Heritage School of Music Auditions: Saturday, Jan. 12
Our free jazz school is accepting new students ages 11 to 17. Come to the auditions on Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m., at Dillard University (map) to get in that number. See below for details.
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 11 to 17 from throughout the greater New Orleans region.
Classes are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dillard University.
Jazz instruction is provided to beginner, intermediate and advanced students in these instruments:
New students seeking to join the program should come to the Spring 2013 auditions on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. at Dillard University's Cook Fine Arts Center (second floor, map). Returning students should report for class on Saturday, Jan. 19.
All students must own their own instruments and (except for piano and drums) bring them to the audition.
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.
Questions? Please contact us by calling (504) 558-6100, or by sending an email to this address.
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