JABC_024_(Large)Aspiring young musicians will get a chance to learn with the pros, during a Summer Music Camp program that commences August 4 in Red Bank. (photos by Roberto Muolo)

Press release from Jazz Arts Project

Young people who want to experience the gift of learning to make music are invited to take part in a new one-­week head­start music camp for beginning instrumental music students. The program, coordinated by the Red Bank-based non­profit Jazz Arts Project,  will take place August 4 through 8 at Red Bank Middle School, and is offered free of charge to all interested students in the district.

The camp will offer individual and grouplessons, ensembles and workshops, led by a specialized and highly qualified staff experienced in music education and performance.

The program was initiated by Jazz Arts Project during the summer of 2012 in Asbury Park, and continues each year in that community.

JABC_185_(Large)Actor, singer and entertainer Joe Piscopo (back row, left) sat in on a recent Music Camp session in Asbury Park. The program sponsored by Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project comes to the borough’s Middle School this August.

Students who participate in this summer program are encouraged to continue their musical development as they enter the regular school year. Those who cannot afford, or who have not yet purchased an instrument are given one to use during the summer session.

Each child receives specialized and personal attention, and is offered the opportunity to try out different instruments in addition to their chosen one. Curriculum has been developed, and course materials, sheet music, and supplies are all provided. Students get private lessons each day, as well as group lessons in music theory, keyboard instruction, and group band and orchestra rehearsals.

Jazz Arts Project artistic director Joe Muccioli describes the importance of the program, saying, “Studies have consistently shown that participation in instrumental music enhances performance in academic studies, improves student attendance and graduation rates, and builds confidence, self worth, responsibility, social interaction skills, and a sense of community involvement. The study of music can truly change a life for the better.”

To register a student for this program, call Susan Brennan at the Count Basie Theatre at (732) 224­-8778 x125, or visit the Count  Basie Theatre Administrative Offices. The program is free, but students must be registered, and Parent/Guardian permission slips must be filled out. Anyone interested in contributing to this worthwhile cause can visit www.jazzartsproject.org, or email info@jazzartsproject.org for more information.