The Jazz Study Artist curriculum is designed to engage students to an in-depth research learning process of the Biographical study of the artist, his/hers contribution to society and its cultural significant, while learning the musical compositions of said jazz artist.
The curriculum includes (1) Project Based Learning (PBL), which is more than just a teaching method; it is one example of excellence in our curriculum. It is a revitalization of education for students so they can develop intellectually and emotionally. By using real-world scenarios, challenges, and problems, students gain useful knowledge and skills that increase during their designated project periods. Projects include; creating a music industry company and/or a music school requiring teacher certification. The process goes from creating the vision, developing a plan of action; pursuing financial strategies and executing the plan.
(2) Career Pathways to Independence, a wraparound component, prepares our students for career development and the world of work with activities facilitated by Quest instructors, guest teaching artist, and industry employees. These activities include, job shadowing, internship opportunities, individual and group mentoring, walking tours through business firms, workshops in music composition, improvisation, music theory and history, instrumental and vocal master classes, financial literacy, musician contract case studies and NYC teacher certification requirements.