The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music

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Kidd Jordan teaching at the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music. Photo by Stephen Houser.

Kidd Jordan teaching at the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music. Photo by Stephen Houser.

I try to help them with their instrument and with the jazz vocabulary. Then they can take it an do something with it.

Edward "Kidd" Jordan

THE DON "MOOSE" JAMISON HERITAGE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's principal music education program. It's free, and open to kids ages 10 to 17 from throughout the greater New Orleans region.

We teach the performance technique and theory of jazz music. Our instruction is universal and may be applied to all styles of music, but the focus is on jazz - which is the cornerstone of all American music. We expect our students to have an interest in learning jazz.

FALL 2014 AUDITIONS
Auditions for the Fall 2014 semester will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Dillard University's Cook Fine Arts Center. (Classes will move to our new facility, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, in January.)

New students are welcome. No advance registration is necessary. Please see the Enrollment Guidelines below. Contact us if you have questions. Only new students must attend the auditions; returning students may skip the auditions. Regular classes will resume on Sept. 20.

PROGRAM HISTORY
For details on the history of the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, please see here.

SCHOOL INFOMRATION
The Heritage School of Music serves students ages 10 to 17 from throughout the greater New Orleans region. Classes are held on Saturday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the second floor of the Cook Fine Arts Center at Dillard University (2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans). Instruction is available in:

  • Brass
  • Woodwinds
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar

The Heritage School of Music does not provide instruments. Students should own their own instruments and (except for piano and drums) bring them to the auditions and to class each week.

FACULTY
The Heritage School of Music provides free instruction by some of the best jazz musicians and educators in New Orleans - and in the world. They are:

Derek Douget, program coordinator and woodwinds
Edward “Kidd” Jordan, artistic director and woodwinds/fundamentals
Leah Chase, voice
Michael Pellera, piano
Peter Harris, bass
Don Vappie, guitar/strings
Leon Brown, brass
Ricky Sebastian and Geoff Clapp, drums

ENROLLMENT GUIDELINES
The Heritage School accepts beginning to advanced students.

Beginners should have completed at least one year of prior instruction on their instruments. They should be able to play a major and minor scale, identify notes on a staff and play at least one song. Students should own their own instruments and should bring them to the auditions.

More advanced students should be prepared to:

  • Perform a song (preferably a jazz standard) that demonstrates their full range of ability
  • Demonstrate an ability to improvise over a blues form in the keys of F and B flat
  • Play a chromatic scale (two octaves)
  • Sight-read an unfamiliar jazz composition
  • For pianists and bassists, demonstrate a fundamental ability to read chord changes

Drummers should have at least some experience with:

  • Single stroke and double stroke rolls
  • Flams and paradiddles
  • Reading snare drum music
  • Playing very basic jazz beat and rock/funk beat
  • Second Line rhythms
  • Playing a C Major scale on the piano

Vocalists should be able to sing an unfamiliar melodic phrase after hearing it once or twice. Experience with reading music is a plus.

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION AND CLASS SCHEDULE
Students (or their parents) interested in attending the Heritage School of Music should complete the student enrollment form in the Downloads section below and bring it with them to the audition.

Classes for the Fall 2013 semester will begin on Saturday, Sept. 14. Classes will continue through May, culminating with a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presentyed by Shell.

Students will be given written evaluations at the start and end of each semester.

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
The Heritage School of Music is a free program. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation is working hard to provide excellent educational and performance opportunities. We ask students who enroll in the program to maintain a consistent attendance record.

Especially with regard to the public performance opportunities that we provide, adequate preparation is essential.

As a result, we have instituted a policy that students who accumulate more than three unexcused absences in a semester will not be eligible to participate in the public performances and/or recording sessions organized for Heritage School students.

For medical absences, a note from a doctor or parent must be submitted to the program director within one week of the absence in order for an absence to be considered excused.

For non-medial absences, students must submit a written request to the program director before they miss a class for the absence to be considered excused.

BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE POLICIES
Due to situations we have had in recent semesters, we are now adhering to policies to prevent disruptions during our classes, and to maintain a positive atmosphere during instruction. 

NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES. Students may not use mobile electronic devices during class time for phone calls, text messages, social media or Internet uses. In case of an emergency in which a student may need to make or receive a call, they must exit the classroom. In all other cases, the use of mobile electronic devices during school hours anywhere in the building is strictly prohibited. Students who violate this policy will have their phone (or other device) taken away until the end of class time. Students who violate the policy three times will be dismissed from school for the remainder of the semester.

NO CLASS DISRUPTIONS, NO BABYSITTING. The Heritage School of Music is a free music instruction program. It is not a babysitting service for parents to drop off children who may or may not have an interest in learning jazz. We expect our students to be engaged in the instruction and to participate enthusiastically. Too often in the recent past we have had students whose lack of interest in the material has led them to be disruptive in class. Students who disrupt class or do not participate will be given a warning and their parents/guardians will be notified. After a second infraction, they will be removed from the classroom and we will ask to meet with the parents or guardians. After a third infraction, students will be removed from the program for the remainder of the semester.

For more information, please contact the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation by calling (504) 558-6100, or by emailing Derek Douget at ddouget@jazzandheritage.org.

Questions? Contact the Jazz & Heritage Foundation Programs Department by calling (504) 558-6100.

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