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Jazz Camp FAQ REGISTER ONLINE NOW

go to answer Who is eligible to attend Jazz Camp?
go to answer Are there programs for all instrumentalists, vocalists and string players?
go to answer Is it more appropriate for me to attend the Jazz Camp or Jazz Residency?
go to answer Are friends and family welcome at any Jazz Camp events?

go to answer Are there recreational activities during Jazz Camp?
go to answer What evening events take place?
go to answer Can I see a sample daily schedule?
go to answer What is a Jazz Camp Commuter?
go to answer What is a Jazz Camp Resident participant?
go to answer What do students eat?
go to answer What time is lunch each day?
go to answer What type of housing accommodations are available for Jazz Camp Residents?
go to answer Is there adult supervision in the dormitories during Jazz Camp?
go to answer Can students practice in the dormitories?
go to answer How much pocket money should the participant bring?
go to answer Are there laundry facilities?
go to answer Are there special hotel packages for families of Jazz Camp participants?
go to answer How do I register?
go to answer How much does Jazz Camp cost?
go to answer Is financial aid available?
go to answer What forms of payment are acceptable?
go to answer When is payment due?
go to answer Space availability and processing of applications?
go to answer What is the cancellation and refund policy?
go to answer Where is Jazz Camp held and how do I get there?
go to answer Does Stanford Jazz Workshop pick up students at the airport?
go to answer Is parking available?
go to answer Can I receive mail at Jazz Camp?
go to answer Can I attend the Stanford Jazz Festival during the week?
go to answer When are the participant recitals?
go to answer What time do the recitals end?
go to answer Where are the participant recitals?
go to answer What should the student wear for the participant recital?
go to answer Can family and friends videotape or record the participant recital?
go to answer Are there video or audio recordings of the Jazz Camp participant recital for sale?
go to answer What is the cost of attending the recitals?
go to answer Is there secured instrument storage?
go to answer Does everyone have to bring their own instrument? Are any available for rent?
go to answer Can students study more than one instrument at camp?
go to answer Student Behavior

Who is eligible to attend Jazz Camp?
Jazz Camp welcomes students ages 12 to 17. The camp features tracks for all levels of jazz players and a Beginning Jazz Program created for students who have a basic proficiency* on an instrument but little or no previous jazz/improvisation experience. Students will be placed in combos and classes with players of similar experience and ability.

* We recommend that attendees have at least 18 months experience playing their instruments, whether or not this has included any jazz.

Are there programs for all instrumentalists, vocalists and string players?
Jazz Camp is designed for performers on all instruments, including string players (such as violin, viola, cello) and vocalists. The Jazz Camp string program is designed to bridge the gap between classical study and jazz techniques, and offers string players instruction in basic improvisation skills and other jazz techniques specific to their instruments. Vocalists receive instruction in jazz singing and improvisation within a small ensemble setting, in addition to the same general curriculum as instrumentalists.

Is it more appropriate for me to attend the Jazz Camp or Jazz Residency?
Jazz Camp is limited to participants ages 12 to 17; Jazz Residency is designed for adults. However, advanced participants under 18 may be admitted to Jazz Residency by audition. There are several factors to consider when making the decision about which program to attend, including housing, transportation, maturity of student, performance ability, and student goals.

Are friends and family welcome at any Jazz Camp events?
Family and friends of Jazz Camp participants are invited to attend the Stanford Jazz Participant Concert, held on the final Friday of each week. Admission to this event is free. Family and friends may also purchase tickets for the SJW pre-concert buffet dinner. The dinner takes place on Friday immediately before the concert for a nominal charge. Dinner reservations must be made and paid for by Wednesday of each week.

Family and friends may purchase tickets to nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts, which are public, general admission, ticketed events. See ticket info below.

Students attending Jazz Camp Week One receive free admission to Stanford Jazz Festival concerts July 18 - 23. Students attending Jazz Camp Week Two receive free admission to festival concerts July 25 through 30.

Additional concert tickets can also be purchased:

In person: Stanford Ticket Office, Tresidder Memorial Student Union
By phone: 650.725.ARTS
Online: http://tickets.stanford.edu
At Door: Pending availability

Additional ticket information is available by clicking here.

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Are there recreational activities during Jazz Camp?
Yes, Stanford Jazz Workshop's camp counselors arrange various recreational activities each day. These may include sports, arts and crafts, and campus tours.
(Please note: Stanford sports and recreation facilities are not open to Stanford Jazz Camp participants.)

