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Creative Music Program

“The best part was being able to play with and learn from more experienced players and teachers.”
- Student, Creative Music Program

The Kimmel Cultural Campus' Creative Music Program for Jazz is a school-year long program for grades 6-12 that exposes talented teens with a serious interest in music to teaching artists, master classes, and a well-rounded jazz education.  Students get the chance to perform at the Kimmel Center and in the community.   

Kimmel Jazz Collective for Young Artists

This audition-based, comprehensive program meets on Saturdays at the Kimmel Center and focuses on: 

  • Stimulating each student’s individual creativity 
  • Developing musicianship skills by using the framework of the jazz tradition. 

Throughout each season, students will explore the expansive field of creative music via: 

  • Original and legacy compositions 
  • Hands-on exploration of the rich jazz tradition 
  • Weekly music theory class 
  • Weekly intensive ensemble rehearsal 

… and many performance opportunities! 


Neighborhood Jams is the developmental program for Creative Music Program. Visit the Neighborhood Jams page to learn more. 

Registration for 22.23 begins June 15.

Acceptance into the Kimmel Jazz Collective for Young Artists is by audition only.  To audition, click on the registration link below and enter your information. Then submit a video audition by completing the steps below.  

Audition Requirements:

Perform a song of your choice that showcases your skill level on your instrument. (No previous jazz experience required for our fundamentals ensemble)  

  • Performance must be at least 45 seconds long and no longer than 3 minutes. 
  • Acceptance into program will be based on demonstration of the following skills: 
    • Technique (tone quality, articulation, range) 
    • Intonation 
    • Musicality (dynamics, phrasing, interpretation) 
  • Any genre of music is acceptable, but if you would like to be considered for an advanced ensemble, we highly suggest a performance that reflects your Jazz proficiency. 

Optional Materials for Experienced Jazz Musicians: 

  • Record yourself taking a 1-2 chorus solo over a jazz standard with a rhythm section or backing track. 
  • Examples of jazz standards: All The Things You Are, Autumn Leaves, Doxy, All of Me, Blue Bossa, Sandu* (If performing a blues, please record 2-3 choruses) 

Upload videos to YouTube or other online video share platform BY SEPTEMBER 24

Email video links to [email protected]. 

Register Here

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