For two decades, the Nashville Jazz Workshop has enriched people’s lives through jazz education and performance. As Music City has grown, so too has the demand for premier music education opportunities for young players. The Nashville Jazz Workshop is working to meet this demand with an exciting and comprehensive new program we are calling the NJW Young Artist Program, under the direction of Evan Cobb, NJW Youth Program Director.
The Young Artists Program is made up of three components, two of which have been operational for several years: the NJW Summer Jazz Camp, and the Scholarship Lessons Program.
Over time we realized the missing link in our teenaged curriculum is the community element. So to meet that need Evan Cobb has created the third element of our Young Artists Program: the NJW Precollege Program: a 20-week curriculum modeled after similar programs of the finest accredited music schools in the country. Meeting weekly on Saturday mornings at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, with curriculum designed from NJW Summer Jazz Camp, students find an advanced course of study in the NJW Precollege Program. Classes include theory, composition, improvisation, groove, ear training, keyboard skills, and more. Best of all, student combos rehearse every week, gaining the chance to develop a catalog of music, a unique vocabulary, and a rapport with each other.
The 20-week program is designed around the busy teenage musician schedule of marching band and TMEA events. We begin on Saturday, November 3, with 6 weeks of class before winter break and 14 weeks after, and we include 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 interact with in-demand instructors who are some of Nashville’s finest jazz players and educators, and can even expect surprise masterclasses from visiting guest artists as well.
The program is open to students, ages 12-18. Applications are available online. All applicants are asked to send in audition videos of themselves playing Billie’s Bounce (by Charlie Parker): the melody, and improvising on 2 or 3 choruses (cell phone quality is fine). Students are given a theory and ear-training placement exam on the first day of class.
The application deadline is October 27. A $200 refundable deposit is required with each application. Applicants are notified of acceptance by October 29. Tuition is due November 3. Payment plans are available.
Full and partial scholarships are available for financial need. Download Scholarship Application