Music education programs have eroded in many cities and communities across the country over the past 30 years. The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is dedicated to turning back this trend to ensure all children have access to a quality education that includes music.

Research has shown that musical study develops critical thinking and self discipline skills and improves a child's early cognitive development, basic math and reading abilities, self-esteem, SAT scores, ability to work in teams, spatial reasoning skills, and school attendance. Also, researchers have found that children involved with music education are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, and are less likely to be involved with gangs and substance abuse.

The AJHoF works with the community to identify students to participate in the program each year. Once a student is selected, the AJHoF works with the  public school system and administrators to restore beginning instrumental music programs where they no longer exist. This program is made possible from a grant by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.  For more information on this organization click on the name ALABAMA STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS. The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is able to provide an intensive tuition-free jazz program every Saturday morning at the Carver Theatre.

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