A place to meet musical friends, hone skills, and maximize your progress year-round.
For years, students who participate in our summer camps (and their parents) have been asking if UJB has any programs during the school year. We're excited to announce that we are now running the UJB Academy.
The curriculum for UJB Academy takes a lot inspiration from our popular summer camps-- organizing kids into bands and preparing them for a live performance in front of friends and family. However, the Academy includes a stronger music education component (theory, ear training, music business, etc.) and is spread out over a period of 12 weeks instead of 5 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN SIGN UP?
The Academy experience is designed for students between the ages of 8 and 18, and our new adults academy is for any musician who has graduated high school.
Students of all levels are welcome to participate the Utah Jam Bands academy, but require that all registered students are either enrolled in lessons with a private teacher of their choice OR audition to ensure they meet a set of admissions requirements.
HOW IS THE ACADEMY DIFFERENT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?
The Academy is a supplement to private lessons rather than a replacement for them. Students in the Academy will gain experience they could never get practicing on their own, and our musical curriculum will cover topics that our instructors (who all have their own private studios) believe are essential to musical development but are seldom covered in private lessons, due to time constraints.
Basic technique, however, is best taught in a private lesson environment. Academy students will be expected to learn and practice the music with their private instructor or on their own between rehearsals.
WHAT IS THE ACADEMY SCHEDULE?
Academy students meet one evening per week for 90 minutes for approximately 12 weeks.
The academy runs through the school year in two 3-month terms (September-December, January-March.) Students are required to commit for the entire term, but may choose to re-enroll or take a break for the next term.
The term culminates in a free concert, to which family and friends are invited.