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Creative Music Program

“The best part was being able to play with and learn from more experienced players and teachers.”
- Student, Creative Music Program

The Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program for Jazz is a school-year long program for grades 6-12 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 Saturdays 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
  • weekly music theory class
  • weekly intensive ensemble rehearsal

… 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 varied levels of experience, with students being placed into one of three theory groups and one of two Ensembles. Video auditions will be accepted beginning September 6th for our Fall Semester which begins September 28th.

Neighborhood Jams is the developmental program for Creative Music Program. Visit the Neighborhood Jams page to learn more. 


Acceptance into the Creative Music Program is by audition only. To audition, click on the registration link below and enter your information. Then submit a video audition by completing the steps below.

Next Auditions 
Register online and submit a video audition via YouTube between September 6 and September 22. 

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. 
  4. Email video links to [email protected].

Register Here


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