chavon Gardner, SMF Jazz Academy
Georgia Music Foundation, Musical Explorers
Georgia Power, General Education
D’Addario Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Annie Holland, General Education
Toby W. Hollenberg, Musical Explorers

Jacqueline & Ken Sirlin, SMF Jazz Academy


Updated 10.22.21