Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but at the Moores School of Music summer always starts with the Texas Music Festival. While the majority of the festival is a workshop for college-level musicians, the jazz department hosts an annual Jazz Institute for high school students.
The TMF Jazz Institute is a week-long, intensive program for younger players with an interest in learning about and performing jazz music. Students are given the chance to rehearse with some of the best and brightest young performers from across the city in a big band setting under direction by MSM Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo.
Afternoon classes include:
- Instrumental sectionals with some of Houston’s top professional jazz players
- Music theory: the building blocks of music, learning jazz nomenclature, chords and scales
- Jazz improvisation: applying theory to your instrument, learning basic soloing techniques
- Master class jam sessions: our talented faculty gets a chance to show off their skills in an unrehearsed concert
We are always excited to be able to offer this course each summer. The TMF Jazz Institute is a great way for any aspiring young musician to get ahead in their pursuit of a musical career. For details and application information, click here.