Jazzanooga announces open fall registration for its free youth cultural enrichment program, The Youth Music Academy. The 12-week program, designed for Hamilton County students ages 12-18, aims to elevate the values of discipline, focus and teamwork along with their musical skills.
The academy began earlier this year as a four month pilot program that targeted musically inclined students within the Greater Chattanooga region that have little or no access to the arts. “One of our primary goals with this program from the very beginning was to make music education and its overall benefits accessible to our youth regardless of their financial means, states Shane Morrow, director of Jazzanooga.
“It serves as a cultural backdrop for them to actively engage in music instruction and theory of Jazz and Blues, its history and relevance to our city as well as our diverse American culture.”
The Jazzanooga Youth Academy will offer progressive, sequential music skill building and personal learning opportunities for up to 30 students on Saturdays. Performance opportunities, individually and within an ensemble, will be showcased at the end of the program at various venues and events presented by Jazzanooga.
The fall programming schedule will feature two distinctive options for the students aside from Jazz and Blues music theory; instrumental and vocal training programs.
The classes will officially begin in mid-September. For more information on the classes and on how to register, go to the Jazzanooga website page, Youth Music Academy.