A wonderful musical opportunity awaits Monmouth and Ocean County teens beginning this weekend.

If you have a teen who is good at their instrument and can read music, who is looking to be in a small ensemble and learn about improvisation and music theory, and who would like the opportunity to learn from and work with professional, world-renowned jazz musicians and conductors, then read on.

The Jazz Arts Project is NOT a music school where kids are taught how to play an instrument. This is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to bring great jazz music shows to our area and to keep jazz music alive and appreciated by our younger generations.

They do this through their Jazz Arts Academy by taking teens who are proficient at any instrument and teaching them the love of jazz and how to play it in an ensemble or combo. Then they take the show on the road for the public's enjoyment.

Even if you think your child is getting enough out of their school band(s), this is an amazing supplemental program that will only make your son or daughter better at their musical talents.

And this program rarely interferes with other school activities, as it takes place on Sunday afternoons from 4 - 6 pm.

Your talented teen will also benefit from meeting other fellow peer musicians throughout our area from several different school districts who all come together and make new friends that have the same love of music.

Members of this jazz academy have benefited in ways such as letters of recommendation for college from famous jazz musicians who have come to mentor the kids, scholarship money to colleges from having this jazz academy on their resume, students who have gone on to form jazz bands that have become successful, and opportunities to play at venues both in our area and even in NYC with famous musicians that came about through performing with this academy.

Classes start this Sunday, Sept. 30th, so register now if you'd like your teen to have this awesome opportunity.

Speaking from personal experience, this program has changed my son's life for the better. If you'd like to personally ask me questions about the program, feel free to email me: liz.jeressi@townsquaremedia.com

To find out more about the Jazz Arts Project, CLICK HERE.

For more info on the Jazz Arts Academy, CLICK HERE.

Registration for the Jazz Arts Academy is done through the County Basie Performing Arts Programs' website, so CLICK HERE to register.