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2014 Fall Scholarship Applications

Fall 2014 Scholarship Applications can be downloaded (use the link below), filled-out and and submitted to the office beginning June 1. Application deadline is July 20. All scholarship recipients will be notified after July 31.

Thank you!
Carol Ivkovich

Scholarship Application Form

2nd Summer Session Begins July 21

We’ve had so much fun this summer that we’re doing it again! The 2nd session of classes begins on Monday, July 21. Available classes include: Adult Piano I, Way Kool Keyboarding for Teens, Way Kool Keyboarding for Kids and Teaching Little Mozarts (group piano) for ages 5-7.  Drum Circle class continues through July 28. Sign up! 782-3221 x 118

Fall Open House

The JSO Community Music School Fall Open House is Thursday, August 21st @ 6:30 p.m. Meet the CMS faculty, take a tour of our facility and register for classes/private lessons.  Questions:  782-3221 x 118 or

Drum Circles

Drum Circles….what kind of image comes to mind? People banging randomly on drums–just making noise? The drum circles at the JSO Community Music School are anything but random. Tia Harvey, our drum circle instructor, works tirelessly with students to improve their rhythm skills while having a good time. Students are exposed to a variety of world percussion instruments in class. In addition to discovering new instruments, students learn valuable rhythm skills and vital teamwork skills. Drum circles are level playing fields where everyone can have a chance to be the leader. Positive peer pressure and interaction are promoted in these circles.  No previous experience is necessary to participate and there is no age limit.  Come join the fun and express yourself in a creative way!

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Hogwarts Summer Camp

The JSOCMS held our Hogwarts Music Camp in June. What a fun time was had by all! 27 students attended and put on a great concert at the end of the camp. The highlight of Hogwarts (besides music) is all the “magic” that happens. Each day brings different surprises and challenges!

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Mrs. Miller and the Sorting Hat!

Our Sorting Hat (with the help of Mrs. Miller) does an amazing job.  The week began with each camper being “sorted” into the appropriate Hogwarts House. From there, the games began!

Students visited the “Potion Table” and received regular mail delivery from their Owls. Each night the owls went to roost at a different location in the JSO building. Some mornings it was a challenge to locate our owls!

Hogwarts Potion TableCreating our own potions was a big hit with the students!

During the morning, students worked intensively with private instructors. They learned new pieces, polished skills and discovered the value of teamwork. Playing in an ensemble can be fun and rewarding. :-)

Ensemble playing can be a blast!

Ensemble playing can be a blast!

We ended each morning with a lively game time. Theory games were never so much fun. A healthy sense of competition between Hogwarts Houses helped a great deal.  Students are playing musical twister and flyswatter note names on staff.

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Hogwarts Camp is a highlight of our musical year! Each year, students anxiously await to see what new things may happen at Hogwarts!



Jackson School of the Arts

Did you see our ad in the August Jackson Magazine?

More About Us…

Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School (JSOCMS) is the educational arm of the Jackson Symphony. We are located in Jackson, Michigan. Our school provides private lessons on all instruments, classes, performing opportunities and a variety of family friendly events and concerts.

We currently have 230 students enrolled in our school with ages spanning 2-75.

Our programs include Early Childhood Music, Flute Choir, Guitar classes, Drum Circles,  Junk Percussion, Theory, String Team and Band Teams

For info on classes and opportunities: or Call us at 517-782-3221 x 118