Nothing about our school is conventional, especially our alumni.
Our program encouraged them to follow their most courageous instincts. That’s because we are a direct alternative to mainstream jazz education, where European classical music constitutes the curricular and cultural center of study. Here we situate European and other global streams within a jazz-oriented framework. We are a truly unique voice in an academic domain too often constrained by orthodoxy.
Our curriculum is designed for self-determined, self-directed learning toward individual outcomes. Students have the opportunity to choose their own lesson teacher from NYC community circles, create their own small ensembles, perform in a variety of venues, choose from a wide range of electives, and be encouraged to continuously develop self-reflective practice in determining their artistic identity. We promote a view of jazz and related contemporary forms as living art, an open canon ever informed by each new contemporary generation of fearless student artists.
Below is a list of some of our most notable alumni who have benefited from this exciting style of learning.
Walter Blanding, Jr.
Rebecca Coupe Franks
Burniss Earl Travis
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