Background

The Jazz Academy of Music is a manifestation of a longtime dream of Paul Carr, its Music Director, to extend the music education opportunities afforded him, as an inner city youth, to others. Paul was inspired and taught by musicians who themselves were accomplished professional musicians. These musicians included the late Arnett Cobb, Conrad Johnson, Horace Young III, Bubba Thomas and other area musicians. Programs such as the “Summer Jazz Workshop,” and the music programs in school imparted extraordinary discipline, a sense of healthy competitiveness and teamwork, and nurtured his creativity, leading to a successful adult life as a teacher and musician.

The Jazz Academy programs draw from and build upon the disciplines of music education Paul experienced in his youth. The main tenet of the Academy is that music is taught by accomplished, practicing professional musicians with a passionate drive to preserve the art of music, with a special emphasis on Jazz music.

The mission of the Academy is to preserve Jazz music through education. The Jazz Academy makes available, instructional opportunities to children and adults who have an interest in developing their, talent and knowledge about music. While the emphasis is on the Jazz genre, the Academy offers instruction for beginners who are just being introduced to the art form.

Students of the Academy are exposed to all forms of Jazz including:

  • The New Orleans style of the 1920’s espoused by Louis Armstrong;
  • The swing style of the 1930’s advanced by big band leaders Glenn Miler and Duke Ellington;
  • The bebop style introduced by Charlie Parker in the 1940’s;
  • The cool jazz sounds of the late 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s played by great musicians like Miles Davis and John Coltrane;
  • The fusion trends of the present day.

Jazz and its improvisational techniques represent the first truly American musical art form. Jazz is the foundation for many other forms of musical expression including, rock and R&B. Classical, calypso and other musical art forms originating from around the world influence many Jazz music selections. Recent studies also suggest that those who are exposed to music tend to be more successful and creative than those who have not had the benefit of music in their lives. In alignment with our mission we partner with various organizations. Our community partner is Arts & Education In Concert (AE!C). AE!C works together with our youth to stop drug abuse and violence. AE!C provides students with the opportunity to express their drug free determination through arts. To learn more about AE!C click on the picture above.

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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