The Basie’s Music Performance Programs


The Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy is home to the region’s most popular and comprehensive music performance programs.




The Rockit! Live Academy is the Count Basie Theatre’s resident rock and roll performance program. Helmed by the Rockit! Live Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Rockit! runs four, seven-week group programs per year, where kids aged 8-10 learn a specific repertoire of songs, supplemented with individual instruction. At the conclusion of their session, as many as forty-five young musicians divvy up to form separate groups to perform live on the Asbury Park Press stage at the historic Count Basie Theatre, replete with high-production gear and lighting. In addition to its quarterly sessions and live concerts, Rockit! also offers an annual, week-long session as part of the Basie Performing Arts Academy’s summer camps.

Rockit! students have performed with Steven Van Zandt, Jon Bon Jovi, Bobby Bandiera, Max Weinberg, Carmen Appice and others.

The Rockit! Live Foundation’s Summer session concludes with a high-profile, live performance on the Asbury Park Press Stage at the Count Basie Theatre on Saturday, August 26th.

Auditions for the summer session happen on Saturday, July 1st, between 10am and 8pm. Reserve your spot by calling 732-224-8778 x125



Jazz Arts Academy


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

The Jazz Arts Academy will hold a summer camp session in July. For more information on the Jazz Arts Academy at the Basie, call 732.224.8778 x 125.



In 2017, the Count Basie Theatre announced that the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, which has taught more than 10,000 area students to perform, understand and appreciate classical music for more than 50 years, had become part of the Basie’s family of musical performance programs. The Monmouth Conservatory of Music is dedicated to excellence in music education, performance and life-long learning. Recognizing how music enriches the quality of life and opportunities for success for the individual and for society, The 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.

For additional info on the Conservatory, call 732.224.8778 x 125.



The Count Basie Theatre VOICES is a choral ensemble made up of the region’s best singers in 7th through 12 grades. Students from Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties have successfully auditioned for the Voices ensemble, and have performed live on the Basie stage with Patti LuPone, Foreigner and others.

For more information on the Count Basie Theatre VOICES, call 732.224.8778 x 125.


Performing Arts Academy


The Count Basie Theatre 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.