What evening events take place?
After the evening's Stanford Jazz Festival concert, Jazz Camp participants may practice, attend one of the supervised jam sessions, participate in an informal jam session, attend counselor-organized activities in the dormitories, or enjoy free time. Following the festival concert on Monday through Thursday, there is a faculty jam session. All participants are invited to attend. Our counseling staff will supervise resident participants attending the jam session; commuter participants should make necessary supervision arrangements with their parents to attend the jam.

Can I see a sample daily schedule?
Click here to see a sample schedule for Jazz Camp & Residency - though the specific Workshop classes and events will change, the basic structure is generally consistent. Keep in mind that each participant's individual schedule will be determined at the beginning of Camp or Residency based upon their unique requirements.

What is a Jazz Camp Commuter?
Commuter participants are those who are not staying on campus in Stanford University dormitory facilities under the supervision of Stanford Jazz Workshop camp counselors. Transportation for commuter participants must be arranged by parent(s) or guardian; Stanford Jazz Workshop is not responsible for the transportation of commuter students to the Stanford University campus.

All Jazz Camp participants must be on campus by 9:00 am for the mandatory general meeting, Monday through Friday. Students' daily schedules are distributed at this mandatory general meeting. Classes end at 5:00 pm each day. Commuter students are welcome to stay for Stanford Jazz Festival concerts, which end at approximately 9:30 pm each evening. Commuters do not receive meals, but may purchase their own food at dining halls or restaurants on the Stanford University campus.

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What is a Jazz Camp Resident participant?
Resident participants are those staying on campus in assigned Stanford University dormitory facilities under the supervision of Stanford Jazz Workshop camp counselors. Resident participants must adhere to a curfew of 10 p.m. as well as other policies established by Stanford Jazz Workshop. All resident participants must obey all rules and regulations of Stanford University. Residents will receive a meal plan with their housing package that allows them to eat at designated food concessions.

What do students eat?
Students may eat at a range of food concessions in the Tresidder Student Union. A variety of food options are available including sandwiches, pizza, salads, and international choices. Additional food options are available in the dormitories and on the Stanford University campus. Although food choices are limited on Sunday evening, during the week there will be choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Commuter participants should plan to purchase meals as necessary from restaurants on the Stanford University Campus. Resident participants will receive specific information on the meal plan at the Sunday night dormitory meeting.

What time is lunch each day?
Lunch break is from noon to 1 pm.

What type of housing accommodations are available for Jazz Camp Residents?
Jazz Camp Residents are housed in dormitories located on the Stanford University Campus. Generally, students will be assigned to a room with one other same-sex roommate of similar age. Roommate requests can be submitted with the general application. A roommate request is not a guarantee of rooming placement, although SJW does its best to accommodate requests.

The dorms have shared, same sex bathroom/shower facilities. Dorms do not have air conditioning. Because it can get hot during the summer at Stanford, we advise all students to bring their own fan.

Is there adult supervision in the dormitories during Jazz Camp?
There is one counselor for every 10-12 resident students.

Can students practice in the Dorms?
No. For the consideration of all dorm residents, students can only practice at the Braun Music Center.

How much pocket money should the participant bring?
Prices at food providers at the Tresidder Student Union range from $7 to $12 for a lunch meal. Resident Jazz Camp participants will receive a meal card, which can be used to purchase all meals. Participants may wish to bring extra money to purchase books, jazz recordings, film, snacks, souvenirs, or other supplies.

The Stanford Federal Credit Union, Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank are located at Tresidder Memorial Union. ATM machines connected to the STAR, PLUS, CIRRUS, MC, and VISA systems are also available.

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Are there laundry facilities?
Yes. Washers and dryers are located in the dormitories. Students must provide their own detergent.

Are there special hotel packages for families of Jazz Camp participants?
We suggest the following hotel partners to participants wishing to stay off campus during SJW programs. Please mention the Stanford Jazz Workshop when making your reservations.

Rosewood Sand Hill
650.561.1500
Stanford Park Hotel
650.322.1234
866.241.2431

How do I register?
You can apply online via the Stanford Jazz Workshop website beginning December 15th; you can download and fax a completed enrollment form or you can call our office at 650.736.0324 and request that the form be mailed to you if you do not have internet access.

How much does Jazz Camp cost?
Tuition only (no dorm room) for one week is $995. Tuition plus Housing and Meals for one week is $1710. Please see the price list page for more information.

Is financial aid available?
A limited number of financial need-based scholarships are available to SJW programs. Scholarship application postmark deadline: March 15, 2010. Financial aid applications may be downloaded from this page.

