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GI Jams

Every Thursday 6pm-8pm (Food Provided)

The GI Jams are designed to give students a practical and educational platform to harness and develop their individual skills while learning professionalism and performance etiquette while sharing the stage with some of the greatest musicians and educators in the Midwest.

Each week a different professional musician will host the GI Jams. The set-lists are made available one week prior to the GI Jam.  Students may sign up for no more than 2 selections and may add their name as a "Stand BY" on as many selections as they desire.

If you are a professional musician who would like to volunteer at the Griffin Institute by hosting a Jam Session, please contact us at (708) 973-4354 or Educate@thegriffininstitute.org

8/17/17 Saalik Ziyad

Blessed with a smooth, buff baritone and a powerful artistic persona, Saalik Ziyad can infuse a classic ballad with just the right emotion –and in the next breath, sail into a hard-bop anthem or modern jazz composition with equal conviction. (And, in the breath after that, to tackle opera: he has sung roles in Porgy And Bess, Dido & Aeneas, and Susannah.) Born in Chicago in 1978, he began singing at the age of 7, soon joined the Chicago Children’s Choir, and completed his formal education at Northern Illinois University. At that point, his “continuing education” began –as a member of the AACM and a busy performer on stages from jazz clubs to Symphony Center, in cities from his hometown to Paris and Poznan (Poland). He also leads two of his ownbands, and is a featured member of the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble


Hailing from the Chicago's south suburbs, DJ QUE ELEVEN has traveled all over the globe making music with some of the biggest names in the industry.  He is an author, educator, and musician who is often seen on the tv show TMZ providing his prospective on the latest hip hop news.  He uses his experience in music industry to help young boys and girls better understand the music business.

For the upcoming GI Jam, DJ Que Eleven has put together a star studded line-up for the students at the Griffin Institute.  He will have DJs, Poets, Rappers, Producers, and a very special guest in the house. He does this type of work in an effort to give back to the next generation and give them hope.

In The News

Our CEO/President is named a Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Grammy Award for Music Educator. Congratulations Dr. Griffin

The Jazz Institute of Chicago has also selected Dr. Griffin as a 2017 Jazz Educator of the Year along with David Bloom.


The Grand Opening of the Griffin Institute was a huge success.  We would like to thank everyone who came out for this historic occasion. #thegriffininstitute

About Us


      The Griffin Institute of Performing Arts   utilizes music, theater, and dance to assist diverse learners ages 5-18 years   of age in discovering their full potential through award-winning   instructional strategies and a strong commitment to student success. We aim to provide communities of need with   the gift of the arts. Our hope is to   unite individuals from all walks of life while creating valuable and   educational experiences for all stakeholders.      

8-week courses begin Fall 2017

      Our 8-week sessions include progressive,   content-based courses in the areas of music, theater, and dance. These custom courses are offered through   our course catalogue and will be taught by experienced staff. Additional instruction includes private and   group lessons, workshops, master-classes, and performance opportunities.       

Serving our students

      The Griffin Institute commits itself to community outreach and   youth development. This is done through the hosting of career days, mentoring   groups, and community performances. Although our programs will be open to the public, our focus will be   students and public schools in communities of need. We seek to provide instruction to at-risk   students and those that are unable to receive quality education. Staff members include certified and   non-certified teachers, artists and professionals from various occupations.   Volunteers, community members and business owners are encouraged to help   forward our mission of enhancing the lives of children through the performing   arts. These partnerships will assist   GIPA in creating valuable, creative, and relevant educational experiences for   our members.       



The Griffin Institute  believes that education is the key to success. We encourage students to unlock as many doors as possible.

We offer 8-week courses that corresponds with academic fiscal year. Our courses are taught by award winning instructors and professionals.

Take a look at our course catalogue by clicking on the "enrollment" tab at the top of this page.

Enrollment for 8-week courses include general membership.  

Fall 2017 Schedule will be available July 1, 2017

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding courses.


The Griffin Institute understands that throughout life, the most successful individuals had mentorship to help guide them.  All of our members will receive mentorship and guidance from our knowledgable staff and community.

The Griffin Institute tracks its students from Kindergarten through college to ensure academic, social, and professional success.


The Griffin Institute is a community of students, artists, teachers, and professionals from various career paths who are uniting to provide children with experiences that will prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Contact Us

The Griffin Institute of Performing Arts

14200 Chicago Rd, Dolton, Illinois 60419, United States

(708) 973-4354

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