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ABOUT JAS LEI

JAS LEI (Local Education Initiatives) develops programming that complements existing public school music programs and replaces programs where schools suffer losses due to budget cuts. These programs are invaluable to students and teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley and 1-70 corridor.

Since 1996 JAS has donated over $7.5 million to these and other education initiatives!

Find out what is happening with JAS LEI in our latest JAS Education Newsletter here or scroll down to learn more about the individual programs JAS supports.

The Beat Lab was designed to introduce students to the concepts and creation of electronic music and tracks while simultaneously having them create the music that is being used for these tracks through the Berklee Pulse program. It is an applied education involving them on the instrument they play, learning how to arrange their music with the instruments from other members in the group.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass is thrilled to be a member of the Berklee City Music Network, a nonprofit education program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach under-served 4th-12th graders across the country. Through this partnership JAS has introduced Berklee PULSE, a state-of-the-art online method of teaching, to local Middle and High Schools. Berklee City Music and JAS also offer two full scholarships for deserving students to attend the prestigious Berklee 5-Week Summer program each August. For more information on Berklee City Music Network please visit: www.berkleecitymusicnetwork.org

Students from the Western Slope of CO are nominated by their instructors to attend a weekend of workshops, sectionals and public concerts with a faculty from accredited music programs at CU, DU and Mesa State College. This year’s District 8 Honor Jazz takes place at Roaring Fork High School Feb 7th & 8th and ends with a free and open to the public performance on Saturday, Feb 8th at 5pm.

The Faculty Assistance Program provides funding to bring local musicians into classrooms to offer student assistance in an instrument that is not their teacher’s discipline or in classes that are so large instructors aren’t able to offer the individual assistance that may be needed. A portion of the Faculty Assistance budget was graciously granted by the Aspen Thrift Shop.

JAS has partnered with the JFMAF Scholarship Fund to increase awareness and reach of their scholarships, and to co-present new programming creating more opportunities for students to expand their drive and expertise in the medium of sound. The fund’s goal is to award scholarships to high school graduates who show exceptional promise in the medium of sound and are committed to continuing their education.

Pays to Play is a private lesson fund allowing Roaring Fork Valley youth to take private music lessons in any discipline from a local instructor recommended by JAS. JAS pays for 3 hours of lessons to increase opportunities for music education, while supporting the economy of local musicians.

If you would like to have your student participate in the Pays to Play program please take a look at the Directory below and choose a teacher that fits you and your child’s needs. Reach out to the teacher directly and they will get you started. If you have questions please reach out to Rose at the JAS Offices: 970-920-4996.

  • Pays To Play – 2021 Private Lessons Instructor Directory

A two-day weekend event open to all female instrumentalists/vocalists of any ability level ages 10-18. Intentions are to provide young female jazz musicians high quality educational experiences in an environment that gives them a sense of belonging and community, a safe place to explore their artistic selves, and extra support and enlarged context for the role of women in jazz. The workshop concludes with a public performance featuring all of the students.

Presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass in association with the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts in the Fall of 2020. Dates of 2020 program are currently TBD.

Sonic Showdown is a showcase for young musical talent from Aspen to Rifle. This is a unique opportunity to show off what you can do! All forms and genres of music are welcome: DJs, bands, soloists, vocalists, rappers, collaborations, etc.! Next Sonic Showdown TBD.

The goal of this program is to help local students and families financially to acquire intermediate to professional quality instruments so they will be better equipped to succeed in their musical goals. Families apply for available funds and are eligible to receive assistance of up to 50% of the cost of a new instrument. Check back in the Fall of 2020 for our application and deadlines.

The objective of the JAS Instructor Assistance Program is to provide public music teachers with administrative assistance from an upper-level student, thereby allowing them more time to focus on teaching/lesson plans/etc. vs. the administrative tasks that are often so overwhelming. JAS encourages teachers to choose students who could use the benefit of a paid position, as well as the benefit of the experience they can carry into college and beyond.

Stuff for Students supports local schools through instrument and equipment grants and funds to repair broken instruments throughout the school year. See how you can help.

