Spartan Youth Jazz Orchestra

Spartan Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) provides an opportunity for middle school musicians to learn and perform music in the Big Band setting and provides quality music education through fun and unique learning techniques.

SYJO begins Monday October 8 and rehearses on Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. Led by acclaimed jazz artist and educator Sean Dobbins, this band expands access to high-level jazz education for metro area youth. 

Spartan Youth Jazz Programs

SYJO is for middle school students with one or more years’ playing experience on their instrument. The ensemble is also open to non-traditional jazz instruments including, but not limited to tuba, French horn and strings.

Curriculum includes:

  • Major, Minor, and Blues Scales
  • Instrumental Techniques
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Beginning Improvisation
  • Beginning Jazz Repertoire

Instrumentation: saxophone (5), trumpet (4), trombone (4), drumset, guitar and piano.

Applicants should send a brief audition video (phone video) to show skill level to cmsd@msu.edu attn: Perry Holmes. We are now accepting audition videos for the Fall 2018 semester!