CCJO Educational Programs

The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO) is dedicated to performing, preserving, and teaching Jazz as a living art form. Its members are some of the preeminent Jazz artists and educators in the nation, all of whom have deep ties to the greater Cincinnati music education community.

As educators, nearly all of the ensemble members serve on the music faculties of prominent university music schools, including: Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, Butler University, the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The CCJO is led by artistic director Rob Parton, associate professor of trumpet at Capital University in Columbus. Dr. Scott Belck, professor and department head at The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), serves as ensemble artistic advisor.

The CCJO believes in the power of music to transform lives for the better and seeks to bring the beauty and elegance of Jazz to students and audiences alike. To learn more about how you can help the CCJO transform the lives of children in the Greater Cincinnati community through informative and engaging jazz education programs with the CCJO, please contact our CCJO Board education chair Matthew Anklan at

Let Freedom Swing!

Educational Program Overview

The CCJO is partnering with The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Jazz Studies department and Jazz at Lincoln Center to offer a series of in-school and community-based educational presentations in greater Cincinnati: Let Freedom Swing!

Let Freedom Swing! programs explore the relationship between jazz and democracy, and create conversations about the parallels between these two great American traditions. The topics include:

  • Let Freedom Swing (an overview focusing on Jazz and Democracy)
  • Jazz and Civil Rights
  • Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance
  • Jazz and Communication (designed by CCJO educators)

CCJO members, CCM jazz faculty, and CCM jazz studies students are presenting a series of in-school interactive performances/programs focusing on schools or areas of town where students have limited access to arts and music programming and education.

Session Curricula for Let Freedom Swing!

Below is a link to the individual session curricula for our Let Freedom Swing! programs, including the CCJO-designed Jazz and Communication session.

Let Freedom Swing! Session Curricula

Educational Standards Met by Let Freedom Swing!

Let Freedom Swing! meets 22 National and State Social Studies and Music Education standards.

Let Freedom Swing! Educational Standards

Teacher Resources

Teachers and Educators: We look forward to working with you for Let Freedom Swing! For more information and classroom resources for your sessions with the CCJO, check out the Lincoln Center website at

Audio/video study guides have been provided free of charge, courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s educational program.

Also, check back for additional classrooms resources and learning tools from our session leaders!

Links to Online Pre- and Post-Survey

Teachers/Educators and Community Group Leaders: Please find copies of our pre- and post- Let Freedom Swing! program surveys for both you and your students/group members. Please feel free to download these and fill them out. Completed surveys can be either handed to your Let Freedom Swing! educator or scanned and emailed to CCJO Board education chair Matthew Anklan at

For In-School Programs

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Let Freedom Swing PreSurvey Student

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For Community/Church Programs

Let Freedom Swing PreSurvey Group Leader

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Let Freedom Swing PreSurvey Student-Group Member

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