College Preparation

Students who would like to purse music as a career or a music scholarship to attend college can take advantage of the Academy’s College Prep program. This offering helps students prepare for auditions. Most colleges require that an audition tape or CD is submitted for review and/or the student perform select musical pieces and sight read before a panel of judges. The Academy has two offerings to help students prepare for these requirements.

Private Instruction for Auditions

In these sessions students work on specific audition material and develop their site reading skills. If the college requires a panel audition, a mock panel is formed so the student can get used to performing in front of a formal panel and receive feedback on their technique and performance in order to make presentation adjustments before the actual audition.

Production of Audition Tape or CD

Students who have to submit an audition tape or CD need the best quality production in order to ensure that poor quality audio or sub-par support musicians do not overshadow their talent. Working with professional musicians and studio technicians the student receives a quality work product. This gives them the best of chances to be one of the selected few in the competitive environment faced to be accepted in a collegiate music program.

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 that will be available for download on August 23, 2014. This is a self-test. Students who can meet the above 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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