What forms of payment are acceptable?
Stanford Jazz Workshop accepts personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover). Make checks out to "Stanford Jazz Workshop." There will be a $25 charge on any returned check.

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When is payment due?
A $100 (per week) non-refundable deposit is due with your enrollment application for Jazz Camp. Payment in full is due no later than June 4th. Please see information below on Space Availability & Processing Applications, Deadlines, Cancellations and Refunds.

Space Availability and Processing of Applications?
Space in all Stanford Jazz Workshop summer programs is limited and granted to eligible applicants with completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for 2011 programming opens December 2010. Students registering prior to March 15, 2011 will receive an early registration discount of $50. A complete application includes: application form and initial deposit. Incomplete applications will not be processed and do not guarantee a space in any program.

Deadlines:
March 15: Early registration deadline: register online or postmark your application by this date to receive a discount of $50 from the price of tuition.
March 15:
Postmark deadline for scholarship applications.
June 4: Postmark deadline for full payment of Jazz Camp tuition, and room and board if applicable. Last day for cancellation requests for full refund less deposit.
June 30: Deadline for cancellation to receive a 50% refund of Jazz Camp and Residency tuition (and housing & meals if applicable for applicants under 18), minus deposit. Cancellation requests received after July 1st will not be eligible for refund. Cancellations for all programs must be made in writing via email to registrar@stanfordjazz.org by an adult 18 years of age or older.

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What is the cancellation and refund policy?
Deposits for Evening Summer, Jazz Camp, Jazz Residency are non-refundable. Cancellation requests for all programs must be made in writing via email to "registrar@stanfordjazz.org" by an adult 18 or over. See Deadlines for eligible refunds depending on cancellation dates.

Where is Jazz Camp held and how do I get there?
Stanford Jazz Workshop's educational programs are presented in the Braun Music Center near the Tresidder Student Union on the Stanford University Campus. For complete directions click here.

Does Stanford Jazz Workshop pick up students at the airport?
No. Stanford Jazz Workshop does not arrange transportation for participants arriving at or departing from the airport. Click here for information on transportation from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Click here for information on transportation from Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC).

Is parking available?
Parking on Stanford University is free on weekends and after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. On weekdays, parking permits or hourly payment receipts are required for any parked vehicle on the Stanford University campus. Paid hourly parking is available at several lots. Daily and monthly parking permits are available for purchase at the Florence Moore Summer Conference office located across the parking lot from the Braun Music Center. For complete information, click here.

Jazz Camp Resident participants are not allowed to drive, nor allowed to ride in a car (except with a parent or guardian), during Jazz Camp.

Can I receive mail at Jazz Camp?
Yes. US Mail should be sent to:

Student Name
c/o Stanford Jazz Workshop
PO Box 20454
Stanford CA 94309

Fed Ex may be sent to:

Braun Music Center
Stanford University
Attn: Stanford Jazz Workshop, YOUR STUDENT'S NAME HERE
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305 - 3076

Mail should be mailed in time to arrive before the conclusion of the student's participation. Stanford Jazz Workshop will not forward student mail.

Can I attend the Stanford Jazz Festival during the week?
Stanford Jazz Festival concerts are public, general admission, ticketed events. Concerts feature Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty and guest performers. Each concert lasts 90 to 120 minutes.

Admission to Stanford Jazz Festival concerts is free for Jazz Camp participants Sunday through Friday of the week(s) they attend the program. Students must arrive at the concert no later than 45 minutes prior to performance. After that, Jazz Camp participants will be admitted with the general public on a space-available basis.

Additional concert tickets can also be purchased for family and friends:

In person: Stanford Ticket Office, Tresidder Memorial Student Union
By phone: 650.725.ARTS
Online: http://tickets.stanford.edu
At Door: Pending availability

Additional ticket information is available by clicking here.

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When are the participant recitals?
Jazz Camp participant recitals will be held on Friday, July 22 (Camp Week One) and Friday, July 29 (Camp Week Two). Recitals begin at 6:00 pm. Admission is free.

Due to the large number of performing student combos, concerts are held in multiple venues, with staggered start times. A full concert schedule is posted online and in Braun Music Center on the afternoon prior to each recital, and SJW staff and volunteers provide schedule information to audience members as they arrive at the venues.

There will be a buffet dinner prior to each Jazz Camp participant recital. Participants are admitted free. Tickets will be offered for sale to family and friends.

Note: Our office cannot provide recital schedule information for individual students over the phone. The recital schedule will be posted online Friday morning on the day of the recital for your reference.

