I am very excited to announce the launch of the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s newest endeavor, the NJW Precollege Program!
The NJW Precollege Program is the culmination of my ten years of teaching private lessons in greater Nashville, six years of leading NJWcamp, and five years of heading the NJW Scholarship Program.
When I first moved to Nashville in 2008, people told me not to use the word “jazz” to describe what I do. Over and over again, we have the conversation, “Does Nashville have a burgeoning jazz scene?” After serving over 300 teenagers studying jazz, I know that the terms jazz and Nashville are no longer incongruent, but synonymous.
As I’ve watched Nashville teenagers grow their interest and ability in jazz, I’ve noticed one big missing link: the chance to meet up regularly and play together. Jazz is a language, and like any language, it cannot be learned only in books. It must be used and explored, allowed to grow and thrive.
The NJW Precollege Program is designed to allow students to grow and thrive together. Meeting weekly on Saturday mornings with curriculum designed from NJWcamp, students will find an advanced course of study in the NJW Precollege Program. Classes will include theory, composition, improvisation, groove, ear training, keyboard skills, and more. Best of all, student combos will rehearse every week, gaining the chance to develop a catalog of music, a unique vocabulary, and a rapport with each other.
We have designed the NJW Precollege Program calendar to serve the active teenage musician, so our 20-week schedule begins in November, works around marching band season, and includes weeks off for Jazz Midstate and Allstate schedules. We even have a day set aside with Midstate-tailored masterclasses to specifically prepare our students for those auditions.
Students participating in the NJW Precollege Program will interact with in-demand instructors who are some of Nashville’s finest jazz players and educators. Students can even expect surprise masterclasses from visiting guest artists as well.
Sign-ups are now underway for the 2018-19 calendar. Get your application in by May 1st to save $250 on tuition!
Program Creator & Director