Jazz Essentials 1 & 2 - Jazz Arts Academy

Sundays • 3-5PM • Beginning April 2, 2023

April 2 - June 11

Ages: 13+

Instructor: Anthony Ware & Zach Lorelli


This program enables students to hone skills in the language of jazz. It is a performance-based curriculum that includes ensembles, solos, music theory, and listening sessions.

Beginners will be introduced to concepts of jazz melody, phrasing, harmony, and improvisation.

More advanced students will dive deep into jazz theory and elevated performance training. Topics covered will include ii-V-I vocabulary, common scale patterns, advanced scales, and jazz history. Students will leave with an understanding of what and how to practice in order to become fluent improvisers.

Placement will be determined by performance evaluation. Students need to be between the ages of 13-18, have 3-4 years of experience playing their instrument, know at least 3-4 major scales, read music, and understand basic rhythms.

Tuition assistance grants and a limited number of full scholarships are available.  Please apply early, as these opportunities are limited.  Reach out to Zach Lorelli at [email protected] or Kiki Rausch at [email protected] for more information.  

Jazz Arts Academy is presented by the non-profit organization Jazz Arts Project, in a strategic arts partnership program with the Count Basie Center for the Arts.  For more information and an FAQ about the program visit: www.JazzArtsAcademy.org

Session Dates: Sundays 3-5 PM

  • April 2, 16, 23
  • April 30th International Jazz Day Event Participation 
  • May 7, 14, 21, 28
  • June 4, 11
  • June 11th Showcase Concert at the Vogel


Tuition Fee: $350

Location:  Basie’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music | Grunin Hall
                65 Chestnut St., Red Bank, NJ


While not required, the Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts strongly encourages students to wear masks on premises .*CDC / state guidance is subject to change.