Jazz Academy is a free music and leadership development program for middle school students who have an interest in performing music and want to strengthen their abilities. Open to students in 6th through 8th grade, members meet weekly, after school at Jazz St. Louis. Each week, Jazz Academy students participate in a variety of activities ranging from individual music lessons and ensemble classes to tutors that work directly with students on their homework. Jazz Academy 2020-21 will begin on September 14th 2019.

*As space is limited, students living within the city of St. Louis and are students in the St. Louis Public School District are admitted first. As space is available, students residing in St. Louis County are considered.


2:30 pm – Arrive at Jazz St. Louis
2:30–3:00 pm – Snack and Wind Down
3:00–4:30 pm – Individual Instrument Instruction
4:30–5:30 pm – Ensemble Rehearsal
5:30–6:00 pm – Dinner
6:00–7:00 pm – “Tuned In!” (Academic Support)
7:00 pm – Dismissal


In addition to the weekly, after-school sessions, one Saturday each month students will attend our Saturday Leadership Academy at the Steward Center for Jazz. The Leadership Academy focuses on cultivating leadership and teamwork skills while continuing to develop students’ musical abilities. Saturday Leadership Academy activities range from teambuilding workshops, to music master classes, to yoga and field trips to local institutions. Below is an example of the Saturday Leadership Academy schedule.

8:50 am – Arrive at Jazz St. Louis
8:50–9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30–10:00 am – Ice Breaker
10:00–11:00 am – Leadership Workshop
11:00–11:15 am – Break
11:15–12:00 pm – Music Workshop
12:00–12:30 pm     Lunch
1:00 pm       Depart

Applications and Contact

Applications will be available soon. Please check back before April 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Carlos T. Brown Jr. at [email protected] or 314.584.6573.


Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education and community engagement.

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