Taking applications now for Stax Music Academy Summer Music Experience!

The Stax Music Academy is taking applications now for our Summer Music Experience 2018, which runs June 4 – 30, 2018 culminating with our Grand Finale Concert on June 30th at Memphis’ Levitt Shell.

Auditions for the Summer Music Experience begin May 7, 2018.

To schedule an audition, please call 901-946-2535 ext. 250

Please know that “audition” is simply an application process through which we help place you the appropriate ensemble, age group, etc. It is not a stipulation that students possess a high level of music, vocal, or instrumental experience.

The program is open to Rising 6th- 12th Grade (SP 2018 graduates are eligible).


Tuition is based on household size and family income, and starts at $100 with a maximum of $500. Both need- (up to 80% of tuition) and merit- (up to 100%) based scholarships are available to those who audition by May 10th. After the May 10th audition, only need based scholarships are available.


Students attend the program from 9 am-5 pm. In the morning, students take five academic classes:

Staxology – soul music history, content varies with the theme for the year

Songwriting – as a class, the students write a complete song; the lyrics, the score, the background vocals, etc., with the guidance of the instructor. Students compete to record their song in a local historic recording studio and perform at the SME Grand Finale Concert at the Levitt Shell which garners over 4,000 attendees annually.

Music Business – students learn what it takes to promote their work, how the music business operates, and how to protect their work.

Production – Students work collaboratively to learn the process of working in the studio and record the song they’ve created in their songwriting class.

Practicum – students will learn the basic tenets of showmanship while increasing their self-esteem on and off the stage.

In the afternoon, students have sectional rehearsals in order to hone their craft on their instrument. The last portion of the day is reserved for ensemble rehearsals, wherein students learn the music assigned to them for the Les Paul Be the Band competition, original written songs, and the SME Grand Finale Concert.