Vision

The Jazz Academy of Music is a non-profit organization, established in 2002, whose mission is to advance and preserve the art of Jazz Music through education. In support of the Academy’s mission, our goals include:

  • Developing a broader appreciation for Jazz Music in our communities.
  • Exposing our youth to the disciplines of applied music thereby enhancing their individual creativity, deductive reasoning abilities, and focus.
  • To redirect the attention of our “at risk” youth from the negative influences in their community by engaging them in the study of Jazz music.

The Academy is unique because established professional performing musicians in the community, in partnership with the educators in our schools and colleges will teach the students. Paramount to the success of the program is that the Academy provides various outlets for the students to perform. The performances reinforce the need to establish and achieve goals. A discipline that is crucial to success in life.

The need for the offerings espoused by the Jazz Academy is two-fold:

  • Jazz music is a historic musical art form that needs a platform for sharing the craft in order to preserve and advance the music.
  • Our youth need to be taught the disciplines of music or other art forms in order advance and enhance their artistic and intellectual capabilities.

Louie ArmstrongLouis Armstrong on the steps in the New York neighborhood where he lived the last years of his life. Here he helps some kids with their music.

These two needs are complementary. Jazz music is an art form that has traditionally been preserved through story telling and instruction passed down from generation to generation by professional artists in the community.

Notices

Jazz Academy
Orchestra Auditions:

The Jazz Academy of Music will be holding auditions for all instruments and vocal slots available in the award winning Jazz Academy Orchestra (JAO).

Sept. 10th from 5pm - 9pm
and
Sept. 13 from 10am - 6pm


Returning JAO students

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Current JAO members do not have to audition but must indicate their intentions to return by completing the registration form no later than September 6, 2014.

News

Jazz Academy
Introductory Ensemble

Starts October 1st

The best place for the young musician to start learning about Jazz music is the Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble (JAIE). JAIE is for students who have never played jazz music and would like to learn how to read and play jazz. To be eligible for JAIE, students be at least 8 years of age and must have at least 1 year of study on their instrument. Many students in this group have basic to intermediate classical training and would like to develop jazz music skills. Students will learn and develop improvisational skills and will learn how to read and interpret basic jazz charts. This is a great starting point for those students that are not quite ready for JAE.

Class are every other Wednesday at 5:45pm beginning 10/1/2014 at Sligo Middle School; 1401 Dennis Ave; Silver Spring, MD.

Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE)

Starts September 24th

Register now for the Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE)! JAE is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE develops improvisational skills and students learn to read and interpret jazz big band and combo charts. Students will perform advanced middle school and high school level music. To be eligible for JAE, students must be able to meet the entrance requirement. To meet the entrance requirement students must be able to play the Bb and F concert scales and must be able to play proficiently the jazz etude.

CLICK HERE ... this is a self-test. Students who can meet the requirements should sign up for JAE. Students who are not yet proficient in these skills are encouraged to sign up for JAIE. Students who have attended at least one JAM Camp session or are currently in JAE are exempt from the entrance requirement and need not take the self test.

Class are every other Wednesday at 5:45pm beginning 9/24/2014 at Sligo Middle School; 1401 Dennis Ave; Silver Spring, MD.

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