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Creative Music Program for Jazz


Creative Music Program

The Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program for Jazz is a school-year long program for grades 5-12 that exposes talented teens with a serious interest in music to teaching artists, master classes, and a well-rounded jazz education.  Students get the chance to perform at the Kimmel Center and in the community.   

Program Details

This comprehensive program meets on Weekends and focuses on:

  • stimulating each student’s individual creativity
  • developing his/her musicianship skills by using 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!

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 (Red, Blue, Magenta) based on our unique musicianship evaluation process.




Creative Music Program Spring Semester Audition Information

All students must register.  New students need to audition. To request an audition, click on the registration link and enter your information.  

Register Here

Audition Date  

Jan. 6 | 12PM | Merck Multi-Purpose Room 

or submit a video audition via YouTube by January 6th. 

Audition Requirements

Perform a song of your choice and sight read a short piece appropriate to your skill level (some experience, moderate experience, very experienced)

1. Download the instructions and audition music [here

2. Record your audition video or print and bring music to your audition

3. Upload videos to YouTube or other online video share platform or email to set a time for your in person audition by January 1st.

4. Email video links to or confirm your audition time via email.