How much do the ensembles cost?
Full tuition for the program is $75 per month. But, we don’t want anyone who can’t afford the program to be left out. We have scholarships based on need that can reduce the tuition. Visit our tuition and scholarships page to learn more.
What kind of programs do you have?
For students, we offer jazz ensembles that are focused on learning how to play and perform in the small ensemble setting. Our focus is on teaching students how to improvise.
Do I need jazz experience?
No. Our groups are tailored for different experience levels. Our Introduction to Jazz group does not require jazz experience. We have students with no experience and students who have been playing jazz for several years!
Do you have a program for singers?
Singers are more than welcome in our program. While we do not have a program for vocalists only, we will integrate singers into our ensembles.
Are there auditions?
No and maybe! There are no auditions for students who wish to participate in our Introduction to Jazz group. Students who wish to take part in one of our other groups may be required to audition if our directors are not familiar with your abilities. This is often not necessary.
When and Where do the rehearsals take place?
Our jazz ensembles meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon/evening or Sunday afternoon. When specific groups meet may change each year and is driven by our participants! We try to be as flexible as possible in order to meet everyone’s needs.
Rehearsals for all groups take place at the Milestones facility at 90 E. Escalon, Suite 115 in Fresno. The facility is centrally located in Fresno, east of Blackstone between Bullard and Sierra.
When does the program start?
The Fall semester program begins in September. Our Spring Semester program begins in mid-January.
Who directs the ensembles?
We are fortunate to be working with several of the Valley’s great jazz musicians. You can learn more about them on our director’s page.
I’m a musician, but I don’t participate in my school’s music program. Can I participate in Milestones?
Milestones is designed to complement a school’s music and creative arts program rather than replace it. As such, we strongly encourage you to participate in the program at your school (if one is available). If you are home-schooled or don’t participate in your school program, we require that you be taking lessons from a private instructor. If there is an issue with this, please contact us and we can discuss it.
I already play in my school’s jazz band. Can I still participate?
Yes! I’m sure your band director would agree that the more opportunities you have to play, the better off you will be! Our primary focus is on teaching students how to improvise. This builds creativity, confidence, and musicianship in general. It will also make you a stronger player in your school program.
I don’t know much about jazz. Does that matter?
We have many kids come into the program who don’t know much (or anything) about jazz. That’s why we are here. Learning to play jazz will make you a stronger, more creative musician and challenge you in ways that you probably haven’t been challenged before. It will be a great complement to your school program, and it is why so many band directors support having their students play in Milestones.
How can I learn more?
To learn more about the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop contact us here.