Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Kimmel Center Creative Music Program for Jazz

The Kimmel Center Creative Music Program for Jazz is a free school year music program, intended for students between the ages of 11 and 20.

Now in its 4th season, this comprehensive program focuses on stimulating each studentís individual creativity, whilst simultaneously developing his/her musicianship skills by utilizing the framework of the jazz tradition.

Throughout each season students will explore the expansive field of creative music via original and legacy compositions, hands on exploration of the rich jazz tradition, master level tuition in the vital areas of musicianship, monthly celebrity master classes courtesy of our Meet the Masters series, weekly intensive ensemble rehearsals, and many performance opportunities.

Most importantly, the Creative Music Program provides an environment where the brightest young jazz talents of today are able to gain invaluable experience from some of the greatest and most revered working jazz musicians on the scene.


Creative Music Program for Jazz Curriculum
The Creative Music Program includes expert instruction for intermediate and advanced students in:

  • Theory
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm skills
  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation
  • Collective composition
  • Sight Reading
  • Ensemble interaction & performance
  • Jazz History

The curriculum provides for three varied levels of experience, with students being placed into one of three ensembles based on our unique musicianship evaluation process.


Creative Music Program for Jazz Faculty
Anthony Tidd, Director
Steve Tirpak, Assistant Director
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Kimmel Center Education programs are generously supported by the Merck Foundation and The Sidney Kimmel Foundation.

This program is generously supported by ACE Group, Universal Health Services, Republic Bank, and Elliott-Lewis Corporation.