Middle School Jazz Academy About the Program

Middle School Jazz Academy offers tuition-free instrumental jazz instruction to New York City middle school students. Students learn how to play jazz while emphasizing the importance of teamwork, creativity and self-expression, from members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and world-renowned jazz legends.

About the Program

MSJA meets weekly from October through May, culminating with a public performance at the close of each semester. Activities take place on Saturdays, 9am to 5pm, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s, Columbus Circle, and at the Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W. 108th Street, Manhattan, NYC.

Every week, students attend Saturday morning Academy at JALC. In the afternoon, students receive a 45-minute private lesson from an MSJA faculty member at the Bloomingdale School of Music. The MSJA faculty is made up of accomplished jazz musicians who are deeply committed to connecting with today’s youth through innovative teaching and mentoring techniques.

Students also have the opportunity to meet and learn from Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and world-renowned jazz legends during guest master classes each semester.

Participating MSJA students and their families are given tickets to attend performances and educational events at Jazz at Lincoln Center to supplement the curriculum and philosophy of MSJA.