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The Young Artist Academy (YAA) is a program for talented and motivated young people who are interested in studying music. It is dedicated to nurturing the full development of undiscovered talent in the Greater New Orleans area. Children who audition can do so without instruments by singing, clapping or displaying musical ability in some other way.
The YAA is a comprehensive program where young artists from first to eighth grade are selected through an audition process. Once accepted, students receive 8-10 private lessons per semester aiming to enhance their full musical development through a special curriculum.
Instruments to be taught:
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
Brass: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Percussion: Mallet instruments (Xylophone, Marimba), Snare, Bass Drum, Timpani
To join YAA:
All interested students must submit a complete application. Applications must include:
- the application form
- a written personal statement that succinctly explains why the applicant is interested and why he/she should be considered for this program
- two letters of recommendation from a school or private teacher and another adult (non-relative) who has had interaction with the applicant
After the completed application is received, applicants will be contacted with the time and date of the audition which will take place in late August or early September annually. Special consideration will be given to promising young people with financial hardships.
Why should you consider YAA?
Being designated as a young artist entitles you to instruction with amazing teachers who use various methods such as the Suzuki method, along with other traditional methods. It will allow you to develop and solidify your skills as a young musician.