The Developing Musicians Program offers young music students the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a small Jazz or Chamber ensemble of their peers, to join the wonderful Vocal Fry choir, or to undertake further studies in music theory and aural skills.
Now in it's third year, the Community Rocks program offers amateur musicians of varying levels the opportunity to learn new skills in a friendly, supportive environment.
For people over 18 with at least 6 months experience of learning their instrument.
New Orleans Rehearsal Hall
New Orleans Rehearsal Hall is a year long program for adult students with a minimum of AMEB level 5 or equivalent, to learn techniques for improvisation through the lens of early New Orleans jazz music. Traditional jazz instruments welcome, and non-traditional instruments will be considered on a case by case basis.
Song to Studio
This Songwriting and Production intensive will challenge participants to write and record an original song in just five weeks. This course is ideal for singer songwriters that have written original songs in the past, can accompany themselves on a chordal instrument and have limited experience recording in the studio.
To apply to join the Girls Jazz, or the Developing Musicians Program (Jazz ensemble, Chamber ensemble, or Music Theory and Aural Skills), please fill out the following form: Open School Application Form
Students should prepare 1-2 pieces of their choice that demonstrates their musical skill and level. This can be any style of music and doesn't have to be in jazz style.
No prior knowledge of jazz is required for the program.
There will also be some questions during the interview about each student's learning and musical experience.
Developing Musicans Program (Jazz Ensemble)
For the streaming interview, each student should prepare:
Technical work (scales, arpeggios etc). Technical work is not specified; however, students should prepare what they know. Interview questions will be asked based on this knowledge;
One piece of music of the applicant’s choice;
Applicants can select two out of five set pieces to perform. This music will be available three weeks before the interview date;
The interview panel will also discuss musical knowledge and experience with each applicant to assess the student’s skills and knowledge and best fit in the course.
Applicants selected from the interview process will then attend two open rehearsals in November. Students will rotate across groups, providing an opportunity for tutors to observe students in practice.
Applicants who are unsuccessful will be placed on a waiting list and will also be given the opportunity to re-interview the following year.
Developing Musicans Program (Chamber Ensemble)
Perform 1 piece (unaccompanied) which demonstrates instrumental ability
Prepare 1 scale of your choice.
Short sightreading example.
Developing Musicans Program (Vocal Fry)
Please note that it is not a requirement that students wishing to apply for Choir be tutored in private singing lessons.