What time do the recitals end?
Jazz Camp participant recitals conclude at approximately 10 pm.

Where are the participant recitals?
Recital concerts take place at several venues on the Stanford University campus, all near the Braun Music Center. Venues may include Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Campbell Recital Hall, and Braun Rehearsal Hall. Participant ensembles' venue assignments are posted in the main lobbies of Braun Music Center and Dinkelspiel Auditorium in the afternoon prior to the recital. Please do not call our offices to find out the scheduling for a particular participant. We cannot provide this information over the phone. The recital schedule will be posted online Friday morning on the day of the recital for your reference. We appreciate your understanding.

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What should the student wear for the participant recital?
Neat, casual dress. Not formal.

Can family and friends videotape or record the participant recital?
Yes, although we ask those interested in videotaping to be considerate and respect others' ability to see and hear the show without disruption. We also ask that you use no extra lighting, and keep flash photography to a minimum.

What is the cost of attending the recitals?
Participant recitals are free and open to the public.

Are there video or audio recordings of the Jazz Camp participant recital for sale?
Stanford Jazz Workshop does not provide video or audio recordings of the participant recitals to any students, family, friends, or public. Those interested in recording or videotaping the performance may do so only with their own equipment from their seats, and in a non-disruptive manner.

Is there secured instrument storage?
Yes. Instrument lockers are available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Participants must provide their own lock. For Jazz Camp participants who are unable to get a locker, supervised rooms for instrument storage are available.

Does everyone have to bring their own instrument? Are any available for rent?
Most classrooms are equipped with a piano, a drum set, and necessary amps. If possible, students may also bring a small portable amp.

In most other cases, students should bring their own instruments. It is possible for students to borrow equipment and instruments from Stanford Jazz Workshop, but for some instruments the choices are limited. If it is difficult for you to bring your own instrument, please see below for more information, and call our offices if you need additional information. A deposit and a usage fee will be required. Students will be responsible for any damage that occurs to these instruments.

Students who may need to rent an instrument should contact:

Gelb Music
722 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94063
650.365.8878
www.gelbmusic.com

Brass and Woodwind instruments:
There is a limited supply of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and tubas/sousaphones. Please contact us well in advance to reserve these instruments. These instruments will require a deposit and a usage fee.

Guitars:
We currently have no electric guitars available for loan.

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Basses and Cellos:
We have a limited number of acoustic basses and cellos available to lend. A deposit and usage fee are required. These are good quality instruments, but will not be equipped with transducer "pick-ups." If you want to amplify these instruments you must provide your own "pick up." Participants are welcome to use our amplifiers (see below).

Pianos and Keyboards:
There will be a piano and/or keyboard provided in every rehearsal room.

Amps:
We will have a Peavey KBA100 in every combo room. These amps have four channels, no effects, and limited equalization. If bass and guitar players don’t bring amps, they may both plug in to the KBA100. This is not an optimal sonic situation, but it does work for rehearsal purposes. There are a very limited number of small GK bass amps and several guitar amps, which are intended primarily for faculty use. If these amps are available they can be used by students, but cannot be reserved in advance. If this situation is not adequate to your needs, you may bring your own amp. Jazz Camp students may not remove amps from the rooms in which they are located. Separate guitar and bass amps will be provided for all performance situations.

Drums:
Drum sets and some percussion equipment will be available for a usage fee of $35, for those Stanford Jazz Workshop students who are unable to bring their own sets. Students will be able to use any of the drum equipment in our classrooms. These drums will be kept in their designated combo rehearsal room and cannot be moved by students. Payment of the usage fee does not entitle any student to use the set at all times, nor will a student have exclusive use of one particular set. Students may practice on Stanford Jazz Workshop's drum kits when they are available. These practice opportunities will usually be at night when there are no classes in session. Jazz Camp participants may have to share sets during master classes. Students should bring their own sticks, and may bring their own cymbals if they prefer. Sets will be provided at all performance situations.

Can students study more than one instrument at camp?
Students must pick a primary instrument, which is the instrument they will use for their placement auditions on the first day of Jazz Camp. This is the instrument they will play in their combo. In some cases, we may be able to accommodate secondary instruments for master classes and private lessons.

Student Behavior
All participants, by attending our programs, agree to abide by Stanford Jazz Workshop's rules and regulations, which all students will receive prior to the Jazz Camp. All participants must also abide by all Stanford University rules and regulations. Any violation of the policies of either Stanford Jazz Workshop or Stanford University will result in dismissal without refund.

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