The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music

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All of our music programs now take place at our new state-of-the-art education facility, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

All of our music programs now take place at our new state-of-the-art education facility, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

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

FALL 2016 AUDITIONS - AND NEW PROGRAMS!

Auditions for new students to join the 2016-2017 year of the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. They’ll take place at our new, state-of-the-art education facility, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street).

The Heritage School holds classes on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Regular classes for new and returning students will be from Sept. 17 to May 6. Students who participated in Heritage School during the 2015-2016 school year do not need to audition.

In addition to our regular Heritage School of Music classes, we also will have auditions on Sept. 10 for two new programs:

  • The Jazz & Heritage Brass Band. Brass band rehearsals will take place during our regular Saturday classes
  • The Jazz & Heritage A Capella Choir. This showcase for more advanced singers will have rehearsals during our regular Saturday and Thursday classes

All programs are free and open to kids ages 10 to 17, from throughout the greater New Orleans region. There is a $15 supplies fee per student.

To register for the auditions, please click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike in years past, we no longer will host auditions in January for new students to join the program.  Instead, we will host internal auditions in January to determine which of our students will be invited to participate in our performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Students also will have the opportunity in January to audition to move into a  more advanced group. Students who previously may have skipped the fall semester due to scheduling conflicts on Saturdays now are encouraged to join the program in the fall - but to take classes on Thursdays. This will preserve their opportunity to be considered for the end-of-year Jazz Fest performance.

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

THE DON "MOOSE" JAMISON HERITAGE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Operating since 1990, the Heritage School of Music is our longest-running education program. The school is free and serves students ages 10 to 17 from throughout the greater New Orleans region. Classes are held on Saturday mornings and after-school on Thursday afternoons at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans). 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.

The Heritage School provides instruction in:

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

The Heritage School of Music does not currently 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 and Meghan Swartz, piano
Peter Harris, bass
Don Vappie and David Mooney, guitar/strings
Leon Brown, brass
Ricky Sebastian and Geoff Clapp, drums

ENROLLMENT GUIDELINES
The Heritage School accepts beginning to advanced students between the ages of 10-17.

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.

Jazz & Heritage A Capella Choir Candidates should be prepared to:
    Sing a prepared piece from memory
    Sight-read a short melody
    Sing an unfamiliar melodic phrase after hearing it once
    Improvise over a recording of a 12 bar blues

Jazz & Heritage Brass Band Candidates should be prepared to:
    Sight-read a basic chart for a traditional New Orleans Brass Band standard
    Perform major triads

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION AND CLASS SCHEDULE
Parents or guardians of students interested in the Heritage School of Music, the Jazz & Heritage Brass Band or the Jazz & Heritage A Capella Choir should complete the student enrollment form that is online here.

Classes for the Fall 2016 semester will begin on Saturday, Sept. 17. Classes will continue through April, 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, plus once in the middle of each semester.

HERITAGE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
2016-2017 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Sat., Sept. 10: Auditions/ Theory Placement Exams for Prospective Students
Sept. 11-16: Makeup Auditions/ Theory Placement Exams for Prospective Students by appointment
Sat., Sept. 17: Orientation A; Makeup Auditions/ Theory Placement Exams for Prospective Students by appointment
Sept. 18-23: Makeup Auditions/ Theory Placement Exams for Prospective Students by appointment
Thurs., Sept. 22: Orientation B; Final grading and placements complete for new students
Sat., Sept. 24: First Day of Regular Saturday School (Last day for new students to join)
Thurs., Sept. 29: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Oct. 1:  Regular classes
Thurs., Oct. 6: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Sat., Oct. 8: Regular Classes
Thurs., Oct. 13: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Oct. 15: Regular Classes
Thurs., Oct. 20: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Sat., Oct. 22: Regular Classes
Sun., Oct. 23: Jam Session (5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.)
Thurs., Oct.27: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Oct. 29: Regular Classes/Theory Exam Day
Thurs., Nov. 3: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings; Makeup Theory Exams
Sat., Nov. 5: Regular Classes; Last day to Makeup Theory Exam
Thurs., Nov. 10: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Nov. 12: Regular Classes
Sun., Nov. 13: Jam Session (5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.)
Thurs., Nov. 17: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Sat., Nov. 19: Regular Classes
Nov. 22-27: HSM Thanksgiving Break
Thurs., Dec. 1: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Bras
Sat., Dec. 3: Regular Classes/Theory Review Block and Theory Exam
Thurs., Dec. 8: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings; Makeup Theory Exams
Sat., Dec. 10: Regular Classes; Makeup Theory Exams
Thurs., Dec. 15: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Dec. 17: Last Day of Fall 2016 Classes; Level 1 Combos Concerts and Award Ceremony to follow
Sun., Dec. 18: Level 2 & 3 plus choir and brass band Winter Concert and Awards
Dec. 22-Jan. 6:  HSM Winter Break
Sat. Jan. 7: Internal auditions: Current HSM students audition for Jazz Fest performance, or to move up to a higher combo level
Sat., Jan. 14: Regular HSM classes resume
Thurs., Jan. 19:  Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Sat., Jan. 21: Regular Classes
Thurs., Jan. 26: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Jan. 28: Regular Classes
Sun., Jan. 29: Jam Session (5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.)
Thurs., Feb. 2: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Sat., Feb. 4: Regular Classes; Theory Exam Day
Thurs., Feb. 9: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass; Makeup theory testing
Sat., Feb. 11: Regular Classes; Final Theory Exam Makeups
Thurs., Feb. 16: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Thurs., Feb 18: Regular Classes; NOTE: Plan accordingly for a parade day
Feb 23-Mar 8: HSM Mardi Gras Break
Sat., Mar. 4: Regular Classes
Thurs., Mar. 9: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Mar. 11: Regular Classes
Thurs., Mar. 16: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Sat., Mar. 18: Regular Classes
Thurs., Mar. 23: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Mar. 25: Regular Classes
Sun., Mar. 26: Jam Session (5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.)
Thurs., Mar. 30: Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings
Sat., Apr. 1: Regular Classes
Thurs., Apr. 6: Vocal, Drums, Woodwinds and Brass
Sat., Apr. 8: Regular Classes; Theory Exam Day
Sun., Apr., 9: French Quarter Fest performance for Levels 2 & 3
Apr. 13-15 HSM Spring Break
Thurs., Apr. 20:  Final Vocal Drums, Piano, Strings Sectional; Makeup theory Testing
Sat., Apr. 22: Regular Classes; Final Theory Makeup Tests*; All levels End of Year Concert and Awards Ceremony to follow
Sat., Apr. 29: Regular Classes for Level 2 & 3 Combos, Choir and Brass Band
Sat. May 6: Regular Classes for Level 2 & 3 Combos, Choir and Brass Band
Sun., May 7: Jazz Fest Performance for Level 2 & 3 Combos, Choir and Brass Band (Date subject to change)

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
The Heritage School of Music is a free program. There is a $15 supplies fee per student. 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 five absences in a semester will not be eligible to participate in the public performances and/or recording sessions organized for Heritage School students.

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) 558-6112, or by emailing hsm@jazzandheritage.org.

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