Aspiring jazz musicians in Florida will have the opportunity to train with fellows and faculty members from the prestigious Juilliard School, due to a new program between the world renowned performing arts conservatory and Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches. The new, independent high school in West Palm Beach, FL, was named as one of only six schools around the world selected to host a Juilliard Jazz Summer 2013 Workshop.
Taught by Juilliard's Jazz Division faculty and graduate students, the two week-long sessions are designed to give middle and high school students a taste of the Juilliard experience. The curriculum focuses on refining technique, performance, improvisation, theory, ear training, small combo training and broadening students' understanding of various jazz styles. The rigorous program will also prepare students for a future in music by teaching them essential skills and offering the opportunity to meet working, successful artists who have achieved a high status in the industry. The daily schedule will include a musicianship class, individual practice, ensemble work, big band rehearsal and conclude each day with a jam session.
"The joint program with The Juilliard School aligns perfectly with Oxbridge Academy's mission to provide a world-class, life-defining educational experience to students," said Robert C. Parsons, President and CEO of Oxbridge Academy. "Our own music program is run by one of Florida's best known music teachers, and he has an exciting, ambitious vision for the future of Oxbridge's music curriculum. We will additionally extend this opportunity to as many talented musicians as our campus can accommodate."
Cleve Maloon, who joined Oxbridge Academy in June as director of music programs, facilitated bringing the Juilliard Jazz Summer Workshop to the school. Maloon has deep connections within the music community, having taught for 11 years at the celebrated Bak Middle School of the Arts, which hosted the Juilliard Jazz Summer Workshops for the past two years.
"To be musically trained by The Juilliard School is the ultimate dream for any artist, regardless of age," said Maloon. "The young musicians who attend these workshops will have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best and get a glimpse of the college experience. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and every skill level from beginner to advanced will be accommodated."