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The Alpha School of Music offers a 1-semester and 1-year Jamaican Music Experience for international musicians between the ages of 19-28. Learn ska, reggae, rocksteady, and mento beside Jamaican music students at the world-renowned Alpha campus. 

Prospective students may select the Fall or Spring Semester or the full academic year Jamaican music immersion programme. The Jamaican Music Experience is for students with prior music knowledge seeking hands-on practical and theoretical music instruction in a structured classroom setting..

How to apply

STEP 1 – Complete an online application form

STEP 2 – Submit your audition video

STEP 3 – Pay your $20 USD application fee (non-refundable)

STEP 4 –Upload your supporting documents

View the Jamaican Music Experience brochure

Take a Virtual Tour of the Alpha School of Music Campus

Video Audition Requirements for the Jamaican Music Experience

Applicants are invited to audition on wind, brass, piano/keyboard, lead guitar, bass guitar, and drum set. Until further notice voice will not be accepted as a principal instrument.

Wind & Brass Instruments

Remember to state your name and introduce the pieces you will perform

Play two (2) melodies from contrasting genres, at least 2 minutes in length each. Choose pieces that showcase your talents.

Play any two (2) major scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Play any two (2) minor scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Piano

Remember to state your name and introduce the pieces you will perform

Play two (2) pieces (melody & harmony) from contrasting genres, at least two (2) minutes in length each. Choose pieces that showcase your talents.

Play any two (2) major scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Play any two (2) minor scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Play a 12-bar blues progression in a key of your choice

Electric Guitar

Remember to state your name and introduce the pieces you will perform

Play one (1) melody, at least 2 minutes in length. Choose a piece that showcases your talents.

Play any two (2) major scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Play any two (2) minor scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Play a 12-bar blues progression in a key and voicing of your choice

Play a I IV V I chord progression in a key and voicing of your choice

Bass Guitar

Remember to state your name and introduce the pieces you will perform

Play any two (2) major scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Play any two (2) minor scales ascending and descending at 70 beats per minute

Play one (1) melody, up to 2 minutes in length. Choose music that showcases your talents.

Play a walking bassline over a 12-bar blues in a key of your choice

Play up to four (4 ) bars of a distinctive bassline from popular songs.

Drum Set

Remember to state your name and introduce the pieces you will perform

Play two (2) contrasting drum rhythms. Include a 4-bar improvisation in each.

Play four (4) different snare drum rudiments of your choice

Play one (1) piece of your choice with an accompanying track

Application for the Jamaican Music Experience

You will need to upload the following documents to complete registration

· A high-resolution scan of a government-issued identification showing your picture and date of birth e.g., a passport photo page Driver’s License, State ID, etc

· A scanned copy of a passport-sized picture

· A copy of your most recent school report/transcript which proves you have graduated from high school (or the equivalent).

· Evidence of your English Language proficiency (only if English is not your first language) e.g. TOEFL (iBT) score of 50 or above, IELTS 5.0 or above, TOEIC 600 or above, CEFR Level B2 or above.

Dates & Deadlines September 2024

Deadline for application for Admission: September 8th, 2024 

Late Applications for Admission: September 11-15th, 2024 (Additional Fee $50USD)

Classes begin September 4th, 2024

After submission of all the required documents, you will be informed about your status within 3 weeks of submission.

Application Fee

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Estimated Cost of Living 2024-2025

This information is to be used as a guide to possible costs over 1 academic year.

Accommodation (In and around the Mona & Kingston 6 area)

Single Occupancy $750-$900 USD/month

Double Occupancy $1,000-$1200/ month

Meals

Approximately $20USD per day

Tuition & Fees

International student tuition $4,000.00 USD per academic year (2 semesters), $2,000.00
USD per semester (Fall or Spring)

Students on Scholarship

Students on scholarships are encouraged to travel with at least one month’s expenses to cover costs pending receipt of scholarship disbursements.

Accommodation in Kingston

The Alpha campus is located at 26 South Camp Road, Kingston 4. There are a variety of private accommodations, student housing, and Airbnb’s within 8km of the Alpha campus.

The following are links to some of the student accommodations available in Kingston

1) 138 Student Living Student Accommodations

2) Zenith Boarding Zenith Boarding

3) Airbnb Vacation Homes & Condo Rentals – Airbnb – Airbnb

4) Hostels: Raggamuffin Hostel °RAGAMUFFIN HOSTEL KINGSTON (Jamaica)

                     Backpackers Hostel, Kingston

International Students – Student Visas

1) Commonwealth Citizens (most of the Caribbean countries, UK, Australia, Canada, etc.) do not require a student visa to study in Jamaica. However, students must do the following on arrival to the country:

· Present a valid passport (or other acceptable travel documents*) to immigration officers

· Present an acceptance/registration letter from the Alpha School of Music to immigration officers

· Visit a PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency) office within 2 weeks of landing in Jamaica, and complete and submit an Extension of Stay form at a cost of J$10,000 fee (approx. US$65). Documents required:

o Valid passport for at six (6) months.

o Letter of Registration from an Educational Institution (accredited by the Ministry of Education) addressed to the Chief Executive Officer.

o Return ticket for one (1) year.

2) Students from non-commonwealth countries (including the United States Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, etc.) require a student visa prior to arriving in Jamaica. Students who arrive without the required visa will be denied entry into Jamaica by Immigration. Persons cannot pursue studies under visitor status.

I. Visas can be obtained from the nearest Jamaican Embassy or Consulate. Click here to identify your nearest embassy Consulates General – MFAFT – Jamaica

Note: Non-Commonwealth Citizens are charged an additional fee for Multiple Entry Visa. This fee varies according to the country of residence. Contact your nearest Jamaican Consulate/Embassy for processing times and fees.

Student Visa Requirements

a. A valid passport

b. A visa for each entry (if required)

c. A confirmed return ticket valid for a period of one (1) year

d. A letter of acceptance from the school or institution to which the student will be attending.

e. Adequate funds to cover expenses for one (1) year in the first instance.

f. Name of the person (s) responsible for student (s) while at school.

II. After acquiring a student visa and on arriving in Jamaica, students must within 2 weeks of landing in Jamaica:

a. Visit a PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency) office, and

complete and submit an Extension of Stay form at a cost of J$10,000 fee (approx. US$65). Documents Required:

i. Valid passport for at six (6) months.

ii. Letter of Registration from an Educational Institution (accredited by the Ministry of Education) addressed to the Chief Executive Officer.

iii. Return ticket for one (1) year.

iv. Entry visa

b. Complete an Alien Registration Card and submit it with 2 passport-sized pictures and a fee of J$2,000 (approx. US$13) to the Immigration Office. (Applicable only if the student is over 16 years and is staying for 6 months or longer)

3) Foreign students/nationals who have a claim to Jamaican citizenship are encouraged to obtain a Jamaican passport and use it to enter or leave Jamaica, even when using a foreign passport overseas. The only exception is when they have renounced their Jamaican Citizenship or have an Unconditional landing in their foreign passport.

*Other acceptable travel Documents

Document of Identity (if the holder is not a Jamaican citizen then a visa might be required); see list of visa countries

Certificate of Identity

Laissez Passer

Documents issued to refugees

‘Kinderausweis’ issued to German minors

Military documents for military personnel traveling by air; whether Military passport on I.D.

Seaman certificate if traveling by sea

For further information or clarification, please contact the Passport, Immigration, and Citizenship Agency (PICA) at (876) 754-7422 or https://www.pica.gov.jm/immigration/fees