Band Director Academy General Information

Band Director Academy is a multi-day professional development workshop for band directors. This year, the Academy will be held at two locations: New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. Classes are led by prominent jazz educators and focus on the essentials of teaching jazz, emphasizing hands-on learning and providing practical techniques.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Band Director Academy will be held June 26 – June 29, 2015 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, in New York City.

For the third year in a row, the Mesa Arts Center will host Band Director Academy on the west coast. The Academy will be held May 28-30, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.

Are you new to conducting jazz band? Are you a veteran jazz band director looking for new ways to work with your big band? Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy (BDA) offers powerful insights into the teaching of jazz and emphasizes hands-on learning and techniques that can be immediately applied to the classroom.

The Academy will split into two separate tracks: one for beginning / intermediate-level jazz band directors, and the other for advanced directors with years of jazz band experience. Beginners start with the basics of theory and the culture and history of jazz, while the advanced group, led by the country’s leading jazz band directors, will include seminars that delve deeper into effective rehearsal strategies, best practices and appropriate repertoire selection for your group.

The four-day session includes hands-on classes with a student demo band, jam sessions, topic discussions and a faculty concert. Whether you’re a music education student or a veteran teacher, BDA offers tips and techniques for a deeper understanding of, and passion for, teaching jazz.