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 5th 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
> Faculty Bios

Registration & Audition Instructions
Acceptance into the Creative Music Program will be by audition only. We accept video auditions via YouTube link, or applicants may choose to attend one of our audition dates. Once accepted all students will undergo a full musicianship evaluation.

May 30, 12pm, Merck Multi-Purpose Room
Registration Required

How to Submit an Audition Video:

  1. Download: Audition Instructional Materials [PDF]
  2. Record your audition videos
  3. Upload videos to YouTube or other online video share platform
  4. Fill out registration form (link below) and submit
  5. Be sure to include your video links on the form
How to Audition in Person:
  1. Fill out registration form (link below) and submit
  2. Indicate which in person audition date you would like to attend (Application must be received at least two weeks prior to chosen date).
  3. You will be assigned an audition group and time via email by education staff.
  4. Download audition materials, print and bring to your audition
> Register to audition for Creative Music Program for Jazz!

Meet the Masters:
  • Feb 21, 2-4pm, Oliver Lake, All Ensembles, Open to Public

If you have questions or would like more information, email the Kimmel Center Education Department at

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, and Elliott-Lewis Corporation.