This Summer Camp consists of one-week sessions targeted toward applied techniques for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players, as well as a computer-based JAS Beat Lab session. JAS brings in faculty from CU as well as local musicians. Look for 2021 Summer Camp information in early spring.

This program provides complimentary performance tickets for the JAS June and Labor Day Experiences and the JAS Café to teachers and students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley school districts.

ADULT EDUCATION

In 2017 JAS initiated a broad new effort with the goal of expanding the organization’s music education programs from the classroom to the community, inspiring knowledge in students of all ages and building a future audience for jazz and related forms of music. The initiatives include the JAS Listen Up! Pre-concert discussions, in which artists performing at the JAS Café discussing their personal histories and the history of the origin of the music they will perform.

JAS Listen Up! Talks have currently been postponed due to current COVID-19 restrictions. We are hoping to bring back this program for the 2021 Winter Series.

Free for ticket buyers of the shows, Listen Up! Talks will start 45 minutes prior to showtime. JAS is also expanding its use of historic context for all JAS Café artists, combining relevant music facts along with artist bios and playlists. There will be additional pre-concert blog and social media posts with illuminating inside stories about the music, while the JAS Café Corner will continue to be an ongoing “go to” resource for interested JAS attendees to continue their musical education.

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LOCAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES

ABOUT JAS LEI

JAS LEI (Local Education Initiatives) develops programming that complements existing public school music programs and replaces programs where schools suffer losses due to budget cuts. These programs are invaluable to students and teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley and 1-70 corridor.

Since 1996 JAS has donated over $7.5 million to these and other education initiatives!

Find out what is happening with JAS LEI in our latest JAS Education Newsletter Here! or scroll down to learn more about the individual programs JAS supports.

The Beat Lab was designed to introduce students to the concepts and creation of electronic music and tracks while simultaneously having them create the music that is being used for these tracks through the Berklee Pulse program. It is an applied education involving them on the instrument they play, learning how to arrange their music with the instruments from other members in the group.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass is thrilled to be a member of the Berklee City Music Network, a nonprofit education program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach under-served 4th-12th graders across the country. Through this partnership JAS has introduced Berklee PULSE, a state-of-the-art online method of teaching, to local Middle and High Schools. Berklee City Music and JAS also offer two full scholarships for deserving students to attend the prestigious Berklee 5-Week Summer program each August. For more information on Berklee City Music Network please visit: www.berkleecitymusicnetwork.org

Students from the Western Slope of CO are nominated by their instructors to attend a weekend of workshops, sectionals and public concerts with a faculty from accredited music programs at CU, DU and Mesa State College.This year’s District 8 Honor Jazz takes place at Roaring Fork High School Feb 7th & 8th and ends with a free and open to the public performance on Saturday, Feb 8th at 5pm.

The Faculty Assistance Program provides funding to bring local musicians into classrooms to offer student assistance in an instrument that is not their teacher’s discipline or in classes that are so large instructors aren’t able to offer the individual assistance that may be needed. A portion of the Faculty Assistance budget was graciously granted by the Aspen Thrift Shop.

JAS has partnered with the JFMAF Scholarship Fund to increase awareness and reach of their scholarships, and to co-present new programming creating more opportunities for students to expand their drive and expertise in the medium of sound. The fund’s goal is to award scholarships to high school graduates who show exceptional promise in the medium of sound and are committed to continuing their education.

Pays to Play is a private lesson fund allowing Roaring Fork Valley youth to take private music lessons in any discipline from a local instructor recommended by JAS. JAS pays for 3 hours of lessons to increase opportunities for music education while supporting the economy of local musicians.

If you would like to have your student participate in the Pays to Play program please take a look at the Directory below and choose a teacher that fits you and your child’s needs. Reach out to the teacher directly and they will get you started. If you have questions please reach out to Rose at the JAS Offices: 970-920-4996.

  • Pays To Play -2019 Private Lessons Instructor Directory

A two-day weekend event open to all female instrumentalists/vocalists of any ability level ages 10-18. Intentions are to provide young female jazz musicians high quality educational experiences in an environment that gives them a sense of belonging and community, a safe place to explore their artistic selves, and extra support and enlarged context for the role of women in jazz. The workshop concludes with a public performance featuring all of the students.

Presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass in association with the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Next program dates TBD.

Sonic Showdown is a showcase for young musical talent from Aspen to Rifle. This is a unique opportunity to show off what you can do! All forms and genres of music are welcome: DJs, bands, soloists, vocalists, rappers, collaborations, etc.! Date and location for the next Sonic Showdown is TBD.

The goal of this program is to help local students and families financially to acquire intermediate to professional quality instruments so they will be better equipped to succeed in their musical goals. Families apply for available funds and are eligible to receive assistance of up to 50% of the cost of a new instrument. Check back in the Fall of 2020 for the application and deadlines.

The objective of the JAS Instructor Assistance Program is to provide public music teachers with administrative assistance from an upper-level student, thereby allowing them more time to focus on teaching/lesson plans/etc. vs. the administrative tasks that are often so overwhelming. JAS encourages teachers to choose students who could use the benefit of a paid position, as well as the benefit of the experience they can carry into college and beyond.

Stuff for Students supports local schools through instrument and equipment grants and funds to repair broken instruments throughout the school year.

This Summer Camp consists of one-week sessions targeted toward applied techniques for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players, as well as a computer-based JAS Beat Lab session. JAS brings in faculty from CU as well as local musicians. Look for 2021 Summer Camp information in early spring.

This program provides complimentary performance tickets for the JAS June and Labor Day Experiences and the JAS Café to teachers and students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley school districts.

JAS ACADEMY

July 26 -August 9, 2021 -Aspen, CO

Check back for the deadlines of the 2021 Application

Learn more about the Academy here

JAS has enhanced and grown the all-scholarship JAS Academy (founded in 1996), through a new collaboration between JAS and the prestigious Frost School of Music at The University of Miami. The 2021 JAS Academy will be under the virtual direction of JAS Academy Artist Director Christian McBride, working in tandem with Frost Dean Shelly Berg and Program Director Chuck Bergeron. The Frost School of Music has become a nationally recognized program noted for its focus on producing successful musicians trained not just in performance but in the business of music in the 21st century. The JAS Academy is supported annually by a multi-year gift from Sasha & Ed Bass. Programming for all students will include a combination of: 1. Big Band (under the direction of Christian McBride) 2. Small Combo Format (under the direction of Frost School of Music Faculty including Chuck Bergeron & Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch) 3. Select Frost School of Music curriculum, including topics essential to developing well-rounded musicians that have the tools to succeed in the music industry such as: Arranging, Recording, Touring, Agent Representation, Artist Management, Contracts, Website Development, and Digital Rights (under the direction of Rey Sanchez)

Get to know our 2020 JAS Academy Students below and click here to learn more about their experience in this DownBeat 2019 article!

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ADULT EDUCATION

In 2017 JAS initiated a broad new effort with the goal of expanding the organization’s music education programs from the classroom to the community, inspiring knowledge in students of all ages and building a future audience for jazz and related forms of music. The initiatives include the JAS Listen Up! Pre-concert discussions, in which artists performing at the JAS Café discussing their personal histories and the history of the origin of the music they will perform. Talks for the 2021 Winter Season are listed below (subject to change and cancellation):●Alphonso Horne -Friday, Jan 10th at 7:15pm prior to 8pm Show●Martin Taylor & Laurence Juber -Friday, Jan 31st at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show●Curtis Stigers -Thursday, Feb 13th at 7:15pm prior to 8pm Show●Duchess -Thursday, Feb 20th at 7:15pm prior to 8pm Show●Poncho Sanchez -Saturday, March 7th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm Show●Carolyn Leonhart -Friday, March 13th at 6:15pm prior to 7pm ShowFree for ticket buyers of the shows listed above, Listen Up! Talks will start 45 minutes prior to showtime. JAS is also expanding its use of historic context for all JAS Café artists, combining relevant music facts along with artist bios and playlists. There will be additional pre-concert blog and social media posts with illuminating inside stories about the music, while theJAS Café Cornerwill continue to be an ongoing “go to” resource for interested JAS attendees to continue their musical education.

NEWS AND UPDATES

TICKETS