Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Harlem School of the Arts President Eric Pryor announce Beginning Jazz Band, a  world-class, tuition free, jazz education program at the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) in New York City.

A grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation to Jazz at Lincoln Center will fund the HSA Beginning Band.

A tuition-free program, comprised of middle school students (grades 6-8) who will participate in classes twice per week as well as master classes with distinguished jazz professionals who will perform throughout the year at Harlem School of the Arts. The innovative curriculum, instructed by Noah Bless and Jennifer Theilacker, teaches from a relevant cultural and aesthetic viewpoint and includes the “American musical imperatives” of blues, improvisation, and ear training.

No previous music training is necessary.


Submit your information below before September 15, 2018. A representative from the HSA Registration Department will contact you to finalize your registration process.


For questions about the HSA Beginning Jazz Band please contact Yolanda Wyns, Director of Music, ywyns@hsanyc.org.


About Jazz at Lincoln Center Education:
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs drive our organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. Our programs have been developed under the guiding vision of Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, who during his visits to schools throughout our nation observed that the caliber of jazz education was often inferior to that of other fine arts. In response, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers a continuum of jazz education programs that are designed to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults. Students learn about jazz’s distinctly American heritage and history as well as its greatest musicians and compositions; they explore its connection to other art forms and study how to play jazz. Today, over two-thirds of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming is educational—reaching more than 1,000,000 individuals of all ages and experiences in all 50 states through concerts, webcasting, and direct musical instruction and distribution of music scores free of charge.

About The Harlem School of the Arts:
Harlem School of the Arts enriches the lives of young people and their families through world-class training in and exposure to the arts across multiple disciplines in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives. HSA achieves its Mission on-site at The Herb Alpert Center by offering high quality, affordable, arts training in dance, music, theatre, and visual art to ethnically and socio-economically diverse young people aged 2-18; by providing financial aid and merit scholarships to those who need it most; and by developing key partnerships with other cultural institutions, colleges/universities, and conservatories to prepare our aspiring pre-professional students at the highest possible level.

About the Herb Alpert Foundation:
The Herb Alpert Foundation’s mission is to create and support the mechanisms and means through which young people can discover, harness and fully develop their unique creative energies and their special talents; To prepare young people to live free from prejudice so that they can be enriched through incorporating diverse people and perspectives into their worldview and life experience; To nurture a capacity for empathy and compassion so that the relationships we develop through our lives are based on mutual respect, tolerance and kindness.

HSA Music Department

Yolanda Wyns
Director of Music
(212) 926-4100 x312
Email: ywyns@hsanyc.org


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