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

The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music is the longstanding free education program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Our education initiatives have expanded to include:

Heritage School of Music, for students ages 10-17, who have at least one year of prior music instruction and who own their own instruments. Apply here. (Deadline: Sept. 1; auditions: Sept. 8)
HSM Beginners, for students ages 8-15, who have had little or no prior music instruction and who do not own an instrument (students who do own instruments are welcome). Apply here. (Deadline: Aug. 1; auditions, Aug. 18)
Vocal Workshops for Teens, for students ages 9-13, held weekly from January to April at New Orleans Recreation Development Commission facilities. For info, see here.
Pro Audio Workshops for Teens, for students ages 13-17, with classes in pro audio and sound production for recording studio and live concert environments. For info, see here

We have recently launched a new web site that is the main portal for all of our music education programs:

www.heritageschoolofmusic.org

For history about the Heritage School of Music, please see here.

For questions about our education programs, please contact hsm@jazzandheritage.org or call (504) 558-6112.

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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Audition Requirements

Policies and Behavior Code

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