Introduce Your Teen to Jazz


You love a good pop song, but hearing it on repeat 24/7 from your teenager’s room can drive you nuts. If you’ve got a love for jazz, or if you’re looking to expose your teen to something new, open him or her up to this exciting genre with these helpful ideas.

Lessons Learned

The teenage years are filled with learning. During these crucial years, teens explore, experiment and learn more about what they’re interested in, from hobbies to academics. As a parent, you can make jazz music lessons part of your teen’s valuable learning experience. Whether they start at 13 or 17, it’s never too late to pick up an instrument. If your teen has expressed interest in learning music, consider booking private lessons with the helpful online resource Take Lessons. Featured on USA Today, ABC, FOX and NBC, Take Lessons provides users with access to teachers who teach a wide-array of subjects. Choose from piano, guitar, singing, drums and more. Simply enter your postal code, update your search preferences and you’ll be connected with teachers in your neighborhood. Take Lessons ensures that everyone has a safe experience, as each teacher submits a background check. And, Take Lessons makes it easy to schedule, manage and pay for lessons as it’s all online.

On Broadway

With the rise of on-demand entertainment like Netflix, online gaming, apps and more, experiencing the arts has seemed to take a backseat to fast entertainment. Encourage your teen to take a break from his or her smartphone and online streaming services and spend a night experiencing a Broadway show. Make it a family affair or have your teen invite a few friends along to make the experience even better. “Chicago,” one of the most classic Broadway shows, features all things jazz. The Tony Award-winning show epitomizes “true Broadway” and is a great pick if your teen has experienced interest in jazz music. Telecharge, an online ticket source, offers tickets to the show in different cities.

For the Record

Remember records? You know, those big round discs that pre-dated the 8 Track, tapes and CDs. Of course you do. Check out a local record store and explore all of the jazz vinyls with your teen to experience the best of jazz. Set out on an adventure to find records from jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Dave Brubeck. Digging through old records might just inspire your teen to start his or her own record collection. Locating a local record shop doesn’t have to be hard. Consider using an online search like Vinyl Hunt to find local record shops in your area. Vinyl Hunt provides users with insight into shops, reviews and access to information like hours and addresses. Make a day out of it and see what you can find.

Very Festive

Jazz festivals can open up your teen to the genre. There are thousands of jazz festivals across North America, from small pop-ups to large-scale, weekend-long performances. Why not check out a few? You can discover new places as well as new sounds. The Portland Jazz Festival is ranked among the top jazz festivals in the United States. The Atlanta Jazz Festival takes place in Piedmont Park and features notable names as well as newcomers to the industry. San Francisco’s Fillmore Street Jazz Festival attracts more than 100,000 people each year. Here at home, the 2016 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is slated for June 23 to July 3 at Confederation Park.



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