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 Academy at the Basie

ROCKIT: Calling all vocalists, drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, brass and string players! The Rockit! Live Academy, our resident rock and roll performance program runs four, six-week programs per year, where kids aged 8-18 learn a specific repertoire of songs supplemented with individual instruction. At the conclusion of the experience, as many as 45 young musicians form separate groups and perform live on the Basie Center stage! Musicians are encouraged to complement their private studies with our collaborative program. The Rockit! Academy is helmed by the Rockit! Live Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

AUDITIONS: Saturday, September 14th 10am-8pm • Call 732-224-8778 x 125 to reserve your timeslot.

Click here to download the Fall 2019 Application (PDF)

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

Orientation for accepted students will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 10am.

Rehearsals: Accepted students will be assigned to one 90-minute band rehearsal timeslot 4pm, 5:30pm or 7pm on either a Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri or Saturday between 9am-5:30pm. The rehearsal schedule dates for this session are as follows:

Tuesdays: September 24: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Wednesdays: September 25: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Thursdays: September 26: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Fridays: September 27: October 4, 11, 18, 25: November 1
Saturdays: September 28: October 5, 12, 19, 26: November 2

Concert: Sunday, November 3rd, 3pm on the stage of the Count Basie Center


For more information, please go to or the Count Basie Center 732-224-8778 x125


Jazz Arts Academy

Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie

The Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie is a comprehensive, year-round training program providing real world experience to aspiring teen jazz musicians, producing several dozen events each year ranging from intimate jazz café nights to large-scale events in concert halls and festivals. The Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie is a partnership with Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project, a nonprofit arts organization which provides world-class jazz events, music education programs, educational workshops and special youth programs.

Rehearsals: 4-6PM ● AGES: 13-19 ● Sundays from September 29 – December 1


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


Monmouth Conservatory of Music

The 50-year tradition of the Monmouth Conservatory of Music is now part of the Basie Academy’s Performing Arts 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.

The new Conservatory campus, located at 65 Chestnut Street in Red Bank, includes ten private instruction studios, an ensemble room and plenty of free parking for parents.

Private instrumental instruction is scheduled year-round and students may enroll at any time for lessons in:

  • Piano
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Violin
  • Clarinet
  • Euphonium
  • Viola
  • Oboe
  • Trombone
  • Cello
  • Saxophone
  • Organ
  • String Bass
  • Trumpet
  • Recorder
  • Guitar
  • Tuba
  • Lute

Plus, youth and adult orchestra training, guitar and cello ensembles and more.

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



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.