THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ INSTITUTE
The New Orleans Jazz Institute is a partnership between NOJO and the University of New Orleans (UNO) that links UNO’s strengths in Jazz education with NOJO’s professional and performance expertise. NOJI provides year-round music education and training for children ages 8-17, and serves to promote creative excellence and best practices in Jazz composition, performance, scholarship, importation, exportation and education. Through NOJI, we are able to ensure that the rich musical heritage of New Orleans not only continues but advances.
Project Prodigy is a summer music camp for New Orleans public school students in 4th - 8th grades that enriches musical skills and nourishes an appreciation of the arts. The camp is led by seven instructors, all of whom are professional music teachers in Orleans Parish Public Schools. In addition, local musicians provide hands-on demonstrations, and - throughout the year - students can participate in a series of field trips focused on the culture of New Orleans music. The camp runs from June through mid-July, ending with a concert for friends and family. The one-time enrollment fee is $50.
2013 Dates: Registration June 1 & 8, Camp June 10 - July 5
Saturday Music School (SMS)
Through NOJI, our partnership with UNO, SMS offers a comprehensive music curriculum that features applied music instruction; quality instructors from UNO, NOJI and NOJO, and contracted artistic personnel; group lessons for beginning students; private applied music lessons for more advanced students; music appreciation and beginning theory classes for all; and performance opportunities at NOJO hometown concerts and festivals such as French Quarter Fest. Aspiring SMS students must audition and exhibit core abilities. SMS is free of charge to all participants.
Spring 2013 Dates (all 10:00am - 1:00pm): Febraury 2 & 16; March 2, 9, 16 & 30; April 6, 13, 20 & 27; May 4
Spring Recital: May 11
NOJI Masters Series
Each semester, NOJI commissions Jazz music based on certain themes. The music is created by Steve Masakowski, the Coca-Cola Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies; and NOJO members Victor Atkins, the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Music, and Ed Petersen, Associate Chair of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies.
"New Orleans as Discourse" Class
"New Orleans as Discourse" is a 14-week course at The University of New Orleans that allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New Orleans cultural community (Art, Humanities and Music) about their areas of expertise. Find out more >>
NOJI is in the development stages of a Jazz Archive honoring the Jazz Masters of New Orleans.
Through NOJI and the Capital One-New Beginnings Charter Schools Network, NOJO is designing a Jazz Curriculum that was initially taught to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. The curriculum examines the sounds of Jazz, contributors to Jazz and Jazz instruments.
"Music Inside Out" is a look at the music of New Orleans and its influence around the world. Each class at The University of New Orleans features a live performance and interview with a local musician or band. Find out more >>
NOJI's Advisory Board hosted three "BubbleQ" fundraisers featuring premium champagnes from Glazer's Distributors of Louisiana and "Haute Cuisine Barbeque" delicacies from New Orleans' finest restaurants and chefs.
*2012 Participating Restaurants: Fat Hen Grocery, Ste. Marie, The Grill Room at Windsor Court, Irvin Mayfield's I Club, Saucy's BBQ Grill, VooDoo BBQ & Grill, Borgne and Sucré!! Water provided by vitaminwater®.