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Heritage School of Music Fall Applications Are Open

07:00 August 08, 2023
By: Burke Bischoff

Free Music Classes for NOLA Students

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's signature education program, the Heritage School of Music, is accepting applications for Fall 2023.

Also known as the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, the program, which was started in 1990, provides free music instructions to hundreds of students. It takes place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on 1225 N. Rampart St., which has a 200-seat auditorium, seven state-of-the-art classrooms, and a recording studio.

The main program offers classes for intermediate and advanced students, as well as a special HSM Beginners program for kids who never studied music before.

Here are the different levels and classes that are offered.


Classes on Mondays or Tuesday from 5-7 p.m.

· One hour of Instrumental Studio, which focuses on instrumental techniques like note location, tone production, and ergonomically correct posture.

*Studio classes offered for Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass, and Electric Bass.

· One hour of Music Fundamentals, which teaches the basics of sight reading, elementary ear training, and pitch/rhythm identification.


Classes on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

· One hour of Instrumental or Voice Studio.

· One hour of either Musicianship, Rhythm Sectional, or Horn Sectional.

* Musicianship teaches sight reading, ear training, and pitch/rhythm notation, chord notation, and form analysis for all instruments.

* Rhythm Sectional incorporates ensemble playing and teaches chord notation, form analysis, form internalization, and intro to concepts in improvisation; specifically for drums, guitar, piano, and bass.

* Horn Sectional focuses on section playing with emphasis on group articulation, dynamics, and intonation; for all wind instruments.


Classes on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; option to attend the Thursday classes

· One hour of Music Theory, which covers anything from the basic elements of ear training and music notation to advanced harmony and composition.

· One hour of Instrumental Studio.

· Either one hour of Combo or Choir.

* Combo, with levels 1-5, teaches a spectrum of genres like traditional New Orleans, Contemporary New Orleans Composers, Afro-Caribbean, and 20th Century American Songbook.

* Choir teaches students a capella versions of songs from the American Songbook and more. Singers perform with combos and select students can be given the opportunity to perform solo pieces with combos.

In addition, the program also puts on student performances for both the Heritage School of Music and the HSM Beginners program.

Any student who is interested in taking part in the Heritage School of Music must fill out or have a parent/guardian fill out an audition request form on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's website. The minimum age for enrollment is 8 years old.

Visit the foundation's website for more information about the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music.

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