NJW Scholarship Lessons Program

GOAL: To provide the finest jazz education available to Nashville area teenagers.

ABOUT: The Scholarship Lessons Program is for high school or middle school students who are serious about musical studies and interested in pursuing careers in music. Students must apply, and when accepted receive a full honorarium for weekly private lessons with professional jazz players, as well as classes, books, and more.

The program has been going for the past five years and has produced remarkable and sometimes life-changing results. Many students from the program have gone on to major music schools, won scholarships, and placed at the top of competitions.

HOW: The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization with the mission to expand and enrich people’s lives by offering world class jazz education and performance in supportive and creative environments. NJW has received grants and assistance from generous donors and foundations to provide scholarship assistance.

GUIDELINES: This program is available for low-income students, indicated by the need for some form of financial aid (e.g., lunch program, tuition assistance). Other factors for acceptance include the studentʼs motivation and interest. Level of ability will be considered, but is not a determining factor. Qualified students with completed applications will be contacted with audition times. At the audition, students should have a piece of music prepared to play – jazz tunes are preferred

APPLY: Students need three things:

1. A completed application form (view and download)

2. A letter of recommendation from a current music teacher or band/choir director.

3. A typed two-page essay addressing both of the following questions:

a. What experience or experiences led to your decision to make music a serious and dedicated pursuit?

b. What role does jazz play in your ultimate professional goals?

SUBMIT: Completed applications can be submitted by

• Email: evan@nashvillejazz.org

• Fax: (615) 242-0977

• Mail: Nashville Jazz Workshop c/o E Cobb 1319 Adams St., Nashville, TN 37208