Private Lessons

The Academy maintains a pre-screened roster of professional musicians in the local area that are qualified to provide one-on-one instruction to Academy Member Students. The Academy provides course guidelines, training, tools and communication facilities to the instructor-musicians. Private instruction on all instruments covering applied music fundamentals as well as, jazz music and improvisational techniques is available. Prospective students and parents may review the instructor roster bios and make a preliminary selection of the instructor(s) that best suits your requirements. The Academy will arrange an interview between you and the instructor(s) to confirm and ensure the selected instructor(s) suitability. The private instruction sessions are offered based the student’s age and level of proficiency on the instrument. Recommended duration for private sessions are as follows:

• Beginners {ages 8-11} 30 minutes
• Beginners {age 12 and over} 1 hour
• Advanced Beginner 1 hour
• Intermediate 1 hour (30 minutes improvisation)
• Advanced 1.5 hours (45 minutes improvisation)
• Company 1.5 hours (1 hour improvisation)

Specific times and locations of the lessons are arranged directly between the student and the selected instructor. Students may however, view instructor availability and schedule lessons through this website. The fee schedule for each instructor has been pre-negotiated by the Academy.


Paul Carr and Jazz
Wilson Center Article

SMP_3070Paul Carr and Jazz Wilson Center Article by Blair A. Ruble.

Saxophonist Paul Carr tells the story of waiting with his saxophone at the baggage claim belt in St. Petersburg, Russia, when another passenger came up and said: “Paul Carr, Westminster Church in Washington.” Paul recounts this incident as a way of testifying to the global reach of Friday Night Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington, D.C. Home to a hugely successful concert series now nearly two decades old, Westminster has become a touchstone of the D.C. jazz scene.


Interested in
the Ensemble?

The Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who have never improvised or created a solo or those who are in the formative stages of developing their improvisational skills.
No Audition Required!
Rehearsal begins 9/19/17 at 5:45pm (bi-weekly) $275 per semester.
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