Band Director Academy General Information

In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Jazz at Lincoln Center has canceled all concerts, performances and classes in Frederick P. Rose Hall, The House of Swing, effective immediately through Saturday, May 16, 2020. Our team is continually monitoring the situation and working on a plan regarding Band Director Academy in June. Registration is still open. We will continually update this page with more information as we receive it. We thank you for your understanding and wish you and yours continued health and safety.

Band Director Academy General Information

June 25 – June 28, 2020

Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

New York, NY

Band Director Academy (BDA) is a multi-day professional development workshop for band directors. Led by a team of prominent jazz educators, we focus on the essentials of teaching jazz, emphasizing hands-on learning and practical techniques.

Past faculty has included: Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, Rodney Whitaker, Director of Jazz Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, Terell Stafford, Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the University of North Texas, Brad Leali, former lead trumpet and soloist of the Count Basie Band, Byron Stripling.

The four-day session will focus on Big Band Rehearsal Techniques and will include hands-on classes with a student demo band, jam sessions, topic discussions and a faculty concert. Beginners will 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.

Our literature based, hands on approach is informed by the aesthetic choices made by the greatest composers, arrangers and practitioners of Americas music; jazz. So, whether you are fresh out of school, or teaching a fully-fledged program, Band Director Academy is right for you.

Discounts, travel stipends, and scholarships are available!

For more information:

Phone: 212.258.9943

Email: bda@jazz.org