Saturday: Basie Center Academy offers free, online ‘Make Your Own Instrument’ session


OImage result for homemade instrumentn Saturday, March 21st, the Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts has the perfect gift for parents worn down after a week of teaching:

A break.

The Count Basie Center Academy, home to the Monmouth Conservatory and the Academy’s new School Of Music, will present a free, online “Make Your Own Instrument” session for children aged 4-8, as part of the nonprofit organization’s ‘social distancing’-friendly efforts to widen its mission to inspire, educate and entertain.

Parents interested in the free session must register in advance, and should also have the following ‘found objects’ on hand to help create their homemade instruments:

  • An empty, long tissue box
  • A paper towel tube
  • 4-5 rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Crayons, markers and stickers (optional)

In light of the COVID-19 emergency, the Count Basie Center is launching a number of Virtual Learning opportunities through its Academy, including private voice and acting lessons, one-on-one, private instrument lessons through its Conservatory of Music, online auditions for future junior productions on the Basie main stage and more. Additional opportunities will be announced in weeks to come. For more information, continue to visit, or call 732-224-8778 x 125 during regular business hours.