MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ ACADEMY Application

Middle School Jazz Academy is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 season.

Application Deadline
March 15, 2020

Middle School Jazz Academy (MSJA) seeks New York City middle school students interested in instrumental jazz instruction. Sixty (60) middle school musicians will be awarded full scholarships providing group classes and lessons throughout the school at Fredrick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Students will be selected based on their interest in jazz, exceptional dedication to music, desire to work in an ensemble of their peers and an ability to commit to this rigorous and rewarding jazz immersion experience. Students learn from outstanding faculty and guest musicians, including members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and receive tickets to performances and educational events at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Program goals

  • Provide students with an opportunity to thrive in a supportive and challenging jazz environment
  • Reach talented students who may not otherwise be able to afford quality music instruction
  • Instill a love of jazz, a respect for self and an appreciation of community
  • Awaken and enhance listening skills, creativity, imagination and discipline

 

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Have played and instrument for a minimum of one year
  • Demonstrate fluency on at least three major scales
  • Be entering grades 6, 7 or 8 for the 2020-21 school year
  • Live and/or attend school in one of the five New York City boroughs
  • Be willing to commit to practicing at least forty-five minutes a day and listening to jazz at least one hour a day, five days a week
  • Be eager to learn more about jazz

 

Full scholarships are given to students from families of limited means.

Accepted students are eligible to participate in the program for a maximum of two years and are required to reapply each year

Instruments: Saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums, percussion, guitar, flute clarinet, tuba/euphonium, violin

“Jazz is music to my soul. It is a very sweet melody that puts you in the mood to realize and think how great life is.” Brenda Letang, MSJA Parent

“Jazz is the rhythm, the soul, the beat. It evolves around me. There’s jazz everywhere I go. Jazz is the music I fell in love with. Jazz is me.” Terson Modeste, MSJA student

Student auditions run approximately fifteen minutes and will include the following:

  • Performance
  • Perform two contrasting pieces of the student’s choice
  • Scales
  • Play three different major scales
  • Sight Reading
  • Sight read a song consisting of simple rhythms and melodic ideas
  • Melodic and Rhythmic Patterns
  • A faculty member will tap a series of short rhythmic patterns and melodies and the student will repeat them
  • Verbal

Students should be prepared to answer the question: “What would you like to learn about jazz?”

Application Deadline
March 15, 2020

After the first round of auditions, a limited number of students will be invited via mail and/or phone to return for a callback audition and a family interview.

Part 2

To be completed by the student. Download and print this PDF. All answers must be neatly handwritten in the space provided, and brought with you to your first round audition. Download the part 3 PDF.

Part 3
To be completed by music teacher, band director or guidance counselor.

Answer the questions below and email:

  1. Identify Student’s Name and School/Organization
  2. How many major scales can your student comfortably play?
  3. Describe your student’s ability to play by ear and read music.
  4. Why should your student be admitted to the Middle School Jazz Academy?

Email: 
msja@jazz.org
SUBJECT: MSJA STUDENT RECOMMENDATION

Part 4
Auditions
Preference 1: Please choose your preference for an audition site below

Preference 2:

Preference 3:

Student auditions run approximately fifteen minutes and will include the following:

  • Performance
  • Perform two contrasting pieces of the student’s choice
  • Scales
  • Play three different major scales
  • Sight Reading
  • Sight read a song consisting of simple rhythms and melodic ideas
  • Melodic and Rhythmic Patterns
  • A faculty member will tap a series of short rhythmic patterns and melodies and the student will repeat them
  • Verbal
  • Students should be prepared to answer the question, “What would you like to learn about jazz?”

After the first round of auditions, a limited number of students will be invited via mail and/or phone to return for a callback audition and a family interview.

Locations:

Auditions will take place at various schools across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx. Site Coordinators will contact families directly to schedule audition date, time and location.

Part 6

I, the parent or guardian, certify to the best of my ability that the information in this application is correct, and electronically sign my name below:


I verify that I am 13 years of age or older