Jazz y Música Caribeña
Department of Jazz and Caribbean Music
The department of Jazz and Caribbean Music provide a musical education based on the development of the technical aspects of the instrument and the daily exposition to the fundamentals of harmony, theory, improvisation and styles characteristic to jazz and Caribbean music. Private classes, arranging and assemblies are given often, searching to develop the student’s potential to his or her full capacity.
A little bit of history…
The Department of Jazz and Caribbean music was developed in the year 2004 by professors Marco Pignataro, Andrew Lazaro, the dean Melanie Santana and the principal, María del Carmen Gil.
Basing itself on the “Stage Band,” directed by professor Andrew Lazaro, it was decided to begin designing an inclusive program that would implement jazz pedagogy in conjunction with the development of the idiosyncratic styles of Caribbean music. In August of 2004, the first class of the department was admitted, which was composed of eight students. Today, we have more than 100 from Puerto Rico, the Domincan Republic, Pánama, México, Colombia, Costa Rica and the United States.
The multi-cultural exchange of influences in more than 14 academic groups, concerts and weekly activities, makes our program one of a kind in the world in reference to courses, integration and student interaction.
The Artist in Residency Project provides direct contact with the masters of the genres like professor and jazz icon Eddie Gomez, trumpeter Luis “Perico” Ortíz, trombonist and studious master of folklore William Cepeda, and in the last two years, saxophonist and forefront leader of jazz movement across the world David Sánchez, along with world renowned jazz and “world music” percussionist Paoli Mejías. As visiting artists, the department has counted with numerous professors that have come to share their knowledge with our students. They include Kenny Werner, Jon Faddis, Ray Vega, Bryan Lynch, Dana Hall, Pat Mallinger, Vic Juris, Ben Lapidus, Alexis Cole, Ignacio Berroa and Rick Peckham.
Application and Audition Requirements
The department of Jazz and Caribbean music is looking for students with talent and dedication towards the musical discipline and searching to develop their faculties to the maximum. In order to be admitted to our department the prospective student should complete with the following steps:
1. Fill out and turn in admission application.
2. Provide required documentation. (academic transcriptions, official form etc.)
3. Audition and interview
The panel of admissions will select those students that demonstrate the skill level required during the audition process, so much at the local level as international. All the auditions are evaluated by the audition panel, composed of department faculty. Final decisions of admission will not be made until all requirements have been met with the Admissions Office.
Applications for the 2012-13 academic year should be submitted by the deadline established by the institution. All applicants who are residents of Puerto Rican should participate in a live audition. Foreign students can submit a video with specific requirements, which will later be approved by the institution. Information regarding audition dates and places, will be published periodically. Admitted students will begin their studies in August. Incoming students, for the time being, cannot be admitted in January.
For more detailed information regarding the application process, audtions and admission please contact the admissions office at 787-751-0160 ext. 275, or visit our admissions page.