Stax Music Academy fulfills its mission through two major programs the S.N.A.P. (Soul Nurtures Artistic Performance) Afterschool program and the Summer Music Experience.
The Stax Music Academy S.N.A.P! After School Program operates Monday through Friday from 4:30 until 7 p.m. from late August until early-May each year. The After School Program offers eight different ensembles in which students study vocal and instrumental technique in a variety of genres, in addition to audio engineering. Students in the After School Program perform three major public concerts: a Black History Month production in February, and our Spring concert in April.
The Stax Music Academy Summer Music Experience is a 4-week intensive music camp that prepares the young musician-athlete for the rigors of a career in the music industry. With classes in Stax History, Songwriting, Music Production, and Music Business, students are given the opportunity to write and record their own song, and learn how to market themselves using web-based tools and digital media. Discipline, musicianship, and solid technique are taught by an incredible summer staff including Grammy award winning artists such as Kirk Whalum, Stax Legends such as David Porter, other educators and seasoned professionals. The Summer Music Experience culminates with a Grand Finale Concert at the historic Levitt Shell which reaches an audience of over 5,000 people.