Heritage School of Music's free music school - the Don 'Moose' Jamison Heritage School of Music - is accepting new students ages 10 to 17.
The Don 'Moose' Jamison Heritage School of Music is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's principal education program.
It's free, and open to students ages 10 to 17 from throughout the greater New Orleans region.
Classes are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dillard University. (Classes will move to our new facility, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, in January.)
Instruction is provided to beginner, intermediate and advanced students in these instruments:
Brass, Woodwinds, Drums, Piano, Bass, Guitar, Voice
Audition and Enrollment Guidelines
No advance registration is necessary to audition.
All students must own their own instruments and (except for piano and drums) bring them to the audition. Drummers, please bring your drum sticks.
The Heritage School accepts beginning to advanced students.
Beginners should have completed at least one year of prior instruction on their instruments. They should be able to play a major and minor scale, identify notes on a staff and play at least one song. Students should own their own instruments and should bring them to the auditions.
More advanced students should be prepared to:
- Perform a song (preferably a jazz standard) that demonstrates their full range of ability
- Demonstrate an ability to improvise over a blues form in the keys of F and B flat
- Play a chromatic scale (two octaves)
- Sight-read an unfamiliar jazz composition
- For pianists and bassists, demonstrate a fundamental ability to read chord changes
Drummers should have at least some experience with:
Single stroke and double stroke rolls
Flams and paradiddles
Reading snare drum music
Playing very basic jazz beat and rock/funk beat
Second Line rhythms
Playing a C Major scale on the piano
Vocalists should be able to sing an unfamiliar melodic phrase after hearing it once or twice. Experience with reading music is a plus.
For more info, please call (504) 558-6100
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