Teaching kids music and rhythm at a young age is essential to their development


A singer, songwriter and musician whose own love of music began at an early age, Lisa Yves played regularly in New York City's clubs and bars — once performing with Harry Connick Jr.— and began teaching music. Yves, who organizes annual concert recitals to showcase her students' work, performs this material live and plans to create additional volumes. Lisa is offering clinics and workshops in schools to teach kids, teachers and parents about jazz. She teaches rhythm, history, and vocal stylings through jazz repertoire. Invite her to come to your school and inject a little soul, spirit and swing into a new generation of young people.


Jazz For Kids Programs

Vocal Workshops


Jazz up your music program!  

Lisa Yves offers 1,2 or 3 day workshops in vocal jazz at your school...
1 day includes 50 minute classes with grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8 depending on class size. 25-40 students per class.
2-3 days includes 50 minute classes with grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, a few privates with especially gifted singers and a performance at the end of the program.

The program teaches children the art of jazz through voice and movement. They will learn traditional jazz using fun techniques and will finish the program with a broader understanding of the sounds of blues, rhythm changes and famous bebop standards. Children grades 1-8 respond very well to the program.

 Also included is a Jazz for Kids CD for every child (while supplies last).   Every program is guaranteed to end with a spectacular jazz performance given by the students under Lisa's leadership.


Vocal Jazz for Kids 

Performance Workshops


 Primary Educational Objectives

     1. To promote students’ creative expression through the language of Jazz using their own voices

     2. To teach the students Jazz repertoire featuring well know and original melodies and lyrics

     3. To educate kids on the techniques and history of scatting, vocals and bebop jazz

 Secondary Educational Objectives

 1. To  teach kids the different forms and progressions in jazz such as Rhythm    Changes and Blues-as used by Jazz vocalists.

 2. To give kids a background/history of well known vocal jazz improvisers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Jefferson, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Manhattan Transfer, etc.

3. To use vocal jazz techniques and singing to promote self- esteem, team work and social skills 


 Vocal Jazz For Kids Performance/Program 

Led By Lisa Yves- Vocals and keyboard

 The Vocal Jazz For Kids Program will enhance any school music program teaching the following elements:

  1. Dynamics
  2. Song form
  3. Rhythm
  4. Melody and harmony
  5. History and people
  6. Jazz vocal techniques
  7. Improvisation and creativity

 Additional Props for Visuals:

 Lisa will bring pictures of jazz musicians and vocalists discussed in the program.

Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, etc.

 Lisa will bring pictures of syllables for scatting—Ooh papa da, daba daba, etc.