When we picked our son up, he said ‘I was among giants’ and was very excited by the professional level of the musicians he
met during the week.

~ Jazz Camp parent

AGES 12 – 17

Prerequisite: 18 months instruction

July 14 – 26, 2024

Stanford University Campus

Stay on campus with meal plan included or commute from off-campus

Program Highlights

  • Special classes for participants on Saturday
  • Curriculum for week two builds on week one curriculum; participants don’t repeat same level classes; progressively challenging
  • Classes led by world-class jazz artists and educators

Program Focus

  • Small combo, one-on-a-part improvisation and performance
  • Instrument specific and vocal master classes
  • Jazz theory and musicianship classes
  • Free admission to nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts
  • Faculty jams at CoHo
  • One private lesson each week
  • Fun social activities and sports
  • Showcase performance and family dinner on Fridays at Stanford University

2023 tuition: $2,950
2023 housing and meals for two weeks: $1,980

2024 pricing TBA

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Jazz Camp Package

The Jazz Camp Package provides 13 days of continuous jazz instruction guided by a rigorous curriculum. Each student is provided with a custom built schedule tailored to their needs and skills as a musician. Curriculum for the second week of instruction is based on student schedule for the first week of instruction and gets progressively more challenging. The program offers instrumentalists and vocalists an opportunity to progress rapidly as they play with advanced peers and study with a prestigious faculty of professional musicians and educators.
The Jazz Camp Package curriculum includes master classes, ensemble playing, private instruction, and performance, as well as classes in theory, musicianship, and jazz history. Participants receive added instruction on the Saturday between the first and second week, as well as admission to the Stanford Jazz Festival concert on Saturday night. Jazz Camp Package participants perform in the Friday night Showcases.

Jazz Camp Package Classes and Activities:

  • Jazz theory – focuses on harmony, song forms, scales, and advanced concepts
  • Musicianship – focuses on ear training and rhythm exercises
  • Masterclass – virtuosi faculty members teach strong fundamentals and advanced techniques
  • Special presentations and demonstrations – SJW faculty relate their experiences as leading artists in jazz, perform live demonstrations, and answer questions about what it’s like to study, perform, compose, and live a life in jazz
  • Small ensembles / combos – daily rehearsals in small combos directed by faculty artists
  • Private lessons – every student receives a private lesson with SJW faculty
  • Jam sessions – fun, optional playing sessions with other students and faculty
  • Free time – relax, practice or take part in the talent show, dorm dance, ice cream social, sports, arts and crafts, and jam sessions.

A typical day at Jazz Camp

  • 9:20 Theory or Musicianship classes
  • 10:30 Instrument-specific Masterclasses
  • 12:00 Lunch; Noon concerts by faculty on Wednesday and Friday
  • 1:00 Theory or Musicianship classes
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Combo rehearsals and afternoon classes
  • 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dorm resident daily check-in
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Jam Session (optional)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Counselor-led sports (optional)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Private lessons, Stanford Jazz Festival concerts, dorm dance, s’mores cooking, or other counselor-led activities
  • 10:00 p.m. Faculty Jam (optional)