The Basie’s Music Performance Programs


The Count Basie Center’s Performing Arts Academy is home to the region’s most popular and comprehensive music performance programs.



William “Count” Basie was one of America’s original music stars, so it’s no wonder that the Count Basie Center Performing Arts Academy’s music performance programs are second to none!

ROCKIT: The Rockit Academy, our resident rock and roll performance program, is helmed by the Rockit Live Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Rockit! runs four, seven-week programs per year, where kids aged 8-18 learn a specific repertoire of songs, supplemented with individual instruction. At the conclusion of their session, as many as forty-five young musicians form separate groups to perform live on the Basie’s historic Asbury Park Press stage.

Summer 2019 Rockit program (6 weeks) – AUDITIONS: Saturday, June 22 from 10AM – 8PM
Click here to download the Summer 2019 Application (PDF)

Only accepted students can register. Any questions please call 732-224-8778 x 125

Rockit! Academy Summer Band Camp
Rockit’s summer band camp session explores the dynamics of playing in a live band, participating in a disciplined regimen and learning how to audition and perform with confidence and forming their own bands and choosing their own songs. In the process, students learn about improvisation, music theory, and the history of rock and roll.
JULY 29 – AUGUST 29:30AM–1:30PM• Ages: 9-16 • $425

Click here for Rockit! Academy Summer Band Camp registration


Jazz Arts Academy


The Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie is a partnership with Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project, a non-profit arts organization that provides world-class jazz events and music education programs. The Jazz Arts Academy is a year-round comprehensive training program providing real world experience to aspiring teen jazz musicians. The faculty includes world-class working professional recording artists who are also dedicated educators. Jazz Arts Project also produces several dozen events each year ranging from intimate jazz cafe nights to large-scale events at concert halls and festivals.

Jazz Arts Academy Camp
The Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie Center is a partnership with Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project, providing intensive, world-class training in the performance of jazz. In this weeklong camp, students will learn from an all-star faculty and receive comprehensive training on their instrument, with guidance in improvisation, music theory and jazz history. Ensembles, group lessons, individual coaching, listening sessions and master classes with visiting artists will be offered, and all instruments are welcome. 

Students should have at least 3-4 years of instrumental music studies behind them, be able to read music, and should have at least 4-5 major scales memorized to get the most out of this camp session.  A full commitment and attendance to the weeklong activities is required.  At the conclusion of the week, a student showcase will be held at the Summer Jazz Café at Two River Theatre in Red Bank.

At Red Bank Regional High School, 101 Ridge Road, Red Bank • JULY 22-26 • 10AM – 4PM • Ages:13-19 • $360

Click here for Jazz Arts Academy Camp registration.

For more information on the Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie, call 732.224.8778 x 125.



MONMOUTH CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: Earlier this year, we proudly announced that the Monmouth Conservatory of Music had joined the Basie Academy. Over the last 50 years, more than 10,000 area students have been taught to perform, understand and appreciate classical music through the conservatory, a mission that will continue beneath the Basie Academy umbrella. The Monmouth Conservatory is committed to making music accessible to students and community residents of all ages and financial means through scholarship, outreach programs and free public concerts.

For additional info on the Conservatory, visit or call 732-741-8880 or 732.224.8778 x 124.

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Summer Music Theory And Composition For All Ages
Taught by Monmouth Conservatory alumni and faculty Andrew Kosinski, this course is an introduction to the analytical side of music, as well as an opportunity to explore the craft of music composition. Designed for the intermediate performer with basic reading skills, this experience is perfect for high school students wishing to prepare for the AP Music Theory curriculum… or instrumentalists of any age who have an interest in writing their own music! An informal performance showcasing student compositions will be held on the last day of the class.
Classes held Wednesdays: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 1 – 2:30PM• Ages: 12 & UP • $200

Click here to register for Summer Music Theory and Composition for All Ages



The COUNT BASIE CENTER VOICES is a choral ensemble made up of the region’s best singers in 7th through 12 grades, who have performed with everyone from Foreigner to Patti LuPone! This fall, the Voices cast will convene once again to join Tony winner Bernadette Peters and other legends on the historic Basie stage. Visit for information on auditions and upcoming VOICES appearances.

For more information on the Count Basie Center VOICES, call 732.224.8778 x 125.


Performing Arts Academy


The Count Basie Center Performing Arts Academy also offers Broadway musical programs for kids, group and private vocal instruction, audio engineering, digital composition and more. Click here to learn about all of our Academy offerings.