The Jazz Education Network is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.

JEN Mentor Program

Established in 2012, the Mission of the JEN Mentor Program is to foster a program encompassing substantive one-to-one mentoring between student musicians and experienced master-level musicians. Achievement of this goal is through development of a system of broad-based student-mentor relationships designed to provide the student with additional tools towards fostering a productive, well-rounded career as a professional musician.

Click here to view a testimonial from Mentor Ruben Alvarez and Mentee Christian Euman.

Click below to apply as a participant over 18 or as a Director for your student under 18 to participate in the JEN Mentoring Program:

JEN Mentoring Program Mentee Application


Previous Mentees and Mentors include:

  • Jared Cathey, saxophone/clarinet, Music Performance & Composition, Claremore, OK. - University of Central Oklahoma - Mentor: John Clayton
  • Zac Lee, trombone, Composition & Production, Edmond, OK. -University of Central Oklahoma - Mentor: Caleb Chapman
  • Jeff Schneider, saxophone, Performance & Composition, Amherst, MA. - University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Mentor: Bob Sinicrope
  • Micah Maurio, trumpet, Performance & Composition, Pelham, WA. - University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Mentor: Terell Stafford
  • Ben Schnidt-Swartz, saxophone, Performance & Composition, Kalamazoo, MI - Western Michigan University - Mentor: John Clayton
  • Christian Euman, drums, Performance, Kalamazoo, MI - Western Michigan University - Mentor: Ruben Alvarez
  • Dieter Rice, Performance & Education, Lexington, KY - University of Kentucky - Mentor: Monika Herzig