Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble (JAIE)

The Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble (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 must be at least 8 years of age and must have at least 1 year of study on their instrument. JAIE is for students interested in learning to play a musical instrument in contemporary and traditional jazz styles. Students will learn to play and perform in a group setting. JAIE is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who are in the formative stages of developing their musical skills to learn how to read music and play an instrument while being introduced to jazz styling and history.

The best place for the young musician to start learning about Jazz music is the Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble.

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.

JAIE is the entry point to the world of instrumental music and particularly jazz music

In order to develop your skills, you have to practice individually as well as in a group setting and the earlier you start the better you will be. The students that practice in multiple settings increase their chances of making their high school jazz bands; county and state jazz bands and even the Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) and the award winning Jazz Academy Orchestra (JAO).

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Many of the Jazz Academy students successfully audition for these bands and win college scholarships to some of the best schools and conservatories in the country including Juilliard, Berkley, and New England. Our students have also been awarded admittance and scholarships to some of the most prestigious Jazz music camps in the country. And even those that do not pursue music in college enjoy the benefit of having participated in music when presenting their portfolio. Many of our students have also been admitted to some of the top academic institutions in the country.

Start today and begin studying with your peers and one of the top Jazz Musicians in the Country today…

Our Director, Paul Carr, is one of the top saxophonists in the country. His most recent CD was ranked in the top 10 on the Jazz Radio Charts and received critical acclaim in publications such as Downbeat, Jazz Times and more. The effectiveness of his teaching methods has been recognized by many respected educators at secondary and collegiate levels. He enjoys working and collaborating with the music directors in the local schools to advance and preserve Jazz music and views his efforts as supplemental to the great work of the school system.

The JAIE Works This Way!

The Academy will hold the JAIE rehearsals over two semesters. The fall semester begins Tuesday, September 27, 2016. The spring semester begins January 24, 2017. Rehearsals are held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5:45pm to 7:00pm at Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902.

The first class is an orientation session. During orientation students will be introduced to various instruments and will be guided through the process of selecting a musical instrument of choice. Parents may rent the instrument from our partner music rental establishment, L&L Music or may choose to purchase the instrument chosen. All students must have an instrument for the second class.

By the end of the first semester, students will be expected to be able to read and play simple musical excerpts and at least 2 major scales. At the end of the second semester students will have reached the Advance Beginner Level. Students will be expected to be able to play 3 major scales, understands key signatures, and recognize and observe most often used symbols pertaining to pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation and other expressive details and can read and perform simple musical excerpts never seen before.

Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Class begins: 9/27/2016 @ 5:45pm


MACJO Accepting
Applications Now!


The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (MACJO) is the premier performing and networking honor group for select collegiate jazz musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region. The MACJO was founded in 2009 as an initiative of the Cumberland Jazz Society. Effective August of 2016, MACJO became a division of the Jazz Academy of Music.

MACJO has performed at such notable venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Kennedy Center, St. Peters Church (NYC), Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans, in addition to their annual April performance in Cumberland, MD. This year marks the group’s debut performance on the Ronnie Wells Main Stage at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD. For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival please visit the website at Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

Deadline: November 14, 2016 CLICK HERE for more information.

JAO Opening for
Delfeayo Marsalis

The Jazz Academy Orchestra will be opening for Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Mardi Gras style gala. This is a pre-festival fundraising event at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Thursday, February 16, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Tickets starting at $165.00 Click here to purchase tickets online.


Arts and Humanities of MoCo The Jazz Academy of Music, Inc. is funded in part by the Montgomery County government and the Art & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.