About the Program: 

Grasshoppers is a mentorship and performance opportunity for students to learn the ins and outs of composing for a professional ensemble. Through one-on-one private lessons and professional group feedback, students will gain valuable insight into the idiosyncrasies of composing. By the end of the program, students will be able to understand the basic skills needed to compose a tune, use digital notation software, and correctly notate parts for rhythm section and horns.  

Students will be guided through the entire process by our Grasshoppers Coordinator, Mieke Bruggeman who is more than happy to answer any questions, help with mentor assignments and ensure that students have a positive learning experience! Feel free to reach out at mieke@pjce.org

Grasshoppers 2018 students and workshop faculty at Portland State University.

Tuition is $400 per student and includes:

  • Workshop #1: February 8 at PSU Rm 47 (Time TBD)
  • Workshop #2: March 14 at PSU Rm 47 (Time TBD)
    -The workshops will provide students with the opportunity to hear their piece performed by professional musicians and get feedback on improving their writing skills-
  • Four individual composition lessons with a mentor
  • Invitation to attend a PJCE rehearsal, Date TBD
  • Professional audio recording of their finished pieces as performed by our musicians at The 1905 on April 5 – GREAT for resumes! –

Scholarships:

Thanks to the generous support from PROWUS and the Lynne Detrick Memorial Fund, we are able to offer a limited number of partial and full scholarships.

The scholarship fund is meant to provide support to students who are recommended by their teachers, but who do not have the financial means to pay full tuition. We don’t ask students to verify their financial status with any kind of documentation, but ask that students and their families consider their financial need when requesting a full or partial scholarship.

Please indicate that you are requesting a scholarship on the Intake Survey (see link below) or by emailing our Grasshoppers Coordinator, mieke@pjce.org.

Hear the voices of the 2018 Grasshoppers on our podcast!

Prerequisites:

All students should be enrolled in some kind of music study, either in school or independently, and must be able to read music at a basic level. Knowledge of jazz performance is beneficial, but not necessary. Using digital notation software, such as Finale, Sibelius, Muse Score or something similar is highly recommended. 

Who can participate:

High-school music students, advanced middle-school students as well as early college students and emerging professionals. Space is limited to 12 students. Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The PJCE will make every accommodation possible for students with disabilities.

How it works:

The Grasshoppers band in performance at The 1905 in March, 2018.

  • Students can be recommended by their band director, private teacher or by contacting our Grasshoppers Coordinator mieke@pjce.org.
  • Fill out the Intake Survey (below) to determine eligibility, availability and any scholarship needs.
  • Confirm your availability by downloading the Deadline Checklist (below). The most critical are the workshops and final concert!
  • After receiving an acceptance letter, students can sign-up online, get their mentorship assignment and get started!

What is expected of our mentees: 

  • Be proactive about contacting and communicating with your mentor – ask as many questions as you need to feel confident about your work!
  • Having access to a computer is essential. Having access to music notation software is a plus, but we can help students find software if needed.
  • Provide all necessary materials to your mentor and/or musicians by their due dates.
  • Attend two workshops and provide input/answer questions as needed (dates listed above).
  • Attend the final performance on April 5 at The 1905.
  • Be prepared to discuss your work for any of our promotional material as well as at the final concert.

To sign up for the program or to learn more, email our Grasshoppers Coordinator Mieke Bruggeman at mieke@pjce.org

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