The Basie Center’s Music Performance Programs


The Count Basie Center’s Performing Arts Academy is home to the region’s most popular and comprehensive music performance programs. William “Count” Basie was one of America’s original music stars, so it’s no wonder that the Count Basie Center Performing Arts Academy’s music performance programs are second to none!


Monmouth Conservatory of Music

The 50-year tradition of the Monmouth Conservatory of Music is now part of the Basie Academy’s Performing Arts Academy.. Over the last 50 years, more than 10,000 area students have been taught to perform, understand and appreciate classical music through the conservatory, a mission that will continue beneath the Basie Academy umbrella. The Monmouth Conservatory is committed to making music accessible to students and community residents of all ages and financial means through scholarship, outreach programs and free public concerts.

The new Conservatory campus, located at 65 Chestnut Street in Red Bank, includes ten private instruction studios, an ensemble room and plenty of free parking for parents.

Private instrumental instruction is scheduled year-round and students may enroll at any time for lessons in:

  • Piano
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Violin
  • Clarinet
  • Euphonium
  • Viola
  • Oboe
  • Trombone
  • Cello
  • Saxophone
  • Organ
  • String Bass
  • Trumpet
  • Recorder
  • Guitar
  • Tuba
  • Lute

Plus, youth and adult orchestra training, guitar and cello ensembles and more.

For additional info on the Conservatory, visit or call 732-741-8880 or 732.224.8778 x 124.



Jazz Arts Academy

Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie

The Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie is a comprehensive, year-round training program providing real world experience to aspiring teen jazz musicians, producing several dozen events each year ranging from intimate jazz café nights to large-scale events in concert halls and festivals. The Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie is a partnership with Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project, a nonprofit arts organization which provides world-class jazz events, music education programs, educational workshops and special youth programs.

Rehearsals: 4-6PM ● AGES: 13-19 ● Sundays from September 29 – December 1


For more information on the Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie, call 732.224.8778 x 125.



Performing Arts Academy


The Count Basie Center Performing Arts Academy also offers Broadway musical programs for kids, group and private vocal instruction, audio engineering, digital composition and more. Click here to learn about all of our Academy offerings.