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Summer Music Lesson Scholarship Applications

In conjunction with the New Jersey School of Music, SJMEP is once again awarding summer music lesson scholarships to beginner instrumentalists on flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet and trombone. Each scholarship consists of 10 free lessons that will be given at either the Cherry Hill or Medford location of the New Jersey School of Music. All students entering grades 4th though 8th in both Camden and Burlington Counties are eligible to apply for a scholarship. These are small group lessons and are geared towards the absolute beginner. If you have played your instrument before, even if just for a short while, then these lessons are not for you. There are about 200 scholarships available, so apply today. Applications are being accepted until June 14th, so apply today!

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SJMEP is hosting the 3rd Annual Pinelands Jazz Festival

South Jersey Music Education Partnership Hosted it’s 3rd Annual Pinelands Jazz Festival!

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September 16-18, 2016, Medford, NJ -South Jersey Music Education Partnership (sjmep.org) is hosting the 3rd annual Pinelands Jazz Festival (pinelandsjazz.com) to be held on Sunday, September 18th at YMCA, Camp Ockanickon (ycamp.org) at 1303 Stokes Rd., Medford, NJ. The music kicks off in the amphitheater at 2 PM and continues through 8 PM with a new band starting at the top of every hour. Tickets are $20 for a full day of music and other family friendly activities.

The lineup this year features some of the region’s top jazz artists including: M-Town Jazz Jam, Brian Betz Quartet featuring Denis DiBlasio, Paula Johns, Eric Mintel Quartet, Michelle Lordi Quartet featuring Larry McKenna and Sonny Troy, and Breckerville. In addition, young jazz artists will be performing in the “Woodshed” during intermissions. Vendors, crafters and artisans will be onsite and food will available for purchase in the dining hall. The expansive YMCA property on Lake Stockwell will be open for hiking, fishing and biking.

In addition to the main event on Sunday, the festival will kick off on Friday Night with our 2nd annual “Friday Night In Paris” to be held at historic Braddock’s Tavern in Medford. This event features Butlered Hors D’oeuvres and an open bar. Entertainment will be provided by The Hot Club of Philadelphia.

To purchase jazz festival tickets, or for additional information on the jazz festival please visit www.pinelandsjazz.com.

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Camp Ockanickon’s amphitheater has great acoustics and the shade trees provided a great experience for all of the Jazz Lovers that came out to hear the bands play.  Last year was an amazing event full of great music and family fun.

So.. who are we?

We are Musicians who are also parents, or is it parents who are also Musicians?? We have banded together for a common cause that is becoming more and more evident in our schools.  Since – in harder fiscal times, music and arts are always the first programs cut back or worse – removed all together from our public schools.  We believe that Music, Arts, and Cultural programs in schools are just as beneficial to a student’s emerging skills as academic programs.  We formed this organization to support music education in our community through scholarships, mentorships, classes and performance opportunities. We are a 100% volunteer 501c3 organization dedicated to ensuring any kid that wants to play an instrument should be given that opportunity.